The first stage of the ClimRes geovisualization tool development process has been completed and the prototype is ready for user testing and further equipping with a participatory mechanism. Thanks to our tool, users can easily investigate the geographic and temporal variation of insurance compensation payments due to losses caused by natural perils during the period 1980–2012.
The ClimRes tool is part of the project’s conceptual framework. The framework sets out to create public engagement and to trigger a discussion over what constitutes a resilient community. First, in order to attract user attention, we intend to use the ClimRes geovisualization tool to show the geographic and temporal variation of insurance compensation payments due to natural perils. Data on losses caused by extreme natural events constitutes an essential material for understanding the consequences such events may have on local societies. Next, through a participatory mechanism which is to be implemented in the next stage of the tool development process, users will be encouraged to convey their perceptions of resilience in their local communities, that is, to indicate the level of resilience from a list of indicators. Finally, the indicators along with the weights calculated based on user perception will be used to construct a resilience index.