Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Migration and natural disasters: Role of tornadoes and quality of life in internal migration patterns in tornado hot spots of the United States
by Wei, Caiping, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2014, 76; 1562990
Abstract (Summary)

Tornadoes are one of the most frequent and destructive disasters in the United States. Like other environmental calamities, tornadoes too act as push factors for migration. The objectives of this study are to define tornado hot spots in the US, to analyze migration effectiveness in the tornado hot spots and non-hot spots, and to explore how tornado and other socio-economic factors influence migration decision. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. Internal revenue service migration data, SPC tornado data, and Census Bureau data were used in the study. The results indicate that there are significant differences between migration patterns in the tornado hot spots and rest of the country: tornado hot spots are losing population to other regions. The results also indicated that along with the traditional socio-economic push and pull factors of migration, tornado occurrences also influenced people's migration decision in the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ambinakudige, Shrinidhi S.
Commitee: Dixon, Paul Grady, Sherman-Morris, Kathleen
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Geosciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geographic information science
Keywords: Hot spots, Internal migration, Migration effectiveness, Tornado
Publication Number: 1562990
ISBN: 978-1-321-10932-0
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