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As a student at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse I completed this final project for my Advanced GIS course. This presentation describes the project which assesses the geophysical and social vulnerability to natural disasters for the counties of New Jersey. My interest in this topic was sparked by the unusual weather patterns seen here during "superstorm" Sandy in October 2012. Researching this topic and completing an assessment in GIS allowed me to better understand the geophysical factors that can make a physical landscape more prone to disasters and the social factors that can create a vulnerable society. My goal is to do more work on this topic to create safer and more prepared communities.
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