Drivers of complexity in humanitarian operations

dc.contributor.advisorApte, Aruna
dc.contributor.advisorDixon, Michael
dc.contributor.authorChristensen, Jon K.
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Jody K.
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.description.abstractThis project investigates the relationship between the geographical dispersion and speed of a disaster and how they increase the complexity of relief operations. Using the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) available from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), information was collected and filtered for 281 U.S. disasters that occurred between 2000 and 2011. Data was utilized from the U.S. Census Bureau to supplement the EM-DAT information to determine the area affected for each disaster. Each disaster was then ranked and assigned a value to represent the speed of onset based on each type and subtype that was provided by EM-DAT. Plotting the disasters yielded a graph that was further analyzed to determine whether any patterns existed by comparing the number of personnel affected, number of casualties, and total damage costs incurred. The goal of this analysis is to determine whether the complexity of a disaster can be determined from its dispersion and speed of onset.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorHumanitarian assistanceen_US
dc.subject.authordisaster reliefen_US
dc.subject.authordisaster responseen_US
dc.subject.authorFederal Emergency Management Agencyen_US
dc.subject.authorCentre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disastersen_US
dc.subject.authorEmergency Events Databaseen_US
dc.titleDrivers of complexity in humanitarian operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineBusiness Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Business Administrationen_US
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