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Producing the Hazardscape: Mapping the Dynamic and Dangerous

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cartography Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 2:25 PM / 3:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 10
Organizers: David Retchless
Chairs: David Retchless


Maps not only show the shifting footprints of hazards on the landscape, they also tell stories about how hazards interact with people and property; inform risk perceptions and affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses; and shape one’s sense of place. This multidimensional geography finds expression in the idea of the hazardscape, defined as ‘the interplay of social, political, and economic factors – interacting separately, in combination with one another, and with the physical environment – [that] creates a mosaic of risks and hazards that affect people and the places they inhabit’ (Cutter et al., 2000).

We welcome papers that consider the role of maps in (re)producing one or more hazardscape dimensions, including:
New or innovative methods for mapping hazards or hazard-related vulnerability, resilience, or risk perceptions;
Critical perspectives on the discursive role of hazard maps and the positionality of the mappers and the mapped; or
Design and user testing of hazard maps, especially interactive or dynamic maps.

Hazards are defined broadly, including natural, technological, health-related, and those driven by anthropogenic climate change.

Reference: Cutter, S. L., Mitchell, J. T., & Scott, M. S. (2000). Revealing the vulnerability of people and places: A case study of Georgetown County, South Carolina. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 90, 713–737. doi: 10.1111/0004-5608.00219


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Eileen Johnson*, Bowdoin College, Jeremy Bell, The Nature Conservancy, Elizabeth Hertz, Blue Sky Planning Solutions, Annie Cox, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Kristen Grant, Maine SeaGrant, Victoria Boundy, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Ruth Indrick, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Addressing Rural Vulnerability to Flood Events - Strengthening Response Networks Through Use of Mapping Platforms 15 2:25 PM
Presenter Ashley Coles*, Texas Christian University, Identification and evaluation of flood-avoidance routes in Tucson, AZ 15 2:40 PM
Presenter Madeline Brown*, , Yosemite All Hazards Region Geospatial Coordination Group (YAHR): Enabling Effective Interagency Coordination and Communication across Pairings of Complementary Digital Platforms 15 2:55 PM
Presenter David Retchless*, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Reflections on Creating Storm Surge Hazardscapes: Comparing Cartographic and Ground-Level Perspectives on Flooding in the Galveston Bay Area 15 3:10 PM

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