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When Disaster Strikes: Street Network Vulnerabilities Across NYC

10 years after Hurricane Sandy, NYC has seen billions of dollars dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable areas to flooding. Still yet, the 520 miles of waterfront and many low-lying neighborhoods are more vulnerable to flooding than ever before. The increase in frequency of adverse climate impacts like storm surges has contributed to the degradation of roads, requiring more frequent maintenance of NYC streets. This urban informatics study is a statistical analysis in Python that seeks to understand which New York City neighborhoods are the most vulnerable during extreme flooding events due to low-capacity road infrastructure The results of this analysis seek to inform the Department of Transportation (DOT) which streets should be prioritized for infrastructural improvements to ensure that residents are able to safely access evacuation hubs in the event of an emergency evacuation.

December 2022
Tools Jupyter Notebook (Python), ArcGIS Pro, InDesign

with Stacey Chui, Varisa Tanti, Rob Sanchez
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