Though hazard mitigation practices reduce hazard damage, they remain under-implemented. This is, in part, because current tools underestimate hazard damages, and therefore, the incentive for mitigation.
To capture the true costs of hazards, CSHub researcher Bensu Manav has analyzed a community characteristic often overlooked in hazard loss estimations: the layouts of urban environments. By disregarding urban layouts, she finds that current tools can underestimate damage by up to a magnitude of three. Read more in this research brief.