Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2017, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (4): 439-462.doi: 10.1007/s11442-017-1386-4

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Comparative evaluation of geological disaster susceptibility using multi-regression methods and spatial accuracy validation

Weiguo JIANG1,2(), Pingzeng RAO1,2, Ran CAO3, Zhenghong TANG4, Kun CHEN5   

  1. 1. Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural Disaster, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    3. China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd., Beijing 100033, China
    4. College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
    5. School of Geography and Planning, Ludong University, Yantai 264025, Shandong, China
  • Received:2016-09-08 Accepted:2016-10-20 Online:2017-04-20 Published:2017-04-20
  • About author:

    Author: Jiang Weiguo, PhD, E-mail:;

  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571077, No.41171318;The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities


Geological disasters not only cause economic losses and ecological destruction, but also seriously threaten human survival. Selecting an appropriate method to evaluate susceptibility to geological disasters is an important part of geological disaster research. The aims of this study are to explore the accuracy and reliability of multi-regression methods for geological disaster susceptibility evaluation, including Logistic Regression (LR), Spatial Autoregression (SAR), Geographical Weighted Regression (GWR), and Support Vector Regression (SVR), all of which have been widely discussed in the literature. In this study, we selected Yunnan Province of China as the research site and collected data on typical geological disaster events and the associated hazards that occurred within the study area to construct a corresponding index system for geological disaster assessment. Four methods were used to model and evaluate geological disaster susceptibility. The predictive capabilities of the methods were verified using the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and the success rate curve. Lastly, spatial accuracy validation was introduced to improve the results of the evaluation, which was demonstrated by the spatial receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curve and the spatial success rate (SSR) curve. The results suggest that: 1) these methods are all valid with respect to the SROC and SSR curves, and the spatial accuracy validation method improved their modelling results and accuracy, such that the area under the curve (AUC) values of the ROC curves increased by about 3%-13% and the AUC of the success rate curve values increased by 15%-20%; 2) the evaluation accuracies of LR, SAR, GWR, and SVR were 0.8325, 0.8393, 0.8370 and 0.8539, which proved the four statistical regression methods all have good evaluation capability for geological disaster susceptibility evaluation and the evaluation results of SVR are more reasonable than others; 3) according to the evaluation results of SVR, the central-southern Yunnan Province are the highest susceptibility areas and the lowest susceptibility is mainly located in the central and northern parts of the study area.

Key words: geological disaster susceptibility, multi-regression methods, geographical weighted regression, support vector regression, spatial accuracy validation, Yunnan Province