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Geography colloquium - Tim Frazier

Friday, February 14, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
AUST 434

Disaster and climate change resilience at various spatial scales: A case study of Sarasota County, Florida.

Indicators of natural disaster resilience are factors that impact the ability to cope with and adapt to a natural disaster and climate change events. They can either contribute to or detract from resilience. Existing research has emphasized the importance of quantifying resilience in order to estimate baseline resilience and measure progress toward resilience enhancement. Previous attempts at quantification of resilience have not incorporated place-specific indicators or differential weighting of indicators for prioritization of resilience enhancement actions. Previous research efforts have also not incorporated spatial and temporal contexts when attempting to quantify resilience indicators. This research demonstrates the importance for quantifying resilience place-specific indicators, differential weighting of indicators, and the spatial and temporal contexts of indicators for resilience estimation and quantification through a case study of Sarasota County, Florida. This research demonstrates that although national resilience quantification metrics are useful, local scale resilience estimates appear more useful if sub-county hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation is the primary goal.

Contact:

Ken Foote ken.foote@uconn.edu

Geography Department

Geography Department (primary)

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