Researchers produce map of likelihood of dying by natural hazard in USA

January 6, 2009

This is an interesting mapping exercise from some researchers in the US.  

UNC-Columbia used historical mortality data from the United States to construct a map of the probability of dying from natural hazards.  It is based on historical data and thus doesn’t include future projects of climate change.  But is nonetheless quite interesting.

From the press release:

A map of natural hazard mortality in the United States has been produced. The map, featured in BioMed Central’s open access International Journal of Health Geographics, gives a county-level representation of the likelihood of dying as the result of natural events such as floods, earthquakes or extreme weather.

The full paper is available here or here.

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