Intersection between disaster vulnerability and sustainability
This project explores the intersection between settlement sustainability and various environmental and public health risks facing those settlements. It focuses on the physical environment in which low-income human settlements (LIHS) in the GCR are located, looking for example at land underlain by dolomite, prone to flooding, and adjacent to mine residue areas where wind-borne air pollution presents health risks.
- A 2nd phase of mapping and analysis into flood hazards, building on research in 2011/12 on available flood-plain data in the city-region. This component will look specifically at stormwater ponding (pluvial) risk;
- Using the medium of photography and posters, a ‘cataloguing’ of different low-income settlement types on dolomite, coupled with a geotechnical analysis of how vulnerability is affected by settlement design;
- As a follow-up to the GCRO’s first Provocation, an investigation into the current situation with – and proposed solutions to – Acid Mine Drainage in the city-region.
Outputs in 2012/13
- Conference paper on flooding in the GCR, presented to ‘FloodRisk2012’ in the Netherlands in Nov 2012;
- A journal article on flood risk and climate change;
- A GCRO research report on the current status quo with regards to managing Acid Mine Drainage risk.