Committee Chair

Fomunung, Ignatius W.

Committee Member

Onyango, Mbakisya A.; Owino, Joseph O.; Byard, Benjamin

Department

Dept. of Civil and Chemical Engineering

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

In recent years there has been a rise in the frequency and severity of natural disasters. The economic costs associated with these extreme events exceeded $110 billion in the year 2012 alone. While the causes for these events are many and the subject of current controversy there is little doubt that man’s role in rapid urbanization is amplifying the impacts of such occurrences and adds a layer of complexity to efforts aimed at mitigation. While there are systems in place there is a need for a national overhaul of the methods currently active for the mitigation and protection of vulnerable critical infrastructure and the communities devastated by natural disasters. This thesis presents a framework and research approach to provide a means to reducing physical and economic damages associated with natural disasters. A case study is presented illustrating the devastation that would be caused by 100, 500 and 1000-year flood events in the Hamilton County, TN area. It was found that the damages resulting from each storm would cause federal declarations of disaster. Mitigation, recovery and resilience efforts are discussed in the aftermath.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Floods; Flood control; Flood damage prevention; City planning -- Environmental aspects; Disaster relief; Risk management

Keyword

Urban flooding; Engineering; Framework

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

ix, 110 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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