California is infamously known for its likelihood of environmental hazards such as flooding, landslides, air pollution, and forest fires which can be attributed to the natural climate of the area as well as anthropologically influenced climate change. Air pollution also poses potential threats and dangers to the civilians of California as increasing populations and uses of fossil fuels continue to contribute to the growing issue of climate change. The goal of this study was to examine and analyze the geospatial trends environmental hazards in California such as landslides, air pollution, flooding, and forest fires. A weighted test, zone and slope reclassifications, and quantified tests were conducted in order to study the effects of climate change on risk level in California. It was found that the greatest air quality and fire risk is located within Central Valley while fire and landslide risk showed opposite effects. Areas of high environmental hazard risk and low income were scattered amongst the state but mainly concentrated in the northern and eastern areas of California.
Bondi, Brittany and Kaewwilai, Alyssa J.
"Flooding, Landslides, Wildfires, Air Pollution, and Income: Risk in California,"
Gettysburg Social Sciences Review: Vol. 4:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://cupola.gettysburg.edu/gssr/vol4/iss1/3