Factors influencing inland property damage from Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclones

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dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor Myers, Laura
dc.contributor.advisor Senkbeil, Jason C.
dc.contributor.author Rifat, Shaikh Abdullah Al
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-19T19:37:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-19T19:37:37Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002708
dc.identifier.other Rifat_alatus_0004M_13182
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3346
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Landfalling tropical cyclones (TC) in the USA cost 5-10 billion dollars annually. Tropical cyclone related losses can be influenced by the characteristics of a tropical cyclone itself as well as the levels of social vulnerability of the population in the region impacted. Coastal areas generally receive the greatest economic losses; however, research suggests that losses in the inland zone could occasionally be higher than the coastal zone due to excessive inland flooding, wind, and tornadoes. In this research, these physical storm characteristics (wind, tornadoes, rain) from decaying tropical cyclones in inland counties and county social vulnerability (SOV percentile scores) were used to predict property damage and economic impact. Results from the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama tri-state region are inconsistent and suggest some counter-intuitive relationships with previously published research. Hurricane Katrina dominated the results for this region, and this appears to have skewed the results. Hypothetical scenarios were created to determine what would happen if a Katrina type storm tracked over major inland metropolitan areas in the Southeastern United States. Hypothetical results show that property damage would be more in the densely populated areas for a storm like Hurricane Katrina.
dc.format.extent 90 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.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.title Factors influencing inland property damage from Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclones
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Geography
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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