Natural Hazards

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 1205–1216 | Cite as

Spatio-temporal aspects and dimensions in integrated disaster risk management

  • Christoph Aubrecht
  • Sven Fuchs
  • Clemens Neuhold
Original Paper

The concept of disaster risk revisited

The concept of risk has been introduced in disaster management since experiences from past years suggested that elements at risk and vulnerability should be increasingly considered within the framework of hazard and disaster management in order to reduce losses (e.g. Commission of the European Communities 2007; International Standards Organisation 2009).

A disaster is defined as a ‘serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources’ (UNISDR 2009).

The term disaster is thus not used until severe impacts on social systems, including human beings (loss of life) and associated assets (destruction of property), are caused (e.g. Johnson et al. 2006). This view was already promoted in the early stages of the last century (e.g. Queen and Mann 1925; Carr 1932) and...


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We would like to express our sincere thanks to the management and Editorial Board of Natural Hazards, including Thomas Glade who served as the Coordinating Editor, as well as Shobana Ramesh, Sridhar Bhavani and the entire of the team from the Editorial Office of Springer. Moreover, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the reviewers who supported this special issue with their knowledge on different aspects of integrated disaster risk management and their constructive criticism that helped us and the authors to further develop the individual argumentations in the papers. We would also like to thank all the colleagues who contributed to this special issue, above all for their patience during the process of manuscript production and revision.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Aubrecht
    • 1
  • Sven Fuchs
    • 2
  • Clemens Neuhold
    • 3
  1. 1.AIT Austrian Institute of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Mountain Risk EngineeringUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria
  3. 3.Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water ManagementViennaAustria

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