Scattered to the Wind : An Evaluation of the Disaster Landscape of Coastal North Carolina

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Jennifer E. Jones (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Nathan Richards

Abstract: Coastal North Carolina has had a long and intimate relationship with severe weather events the outcome of which has affected the physical economical and social structures of the State. The primary objective of this thesis is to investigate historical storm occurrences in coastal North Carolina in order to determine a correlation between weather disasters and the initial settlement sustained occupation or abandonment of occupied lands. Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) to explore historical hurricane tracks and shipwreck and land site loss spatial and temporal analysis can provide insight into how the disaster landscape is reflected in settlement patterns and loss versus survivability as well as the social economic or environmental factors that have shaped continued and subsequent settlement and trade in coastal North Carolina. 

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Date: 2012
Archaeology, American history, Climate changes, Coastal change, Cultural change, Economics, Hurricanes, North Carolina, Shipwrecks
Natural disasters--Research--North Carolina
Hurricanes--North Carolina
Severe storms--North Carolina
Land settlement patterns--North Carolina
Abandonment of property--North Carolina
Extinct cities--North Carolina
Cultural landscapes--North Carolina

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