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Multiattribute decision making for the assessment of disaster resilience in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area

Yuying Yang, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China
Haixiang Guo, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China; School of Management, Xi'an University of Finance and Economics, Xi'an, China; Mineral Resource Strategy and Policy Research Center of China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China
Linfei Chen, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China
Xiao Liu, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China
Mingyun Gu, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China
Wenwen Pan, School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P. R. China

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-11464-250205

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Abstract

Disaster resilience assessments are critical to both urban and rural development, especially in disaster-prone regions. The Three Gorges Reservoir Area is a typical disaster-prone area, but there is a lack of research on disaster resilience in this area. We proposed a set of indicators and methodologies as a development of a comprehensive disaster resilience evaluation index system that encompasses societal, economic, natural environment, and infrastructure perspectives. Then an integrated approach, which combines 3 weight value determination methods, 6 evaluation methods, and 3 sorting methods, was developed and applied to disaster resilience assessments of 17 counties in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area, from which a final ranking was obtained. The conclusions we got from the research are: (1) the overall disaster resilience in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area is relatively low; (2) the disaster resilience in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area has significant regional differences, as well as social, economic, infrastructural, and environmental resilience; and (3) the societal, economic, and natural environment resilience all have a certain correlation with disaster resilience. Finally, suggestions were given to improve the disaster resilience in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area. This study can provide a framework and method for disaster resilience assessment.

Key words

China; disaster resilience assessment; multiattribute decision-making method; resilience indicators.

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