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Team #13

June 26, 2011

Disaster Strikes: A World In Sight

Disaster Strikes  is an exploration of disaster frequency and intensity from 1900 to 2010.  As you watch time go by, observe that the increasing frequency and impact of disasters are magnified by the modernist international development movement’s concern with recording and sharing the disasters that affect the world.  Natural disasters are beyond the power of man, but as our dynamic timeline shows, we only remember the volcano eruptions, earthquakes and floods recorded by our institutions.  Countries affected by similar types of disasters are clustered over time; where the size and color represent the disaster impact on mortality or cost.

☠ Over 38 million deaths are represented in this dataset (average 2,700/event)
$ The total cost of 17,832 disaster events in the dataset is $6,192,871,321.00
Droughts, epidemics, and floods were the most deadly
Floods, droughts, and storms were the most costly

Disaster Strikes


We are Disaster Masters, a spontaneously assembled group interested in the visualization of compelling data:

Barret Schloerke
Edward Fine
Mariana Anderle
Mary Becica
Norman Klein

data, software, APIs

We have used the following data from infochimps: M-DAT was created in 1988 at the Université catholique de Louvain by researchers at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Epidemiologie des Desastres – Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

And we contributed an excerpt of the following to Factual: Alan Heston, Robert Summers and Bettina Aten, Penn World Table Version 7.0, Center for International Comparisons of Production, Income and Prices at the University of Pennsylvania, May 2011 (PWT 7.0).

We added portions of the Penn World Table to Factual, which were used in information gathering but not in our visualizations.  We did not work with this data prior to the competition.

Analysis was performed in Google Refine, Excel, R.  Visualization was performed in Node.js, d3.js and DVL.  We used the Infochimps API.


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