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Disaster waste management: quantity estimation
2019-01-09 21:28:09

Global climate change is increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters. Natural disasters inevitably generate a large amount of debris in a short period of time. In South Korea, floods are the most prevalent natural disaster and are largely responsible for the generation of disaster wastes. If poorly managed, the debris can impede emergency response and lead to potential risks on public health and the environment. For proper management of flood debris, accurate and rapid estimation of debris generation is crucial. Such estimation can provide necessary information for appropriate measures on debris clean-up. Although some countries have already developed their own frameworks on debris estimation, these cannot be directly transferred to other countries because disaster events are case-dependent. Within the scopes, the aim of this study is to suggest proper methodology for development of disaster waste prediction model.