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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-354
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14 Nov 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper was accepted for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).
Assessment of ripple effect and spatial heterogeneity of total losses in the capital of China after a great catastrophe shocks
Zhengtao Zhang1,3, Ning Li1,2,3, Wei Xie4, Yu Liu5, Jieling Feng1,3, Xi Chen1,3, and Li Liu1,3 1State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China
2Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural Disaster, MOE, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China
3Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Ministry of Civil Affairs & Ministry of Education, Beijing, 100875, China
4China Center for Agricultural Policy, School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University, No 5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100871, China
5The Institute of Policy and Management (IPM) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China
Abstract. The total losses caused by natural disaster have spatial heterogeneity due to different economic development level inside the disaster-hit areas. This paper set the scenarios of direct economic loss to introduce the sectors' loss caused by 2008 Wenchuan earthquake into Beijing, utilized Adaptive Regional Input–Output (ARIO) model and Inter-regional ripple effect (IRRE) model. The purpose is to assess the ripple effects of indirect economic loss and spatial heterogeneity of both direct and indirect economic loss at the scale of smallest administrative divisions of China: streets/(villages and towns). The results indicate that the district of Beijing with the most severe indirect economic loss is Chaoyang district; Finance & Insurance industry (#15) of Chaowai Street suffers the most in Chaoyang district, which is 1.46 times of its direct economic loss. During 2008–2014, the average annual GDP growth rate of Beijing could be decreased 3.63 % affected by the catastrophe. Compared with the 8 % of GDP growth rate target, the decreasing GDP growth rate is a significant and noticeable economic impact, and it can be efficiently reduced by increasing rescue effort and priority supporting the industries which are located in the seriously damaged regions.

Citation: Zhang, Z., Li, N., Xie, W., Liu, Y., Feng, J., Chen, X., and Liu, L.: Assessment of ripple effect and spatial heterogeneity of total losses in the capital of China after a great catastrophe shocks, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-354, in review, 2016.
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This paper was first to assess and analyse the ripple effects of indirect economic loss and spatial heterogeneity of both direct and indirect economic loss (which are caused by a hypothetical earthquake with the same magnitude of 2008 Wenchuan earthquake) inside disaster-hit area (Captial Beijing) at the scale of the smallest administrative divisions in China: streets (villages and towns). Results help government to better allocate rescue funds to the regions which may suffer seriously damage.
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