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A SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF EXTREME HEAT VULNERABILITY IN MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA


Abstract This dissertation explores vulnerability to extreme heat hazards in the Maricopa County, Arizona metropolitan region. By engaging an interdisciplinary approach, I uncover the epidemiological, historical-geographical, and mitigation dimensions of human vulnerability to extreme heat in a rapidly urbanizing region characterized by an intense urban heat island and summertime heat waves. I first frame the overall research within global climate change and hazards vulnerability research literature, and then present three case studies. I conclude with a synthesis of the findings and lessons learned from my interdisciplinary approach using an urban political ecology framework. In the first case study I construct and map a predictive index of sensiti... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Declet-Barreto, Juan (Author) / Harlan, Sharon L (Advisor) / Bolin, Bob (Advisor) / Hirt, Paul (Committee member) / Boone, Christopher (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geography / Climate change / Social research / extreme heat / heat hazards / Maricopa County / Arizona / Phoenix / urban heat island / vulnerability to climate change
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 155 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Environmental Social Science 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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