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Sea, Storms, & Tourism: A Case Study of the Hazards and Vulnerabilities of Cape Cod, MA

Abstract Drawing from the fields of coastal geography, political ecology, and institutions, this dissertation uses Cape Cod, MA, as a case study, to investigate how chronic and acute climate-related coastal hazards, socio-economic characteristics, and governance and decision-making interact to produce more resilient or at-risk coastal communities. GIS was used to model the impacts of sea level rise (SLR) and hurricane storm surge scenarios on natural and built infrastructure. Social, gentrification, and tourism indices were used to identify communities differentially vulnerable to coastal hazards. Semi-structured interviews with planners and decision-makers were analyzed to examine hazard mitigation planning.

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Created Date 2016
Contributor Gentile, Lauren Elyse (Author) / Bolin, Bob (Advisor) / Wentz, Elizabeth (Committee member) / White, Dave (Committee member) / York, Abigail (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental studies / Geography / climate change / coastal hazards / decision-making / GIS / social vulnerability
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 172 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Environmental Social Science 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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