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Spatial Analytical Insights for Natural Hazards Vulnerability

Authors: Jing Xu*, University of California, Santa Barbara, Alan T Murray, University of California, Santa Barbara, Richard L Church, University of California, Santa Barbara
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: Natural Hazards, Spatial Analytics, GIS
Session Type: Paper
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Climate change, drought, vegetation cover and naturally prevailing weather conditions have placed Southern California at great risk to many natural hazards. In addition to earthquakes and tsunamis, wildfire and floods have become a serious threat to a significant proportion of the population living on/near wildland-urban interface, particularly in recent years. For example, the recent Thomas Fire in December of 2017 and subsequent flooding and mudslides in Montecito in January of 2018 highlight what coastal vulnerability means under the new normal of multifaceted risk. This paper explores spatial analytical capabilities to model and predict risk, proposing strategies that can mitigate vulnerability and reduce the socioeconomic impacts.

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