Probabilistic disaggregation of a spatial portfolio of exposure for natural hazard risk assessment

Rocco Custer*, Kazuyoshi Nishijima

*Corresponding author for this work

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In natural hazard risk assessment situations are encountered where information on the portfolio of exposure is only available in a spatially aggregated form, hindering a precise risk assessment. Recourse might be found in the spatial disaggregation of the portfolio of exposure to the resolution of the hazard model. Given the uncertainty inherent to any disaggregation, it is argued that the disaggregation should be performed probabilistically. In this paper, a methodology for probabilistic disaggregation of spatially aggregated values is presented. The methodology is exemplified with the disaggregation of a portfolio of buildings in two communes in Switzerland and the results are compared to sample observations. The relevance of probabilistic disaggregation uncertainty in natural hazard risk assessment is illustrated with the example of a simple flood risk assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-13
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Disaggregation
  • Portfolio
  • Natural hazard
  • Probabilistic
  • Copula

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