This research investigates the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These developing countries are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards. An adequate risk assessment is necessary to compute the damage of future hazards as accurately as possible and to help decision makers determine the best measures in order to minimize the socio-economic cost induced by these events. To estimate the damage realistically, the consequences of each type of hazard must be quantified and combined using a multi-hazard risk assessment. The goal of this research is the development of a generic model applicable to different countries within the SIDS. In a first step, a flood risk model for Jamaica is developed using a GIS, based on the existing Flemish risk model.
Prof. dr. Greta Deruyter (Department of Industrial Technology and Construction, UGent) (co-promotor)