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Thunderstorm Hazard vulnerability for the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan region

Thunderstorm Hazard vulnerability for the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan region,10.1007/s11069-010-9712-5,Natural Hazards,Marius J. PaulikasWalker,Walk

Thunderstorm Hazard vulnerability for the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan region  
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Most U.S. metropolitan regions have experienced urban “sprawl,” or the outward spreading of urban development from city centers. For cities lying in areas prone to severe weather, the sprawl phenomenon exposes greater numbers of developed areas and inhabitants to a variety of thunderstorm hazards. This study’s principal goal is to determine how urbanization growth patterns affect a region’s vulnerability to severe weather events. To assess how sprawl may impact vulnerability to tornadoes, hail, and convective wind events, an analysis examining potential loss may be utilized. This study employs two distinct approaches to examine how the Atlanta area’s rapid and extensive development during the latter half of the twentieth Century has affected its overall potential exposure to thunderstorm hazards. First, archived census data are used to estimate overall impacts from hypothetical significant tornado, nontornadic convective wind, and hail events occurring at different time periods throughout several locations in the Atlanta metropolitan region. Second, economic factors are integrated into the analysis, which assists in determining how these hypothetical severe event scenarios may have changed from a cost standpoint if they were to occur in 2006 as opposed to 1960.
Journal: Natural Hazards , vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 1077-1092, 2011
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