This thesis tries to not only denote where social vulnerability or the loss experienced by an individual in the aftermath of a flood event exists but tries to unpack the term into two sub-components. One component is determined primarily by property loss and the other component is determined by classically defined social vulnerability. Both of these components are often associated under the general umbrella term of social vulnerability in scientific articles and are rarely studied for their distinct and individual differences. This thesis attempts to accomplish this by tracing social vulnerability to its key theoretical lineages. The principles of each lineage are incorporated into a survey administered to individuals who have experienced flooding in the past. K means clustering is then used to isolate two different groups and their individual characteristic traits. This research supports the hypothesis that social vulnerability is a differential term composed of the two main subcomponents discussed earlier.
|Advisor:||Rodrigue, Christine M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Flood control, Flooding, Hazards, Social vulnerability, Yuba county|
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