Schema attributes

The exposure schema covers a wide variety of data describing structural, infrastructural and environmental asset, population, and socio-economic descriptors, each with relevant attributes for assessing risk from multiple hazards. The schema was developed based on GEM Taxonomy 2.0 to accommodate the most important spatial features commonly employed in risk analysis to identify and estimate exposed value.

classDiagram Model -- Asset1 Model -- Asset2 Model: Category Model: Occupancy class Asset1{ Taxonomy code Value type Value unit } class Asset2{ Taxonomy code Value type Value unit }

The main features of an exposure dataset are specified by the exposure model attributes. Each exposure model includes one or more assets. Each asset could represent a single asset (e.g. one building) or a collection of assets (e.g aggregated buildings in an area). The exposure schema covers 4 categories and 11 occupancy types for consistent classification of assets across schema. The taxonomy source specifies the taxonomy string used to identify individual asset features within a dataset. Occupancy can be optionally assigned for night-time or day-time, e.g. to discern resident population from daily commuters.

Required Attribute Description Type
* Category Type of asset
  • Buildings
  • Indicators
  • Infrastructures
  • Crops, livestock and forestry
* Occupancy Destination of use of the asset
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Educational
  • Government
  • Crop
  • Livestock
  • Forestry
  • Mixed
Occupancy time Period of occupancy
  • Night
  • Day
Taxonomy source Name of adopted taxonomy model Text
Taxonomy code String used by the taxonomy model to identify specific asset features Text
* Value type Element to which value refers
  • Structure
  • Content
  • Product
  • Other
* Value unit Unit to measure exposed value Unit code

Within one exposure model (e.g. one geospatial layer) there can be one or more cost type associated with damage to assets. For example, the cost of the building structure by square meter and the cost of the contents of a single building. The attributes are named accordingly within the datase, e.g. "Cost_structure" and "Cost_content". Additional tags attributes can be associated with an asset to link any information not envised in the exposure schema.


Exposure data can be stored at multiple scales, more often using vectors, namely polygons (e.g. building footprint), points (e.g. asset geolocation) and lines (e.g. transport infrastructures, lifelines), but in same case exposure estimates are aggregated at ADM level or distributed over a raster grid.

Exposure map for Kabul

Two exposure datasets are shown together in the example: building footprints polygons and population density raster at 90 m resolution.

Exposure example

Required Attribute Example
* Geographic coverage Afghanistan
* Exposure category Buildings
* Occupancy Mixed
Taxonomy OSM
* Value type Structure
* Unit of measure USD

Required Attribute Example
* Geographic coverage Afghanistan
* Exposure category Indicators
* Occupancy Residential
Period of occupancy Night
* Value type Other
* Unit of measure Count