Informatics for Equitable Recovery: Nepal

PROJECT BRIEF

Informing equitable recovery through mapping in Nepal

Informatics for Equitable Recovery is a transdisciplinary research collaboration that brings together data scientists, engineers, social scientists and civic organizations to improve post-disaster information systems and decision support tools. Example use cases for these information systems include post-disaster needs assessments (PDNA) and the development of aid allocation policies.

After the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, the need for holistic post-disaster information systems became even clearer. Our project aims to develop novel methods combining spatial statistics, field surveys, social science, and machine learning models to develop rapid damage estimates that reflect the different ways that disaster impacts are felt by communities and enable these estimates to be used meaningfully in the recovery process.

Collaborators

Our collaborators come from diverse academic disciplines, are located in different places, and bring their unique perspectives to our work.

Earth Observatory of Singapore — NTU 
Stanford University
Kathmandu Living Labs
ETH Zurich
Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team

Project Goals

1

IMPROVE PHYSICAL DAMAGE ESTIMATES

We are developing a data fusion framework that stakeholders can use to integrate multiple sources of damage data with a limited number of field surveys into a single estimate of damage, and are testing this framework with building damage data collected by Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) as part of the Earthquake Affected Household Registration for Reconstruction Program for the Government of Nepal.

2

ASSESS SOCIO-ECONOMIC DISASTER IMPACTS

Building on our extensive survey of disaster impacts, we will generate a longitudinal dataset on disaster impacts and recovery in order to determine different trajectories of impacts and recovery; identify determinants of these trajectories, including physical damage, socio-economic factors, and disaster cascades; and establish empirical relations between commonly available socio-economic proxies (such as poverty rates) and long-term impacts and recovery.

3

DEVELOP HOLISTIC DISASTER IMPACT METRICS

Using the results of our survey, we will develop a set of holistic impact metrics (recovery-need indicators) based on identified characteristics of pre-existing vulnerability, post-earthquake physical damage, and socioeconomic impact that correlate with different rates of recovery. 

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REPORTS

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Acknowledgements

This project, Supporting Equitable Disaster Recovery Through Mapping (Nepal),  submitted in response to the 2017 call for proposals by the World Bank’s Development Data Group (DECDG) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), is supported by  the  World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) with financing from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of  Korea, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.
The project is also supported by the Earth Observatory of Singapore and National Research Foundation.