Constructing the Spatial Units of Vulnerability and Social Resilience by the Analysis of Social-spatial Differences:A Case Study of Rainfall Disaster in Central Taiwan

Authors: Yuling Song*, National Changhua University of Education, Department of Geography
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: vulnerability, social resilience, spatial units, rainfall disaster, Central Taiwan
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The research focuses on comparing the 1st and 3rd degree of rainfall disaster area in Central Taiwan to comprehend the relationship between vulnerability and social resilience, and the possibility of deconstructing the given disaster spatial unit as well that would provide to GIS a relative proper spatial unit analysis. Therefore, we undertook the in-depth interviews in two communities, and try to discuss that how we consider both of vulnerability and social resilience to re-construct the spatial unit? Regarding to the research methods, we sorted the disaster area according to 3 disaster degrees via Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, selected Songhe tribe communities belonged to 1st degree and Lishang community belonged to 3rd degree in Taichung of Central Taiwan. In-depth interview was adapted and 32 households were selected as the interviewees. To the present finding, first of all, the social vulnerability of 1st degree disaster area came from the relationship with government administration that would be the special factor to affect the spatial aggregation in disaster area. Secondly, in both of the communities had been presented as the opposite relationship between social and physical vulnerability. Finally, the more place attachment of people in the 1st than 3rd degree disaster area, they need different spatial units when facing disaster prevention. However, spatial units were ignored so far, but we suggest using the various spatial units in different degree disaster area. In this research, it shows two different types of spatial unit through using GIS.

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