Natural Hazards and Disasters Chapter 18 The Future: Where Do We Go From Here?. We Are The Problem. Problems arise when people put themselves where they can be impacted by major natural events. Building in the floodplain. Building in lahar channels. Building in liquefaction-prone areas.
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Natural Hazards and Disasters
The Future: Where Do We Go From Here?
Marina District, San Francisco, 1989
Building near the shoreline in Hurricane-prone areas
Sea Cliff Erosion
18 FT PROJECT FLOWLINE
AVG ANNUAL HIGHWATER 14 FT
SPH DESIGN ELEV 11.5 FT
NORMAL LAKE 1.0 FT LEVEL
ELEVATIONS IN FEET NGVD
DERBIGNY AT I-10
CANAL ST AT RIVER
ST. ANTHONY AT
AT L.C. SIMON
UNO SIDE OF
short-term political considerations
->These are vigorously opposed by developers
->These are paid for by taxpayers who don’t necessarily live in the affected areas
Relationship between Global Warming and Fires
What leads to more deaths:
Terrorism or Natural Disasters?
So in the last 8 years: 4000
• Move people out of low areas of New Orleans
• Refurbish houses in earthquake-prone areas
• Relocate houses prone to liquefaction
• Fire-proof houses in the forest
• Volcanic hazards?
• Flood plain relocations
• Hurricane evacuation plans
• Levee improvements
Balance mitigation vs. planning vs. recovery
El Salvador volcano-dormant for 1700 years