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After the Deluge

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After the Deluge

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, social scientists seek lessons from its survivors

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A long-term study identified resilience factors that helped Hurricane Katrina survivors recover.


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More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, three social scientists are still dedicated to compiling survivor experiences, as outlined in this article by Science writer Kelly Servick. Using analytical tools which track financial stability, housing and social interactions, the researchers identified specific factors which affect why people thrived or suffered after the 2005 storm. They intend to apply their results to future catastrophes such as fires, earthquakes and floods. The article will engage and inform anyone interested in mitigating human issues associated with disaster recovery. 

Summary

Social scientists are conducting a long-term study of Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Three social scientists independently researching the long-term effects of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina on local populations joined forces to analyze their results, compiled over 10 to 15 years. Study leaders included Mark VanLandingham from Tulane University, Mary Waters from Harvard University and David Abramson from New York University. Their ongoing project, Katrina@10, identified “predictors of resilience” which mitigated the effects of the deadly storm.

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About the Author

Kelly Servick is a staff writer for Science.    


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