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Disaster Classification

DATA project

The Disaster Loss Data (DATA) project, under the umbrella of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, brings together stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors to study issues related to the collection, storage, and dissemination of disaster loss data. The aim is to establish an overall framework for disaster loss data for all providers, to establish nodes and networks for databases, and to conduct sensitivity testing among databases to ensure some level of comparability.


  • All data providers class peril using a standardized scheme
  • Permits comparability across databases despite different goals and objectives of individual databases
  • Enables top-down or bottom-up structure which meets needs of global to local databases


Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Disaster classification

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