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Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: Mapping Climate and Weather-Induced Vulnerabilities: A Case Study of Majuro Atoll

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AUTHORS: Bryanna Weigel

ABSTRACT: The ways in which the island nations of Oceania have or have not been able to cope with the growing number of extreme and hazardous effects of climate change have made the region frequently looked on upon as an example of how other countries plan to address future weather and climatic events in their local regions. This project looks to examine the vulnerabilities to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and inundation, of coastal properties – both residential and commercial – on the Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. To map the vulnerabilities experienced at a particular site in the region, this project will utilize data from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) detailing, at one-meter resolution, the topobathymetric characteristics of Majuro Atoll. The USGS data set consists of data sources dating back to 1944 and as recent as 2016, as well as 20,000 images using Structure from Motion (SfM) Imagery. Elevations calculated in the DEM data set will be used in combination with a georeferenced image base map of the Majuro atoll so that properties on the atoll can be located. Census data collected by the Marshall Islands government will provide key demographic information that will further highlight certain populations’ vulnerability.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
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