47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.11 Assessing Physical and Social Vulnerability of Neighborhoods After Floods Using Remote Sensing Imagery and GIS

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Finding populations that are vulnerable to disaster is one of the most crucial steps in hazard mitigation planning. Previous studies have been rich in identifying the disproportionate impacts of disaster on socially vulnerable communities, but failed to examine the jointed impacts of physical and social vulnerability on property damages by individuals. To fill this gap, this study attempts to find whether vulnerable households would have more property damages during the hydro-metrological disasters (including hurricanes, flash floods, tropical storms, and tornados), which occurred from 2006 to 2015 in Cameron County, Texas. The main purpose of this study is to examine how physical environment and social vulnerability affects property damages of low-income Hispanic homeowners by disasters. Specifically, impervious surface cover and vegetation cover were used to measure physical environment. Social vulnerability is measured mainly focusing on ethnicity and income level. In addition, populations were defined as low-income Hispanic homeowners who owned single-family homes or mobile homes. Data sources were integrated including the GIS data, high-resolution remote sensing imagery, property appraisal data, census data and injury and damage data, to conduct the GIS analysis.

Kijin Seong, Texas A&M University
Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M University

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Kijin Seong, Texas A&M University

Ph.D. Student in Urban and Regional Sciences, Texas A&M University

Friday April 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Mirage (2nd Floor--foyer area)