Organizational Impediments to Estimating Populations, and Acquiring, Accessing, and Using Population Data
John A. Kelmelis, U.S Geological Survey and Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Political Geography and Emergency Relief
Wm. Glen Lauber, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
Identify Ways in Which Subnational Demographic and Geographic Data and Tools Could Be Used to Help Decision Makers Provide Useful Information to Populations at Risk
Shannon Doocy, Johns Hopkins University Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Baltimore, Maryland
Cognitive and Institutional Limits on Collecting and Processing Data on Populations at Risk: Preliminary Reflections on Southern African Responses to Displacement
Loren B. Landau, Wits University’s Forced Migration Studies Programme, Johannesburg, South Africa
Strengths and Limitations of Information and Data Analysis in Responding to Crisis in Mali
Mamadou Kani Konaté, CAREF, Bamako, Mali
Mark Pelling, King’s College, London
This paper offers a review of international disaster databases. It draws on Pelling (2005a,b, 2006). Four publicly accessible, international databases are described, and challenges facing the use of these data for subnational analysis are assessed.
Table E-1 presents a summary of the characteristics of four disaster loss databases: EM-DAT, NatCat, Sigma, and DesInventar. These are discussed in turn below.