Reflection of Typhoon Morakot - the challenge of compound disaster simulation

Yu Shiu Chen, Yu Shu Kuo, Wen Chi Lai, Yuan Jung Tsai, Shin Ping Lee, Kun Ting Chen, Chjeng Lun Shieh

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Climate change has altered locally single-type disasters to large-scale compound disasters because of increasing intensity and frequency of extreme rainfall events. The compound disasters can combine small-scale floods, debris flows, shallow landslides, deep-seated landslides, and landslide lakes into a large-scale single disaster event. Although simulation models and evaluation tools are available for single-type disasters, no single model is well developed for compound disasters due to the difficulty of handling the interrelationship between two successive single-type disasters. This study proposes a structure for linking available single-type simulation models to evaluate compound disasters and provides a useful tool of decision making for warning and planning of disaster reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-581
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Mountain Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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