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Metrics of Vulnerability

Following on site research with USGS following hurricane Sandy in 2012 an opportunity arose to analyse using GIS information the criteria of citizens that would be most vulnerable to another storm following changes to planning legislation and FEMA flood policies.

This research identified a scenario where vulnerable residents were “locked in” their homes due to plummeting house prices and increasing threat of storm damage. Such residents were interviewed and a feeling of anxiety and awaiting catastrophe was clearly expressed.

This research led to a proposed policy scenario where incoming coastal projects for the city would be incentivised to quantitively remove flood risk from vulnerable neighbourhoods through landscapes and flood-able design features. In return developers would receive increased FAR.

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