Using the Gulf of Mexico Region as a test bed, this multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary (18 investigators) project is designed to leverage actionable information on disaster risk and mitigation alternatives in housing location and choices as the first-line of defense in making communities more resilience to hazards. Four thematic areas guide the work:
- Examining location and housing decisions, specifically how potential renters and buyers understand hazard risk and mitigation options for housing;
- Identifying the range of residential mitigation options based on individual hazard assessments and building information;
- Understanding resilience dynamics, particularly determining the geospatial distribution of vulnerability, hazard risks, resilience, and mitigation opportunities and developing the actionable information into a user-center tool to support housing decision-making; and
- Providing interactive case study analyses on resilience strategies and policies at local scales, especially involving stakeholders in translating practice to refinements and testing of the HazardAware©tool.
HVRI is contributing to themes 2 and 3 by contributing data and downscaling computations for SoVI®and BRIC metrics in the study region and how to integrate such actionable data into the HazardAware©application. The Moore School contribution focuses on theme 1 in developing choice models for mitigation options and understanding risk.
Project Lead Investigators: Dr. Christopher T. Emrich (UCF) and Dr. Melanie Gall (ASU)
Funding: Gulf Research Program, Thriving Communities Program