GAR Atlas – Global Risk Model (GRM)


General Information:

Author: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Year of publication: 2017

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Climate change adaptation assessment

Details: Maps global disaster rIsk

Details: General method can also be reproduced, which would then go beyond the app data

Estimated costs for conducting: Open source

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Others

Details: Potentially data on your country of interest was already generated by this method. Then it is open source. If not, a consultant would be needed to carry out the assessment

Institutional scale of use: Continental

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Local decision makers

Details: The risk metrics presented in the GAR Atlas are designed to identify broad patterns of risk and their development implications rather than to inform development decisions at the local level

Output: Risk map


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide (data depends on the hazard)

Details: Focussed on building stock; agriculture is not yet included, but will be included in the next phase of Global Risk Model (GRM)

Method used: Index development

Description of methodology: Uses a combination of probabilistic hazard models, global exposure models

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Details: Disaster risk: The potential loss of life, injury, destroyed or damaged assets which could occur to a system, society or a community in a specific period of time, determined probabilistically as a function of hazard, exposure, vulnerability and capacity

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Cyclone (including tropical storm, hurricane and typhoon), Earthquake, Flood, Storm surge, Tsunami

Details: Information on strucutral characteristics, use and the value of the building stock exposed to hazardous events; they used the open source multi-hazard risk platform CAPRA to calculate risk

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: Yes

Details: Does not thematize uncertainty, but acknowledges that it exists

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Details: Deals with disaster risk implications for social and economic development

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Yes


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: It is useful for decision making on a national or international scale, not on a small scale

Applied by whom: UNISDR

Open access: Yes