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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 3335-3342, 2011
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Research article
19 Dec 2011
Drought-induced building damages from simulations at regional scale
T. Corti*,1, M. Wüest2, D. Bresch2, and S. I. Seneviratne1 1Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2Swiss Reinsurance Company, Zurich, Switzerland
*now at: Center for Climate Systems Modeling, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Abstract. We present a model computing damage costs from drought-induced soil subsidence related to shrinking and swelling soils. The model uses an indicator applicable across different climate regimes. The influence of geology and land use on regional damage levels is taken into account. Simulation results are evaluated at departmental scale, showing a good representation of the regions affected by drought-induced soil subsidence. Substantial differences between simulated and observed damages are however found in some departments.

Citation: Corti, T., Wüest, M., Bresch, D., and Seneviratne, S. I.: Drought-induced building damages from simulations at regional scale, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 3335-3342,, 2011.
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