Perceptions of hurricane hazards in the Mid-Atlantic region

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dc.contributor Dixon, P. Grady
dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor.advisor Senkbeil, Jason Carl Saunders, Michelle Elizabeth
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T17:35:54Z 2017-03-01T17:35:54Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002001
dc.identifier.other Saunders_alatus_0004M_12395
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is susceptible to many tropical cyclone hazards such as storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding from heavy rainfall. Within the past fifteen years this region has experienced hurricanes Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011, as well as several tropical storms. This region was also influenced by post-tropical Sandy in 2012. The perception of hurricane hazards among residents of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is currently unknown as there is a lack of research on the comprehension of information from warning graphics. This research uses a total of 8 hypothetical scenarios (4 pairs) that vary each hurricane’s track and size to assess hurricane hazard risk perception. Each scenario is represented using a four-paneled graphic featuring the National Hurricane Center's Cone of Uncertainty, a new storm surge map, and a new damaging wind map created by the authors. A Qualtrics survey created and administered via email, asked Mid-Atlantic residents key questions about their concern for personal harm and evacuation plans. Participants of this survey perceive potential for damaging winds, falling trees, and the size of the storm to be the greatest threats. Both scenarios with track lines that moved inland were also seen as most concerning. Evacuation rates were greatest for each large storm and for both scenarios where the track line moved inland. en_US
dc.format.extent 58 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Physical geography
dc.title Perceptions of hurricane hazards in the Mid-Atlantic region en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Geography Geography The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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