CatSIM (Catastrophe Simulation)


General Information:

Author: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Year of publication: 2014

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Pre-disaster risk assessment

Format of assessment: Web tool

Estimated costs for conducting: Low

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Government representatives

Institutional scale of use: National

Assesment to be used by which target audience: State level decision makers

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Interactive graphs


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Financial sector

Method used: Quantitative model

Description of methodology: First, a static risk assessment for the next year is conducted based on hazard, exposure and physical vulnerability. This is combined with an assessment of economic and financial resilience and economic vulnerability as well as a probabilistic estimation of the fiscal and macroeconomic impact of a disaster. In a last step, risk management options are identified

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Country-level probability loss information, fiscal preparedness data, economic output data, capital input data, population data, literature review, potentially interviews

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: User interface allows for understanding the uncertainty within the predictions and how they could affect the outcome

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options, priorization of adaptation options

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Applied by whom: IIASA

Open access: Only the methodology of the digital tool is open access