Presentation Title

Social Vulnerabilities of Hurricane Impacted Areas

Presenter Information

Charistin ClarkFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Hurricanes, Social Vulnerability, Impacts

Biography

Hello! My name is Charistin Clark and I am a senior at Marshall. I am pursuing a B.S in Geography with a concentration in Weather Broadcasting. I am also minoring in Meteorology and Criminal Justice. My father was in the Navy, so I have no real hometown, but my family currently resides in Tennessee. When I graduate, I plan on working at a news station. My ultimate goal in life is to be the next female version of Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel! I have wanted to be a meteorologist since I was 8 years old and have developed a passion for weather over the years.

Major

Geography

Advisor for this project

Dr. Jonathan Kozar

Start Date

19-4-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

19-4-2019 4:45 PM

Abstract

Hurricanes are massive and devastating storms that can produce strong winds, significant flooding, storm surges, and other life-threatening damages. Hurricanes are associated with physical damages, but they also affect individual populations. These populations are normally considered vulnerable. Social vulnerability has become a significant area of hurricane impact research. This research focuses on social vulnerabilities associated with hurricane impacts on United States coastal states between 2004 and 2014. The main factors affecting social vulnerability of impacted areas are poverty, housing units per density, older and younger populations, and the number of licensed physicians in those affected areas. A social vulnerability index was created to assess the impacts hurricanes make on vulnerable populations. Examining these factors in the coastal states that are most impacted can determine why areas are more devastatingly impacted than others. Results indicate socially vulnerable areas and their populations are greatly impacted by hurricane tracks in the coastal United States.

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Social Vulnerabilities of Hurricane Impacted Areas

Hurricanes are massive and devastating storms that can produce strong winds, significant flooding, storm surges, and other life-threatening damages. Hurricanes are associated with physical damages, but they also affect individual populations. These populations are normally considered vulnerable. Social vulnerability has become a significant area of hurricane impact research. This research focuses on social vulnerabilities associated with hurricane impacts on United States coastal states between 2004 and 2014. The main factors affecting social vulnerability of impacted areas are poverty, housing units per density, older and younger populations, and the number of licensed physicians in those affected areas. A social vulnerability index was created to assess the impacts hurricanes make on vulnerable populations. Examining these factors in the coastal states that are most impacted can determine why areas are more devastatingly impacted than others. Results indicate socially vulnerable areas and their populations are greatly impacted by hurricane tracks in the coastal United States.