A critical physical geography analysis of change in two urban streams in Miami, Florida

Authors: Mason Bradbury*, Florida International University
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: urban streams, critical physical geography, environmental change
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 41
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In this paper, I use a critical physical geography perspective to study change over time in urban streams in Miami, Florida. I analyze how two urban streams located in neighborhoods with starkly different socioeconomic conditions have been differentially modified for the purposes of flood control, ecological restoration, and coastal resilience. My approach to addressing these questions includes the use of archival research paired with interpretation of aerial photography to analyze stream and watershed changes and to describe the socio-ecological drivers of these changes. Using these methods, I seek to analyze the uneven biophysical transformations of urban streams and their watersheds, describe the socio-ecological processes at work in such transformations, and explore the enrollment of these streams in scientific plans to address environmental threats.

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