On July 14, 2022, Mr. Tarik Jamil Brown from the GEAR Lab successfully delivered an oral presentation on "Marginalized Natural Hazard Risk Perception in Sarasota County, FL" at the 2022 Researchers Meeting of the Natural Hazard Workshop.
The abstract of his presentation is listed below:
Natural hazards annually cause significant structural, economic, and physical damage in both urban and rural areas throughout the United States, with the most common and recurring hazard being flooding. Studies have been made in the past to investigate hazard risk to formulate risk reduction strategies, yet typically look at defining factors, such as exposure and vulnerability, separately. Hazard vulnerability and risk assessments are typically conducted using physical hazard and sociodemographic inputs, but few methods consider the impact of culture and compounding impacts on vulnerability. More than physical risk and demographic data need to be analyzed to fully understand the complexity of hazard vulnerability and recovery. The study aims to analyze the following: a) marginalized communities are more frequently and disproportionately affected by natural and man-made hazards within Sarasota County in Florida, b) the damage from past and present hazards interact and have lasting effects that are not currently accounted for in risk assessment methodologies, and c) risk perceptions vary spatially over time and space, which can lead to increased vulnerability to specific hazards. By reclassifying FEMA flood maps, the analysis spatially identifies areas that are within 100-year, 500-year, or minimal flood zones. By overlaying the reclassifying flood map of the study area with geocoded survey points, the perception of those within apparent flood risk can be analyzed. This study delivers the opportunity to observe flood risk patterns while identifying a trend of how said risk is perceived in areas that are more at risk than others.
We look forward to seeing more findings and outcomes from this research!