Landslides after Hurricanes Maria and Irma in center Puerto Rico: incorporation of geomorphology in the assessment, planning and management of high risk areas.

Authors: Banery Mujica Ortiz*,
Topics: Geomorphology, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Environment
Keywords: hazard, geomorphology,landslide,environmental
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The significance of the prevention of natural disasters is made evident by the disaster caused by the pass of Hurricane Maria over the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. This poster is about the importance of using geomorphology knowledge in the prevention and planning for natural disaster as hurricanes and landslides and their impact wish has devastating consequences. During the past of Hurricane Maria a significant part of the Puerto Rican road system was damaged by landslide. Hurricane damage results from wind, flooding from rainfall causing the soil to became instable and collapse. Geomorphologic changes include flooding, and landslide among others, all of this cause landscape changes and the way we used the space. The data used is provided by USGS in their preliminary landslide study done right after Hurricane Maria affected the island. The sites were identified as areas with soils or rock exposed or morphology typical of landslides is important to mention that some landslides were triggered by Hurricane Irma or by major rainfall after the hurricane. The idea is to create a preliminary overview and later on study to understand how natural disasters affect these regions, so we can apply and developed adequate planning to prevent future disasters.

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