Disaster Risk Management in the Republic of Korea

  • Yong-kyun Kim
  • Hong-Gyoo Sohn

Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yong-kyun Kim, Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    Pages 1-22
  3. Yong-kyun Kim, Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    Pages 23-76
  4. Yong-kyun Kim, Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    Pages 77-97
  5. Yong-kyun Kim, Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    Pages 99-112
  6. Yong-kyun Kim, Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    Pages 191-217

About this book


This book scrutinizes the entire disaster trajectory history in the Republic of Korea: evolution, cross-over, and interconnection among natural, technological, and social disasters. Also examined is the government’s dynamic reaction for effective disaster responses in the wake of major disasters, labelled as focusing events, distributed in the long tail of the power law function. Collating one nation’s entire disaster history, its disaster management policies, and its responses to major disasters is a unique journey into that nation’s evolution. Korea rose from devastation in the 1950s to become one of the most economically and politically dynamic nations by the turn of the century. However, with rapid growth has come all types of disasters. Looking at the lessons learned from Korea’s disaster risk management measures, policies, and responses, as well as some of the world’s major disasters, we can gain insight into the future of disaster risk management.
This book is intended to lay out developing nations’ potential future disaster risk management path, a theoretical policymaking guide, and desirable institutional and organizational transformations. Effective countermeasures included in this book will guide policymakers, capacity builders, and academics in developing nations to avoid the disaster path in the near future at the cost of rapid economic growth that Korea faced. 


Dynamics of disaster-triggered policy change Disaster evolution and cross-over Focusing events in the power law distribution Disaster resilient future Disaster risk management

Authors and affiliations

  • Yong-kyun Kim
    • 1
  • Hong-Gyoo Sohn
    • 2
  1. 1.Disaster Preparedness and Coordination DivisionMinistry of Public Safety and SecuritySejongKorea (Republic of)
  2. 2.School of Civil and Environmental EngineeringYonsei UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4788-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4789-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-4106
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-4114
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