Validation of a multi-criteria decision making methodology for vulnerability assessment and prioritization of emergency actions

19:00 Tuesday 28 May




Leire Garmendia (Spain) 1; Alessandra Gandini (Spain) 2; Ignacio Piñero (Spain) 2; Jesús Cuadrado (Spain) 1; Eduardo Rojí (Spain) 1; Marta Olazabal (Spain) 3

1 - University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU; 2 - Tecnalia. Sustainable Construction Division; 3 - BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change

Climate change is becoming an increasing urban problem. Over the recent years, the increased frequency of extreme events has impacted on a large number of cities, leading to physical, social and cultural consequences and growing concern over disasters related to climate change. There is a general scientific and policy agreement on that the practice of urban planning needs to respond to these challenges. Hence, a comprehensive tool for decision making is needed. Research presented in this paper describes a deterministic multi-criteria decision methodology (MIVES – Integrated Value Model for Sustainability Assessment) for vulnerability assessment of urban areas and prioritization of emergency actions, supported by multilevel indicators in an uncertainty context to facilitate an informed decision making. Additionally, as current vulnerability and adaptation actions are often assessed on a large scale and buildings constructive characteristic are not considered, this methodology goes a step forward and considers all the elements and buildings as part of the urban environment. The methodology has been developed and demonstrated in two case studies. One in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, to assess vulnerability against flooding events and another one in La Havana, Cuba, to assess vulnerability and prioritize emergency actions.