Use of land cover data for disaster risk assessment

Disaster risk assessment is an important part of disaster management planning. It provides the foundation and direction for the plan identifying what disaster risk reduction measures can be implemented. The South African National Land Cover dataset ( provides a valuable resource for disaster management planning. The data can be used for many applications. Disaster risk assessment is the focus of this article where the impact of hazards or possible disastrous events is calculated by measuring the impact on land cover. The discussion below shows a few examples where land cover data can be used in disaster risk assessment.