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Assessing Societal Vulnerability to Natural Hazards

These scientific investigations utilize models, sensitivity analyses, geographic distributions of people and infrastructure, and the probability of specific disturbance factors occurring, to evaluate a community’s vulnerability and risk. The LCS program helps local and State governments assess their vulnerability by augmenting the USGS’ traditional expertise in natural hazards with the ability to assess the exposure, sensitivity, and resilience of a community. These projects include case studies, interpretative assessments, and science impact studies involving stakeholders and other clients in collaborative processes. Specific projects include assessing multiple hazards in southern California, as well as volcanoes and tsunamis in the Pacific North-West.

Projects conducting research on Assessing Societal Vulnerability to Natural Hazards:

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