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Title: Comment on 'High-income does not protect against hurricane losses'
Authors: Rybski, DiegoPrahl, Boris F.Kropp, Jürgen P.
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Issue Date: 2017
Published in: Environmental Research Letters, Volume 12, Issue 9
Publisher: Bristol : IOP Publishing
Abstract: Geiger et al (Environ. Res. Lett. 2016 11 084012) employ two functional relationships to characterize hurricane damage in the USA—either based on GDP (one exponent) or on per capita GDP and population (two exponents). From the Akaike Information Criterion the authors cannot reject the former kind in favor of the latter. The different approaches, however, lead to divergent projections of future hurricane losses. In this comment, we argue that there is no rigorous evidence in [1] to give preference to one or the other approach, and the conclusion that high-income does not protect against hurricane losses needs to be revisited. As a perspective, it needs to be mentioned that the previously published relationship between GDP and population could unify both approaches.
Keywords: Damage function; GDP; GDP per capita; population; scaling; hurricane loss
DDC: 500
License: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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