From Communicating Disaster to Portraying Damage: Assessing the Actual Impacts of Extreme “Natural” Events on Wine Regions Through Cartographic Representations of Destruction

Authors: John Tiefenbacher*, Texas State University
Topics: Wine, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Viticulture, Disasters, Cartography, Risk Communication, Geographic Information
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper examines the growing implementation of geographic information processing on more meaningful representation of the impacts of disasters on wine-growing regions. Reports that frosts, floods, fires, or hail storms have “struck” famous wine regions often lead to conclusions that entire vintages were lost, that tasting rooms were burnt to the ground, or that production will have been interrupted for years to come. Information portals have been established by local and regional governments, by various organizations, and by news media to provide precise information that puts the true impacts of disasters in wine country in perspective. The conceptual differences between risks, hazards, exposures, impacts, damages, vulnerabilities, recovery, and resilience, will be examined through examples of the evolution of the maps and geographic information sites that are becoming more common.

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