The standard way in which disaster damages are measured involves examining separately the number of fatalities, of injured and people otherwise affected, as well as the financial damage that natural disasters cause. Here, we propose a way to aggregate these measures of disaster impact. This new index is similar to the WHO’s calculation of Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) lost by disease. The index, however, includes an accounting of the human consequences of the destruction of infrastructures and other capital assets.
A non-technical explanation of the index is available here.
A detailed description is available here.
An interactive dataset, used in calculating global and country-specific measures of the index, is available here.
(users can create their own graphs from the data)
Other papers using the index:
UNISDR's Global Assessment Report 2015.
On the Pacific Islands. Paper.