Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters

Disasters in the form of coastal storms and hurricanes can be very destructive. Preparing for anticipated effects of such disasters can help reduce the public health and economic burden. Identifying vulnerable population groups can help prioritize resources for the most needed communities. This pape...

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Main Authors: Jejal Reddy Bathi, Himangshu S. Das
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: MDPI AG 2016-02-01
Series:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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Online Access:http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/239
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spelling doaj-d99c277648fc402b98c61107f642db242020-11-24T22:16:28ZengMDPI AGInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health1660-46012016-02-0113223910.3390/ijerph13020239ijerph13020239Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood DisastersJejal Reddy Bathi0Himangshu S. Das1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jackson State University, 1400 Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217, USADepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jackson State University, 1400 Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217, USADisasters in the form of coastal storms and hurricanes can be very destructive. Preparing for anticipated effects of such disasters can help reduce the public health and economic burden. Identifying vulnerable population groups can help prioritize resources for the most needed communities. This paper presents a quantitative framework for vulnerability measurement that incorporates both socioeconomic and flood inundation vulnerability. The approach is demonstrated for three coastal communities in Mississippi with census tracts being the study unit. The vulnerability results are illustrated as thematic maps for easy usage by planners and emergency responders to assist in prioritizing their actions to vulnerable populations during storm surge and flood disasters.http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/239floodvulnerabilityclimate changestorm surgecoastal communities
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author Jejal Reddy Bathi
Himangshu S. Das
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Himangshu S. Das
Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
flood
vulnerability
climate change
storm surge
coastal communities
author_facet Jejal Reddy Bathi
Himangshu S. Das
author_sort Jejal Reddy Bathi
title Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
title_short Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
title_full Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
title_fullStr Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
title_full_unstemmed Vulnerability of Coastal Communities from Storm Surge and Flood Disasters
title_sort vulnerability of coastal communities from storm surge and flood disasters
publisher MDPI AG
series International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
issn 1660-4601
publishDate 2016-02-01
description Disasters in the form of coastal storms and hurricanes can be very destructive. Preparing for anticipated effects of such disasters can help reduce the public health and economic burden. Identifying vulnerable population groups can help prioritize resources for the most needed communities. This paper presents a quantitative framework for vulnerability measurement that incorporates both socioeconomic and flood inundation vulnerability. The approach is demonstrated for three coastal communities in Mississippi with census tracts being the study unit. The vulnerability results are illustrated as thematic maps for easy usage by planners and emergency responders to assist in prioritizing their actions to vulnerable populations during storm surge and flood disasters.
topic flood
vulnerability
climate change
storm surge
coastal communities
url http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/239
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