Effective Disasters

Authors: Logan Gerber-Chavez*, University of Oklahoma
Topics: Political Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: disaster,climate policy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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The topics involved in international climate policy are widely debated and by their nature influence many aspects of society from trade to transportation to national security to agriculture to manufacturing. Because these policies influence so many people, it is important to understand possible catalytic drivers of policy change or adoption. Natural and environmental disasters often cause millions of dollars of damage and in many cases loss of life. As these events unfold they often cause a new push for regulation, deregulation of industry, or a change in other influential policy to hopefully prevent further damage. What is unknown is which aspect or aspects of a single natural or environmental disaster may make it more influential in international policy than others. This study looks at the geographical relationships between disasters and their influence on people, society, and the world as shown through changes in international climate policy.
Focusing on different disasters with large impacts economically, environmentally, or socially that are related to subsequent policy introductions or adaptions will show which commonalities cause more change than others. Indices of vulnerability, media coverage, casualties, and estimated economic cost will quantify the impacts and show relationships for predicting future policy change from disasters of all kinds.

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