The Vulnerability Mapping Analysis Platform (VMAP) turns complex socio-demographic, environmental, and medical data into applied tools for emergency and crisis management decision makers by utilizing the most appropriate scientific methods. Let VMAP help you measure and visualize disaster losses and human impacts through the lens of evidenced based vulnerability analysis.
June 19, 2020
These publications were recently added to the SoVI® - USC’s Social Vulnerability Index Publications on the VMAP Publications page.
Social Vulnerability Index and obesity: An empirical study in the US
Patient‑ and area‑level predictors of prostate cancer among South Carolina veterans: a spatial analysis
Measuring social equity in flood recovery funding
Social Vulnerability and Procedural Equity: Exploring the Distribution of Disaster Aid Across Counties in the United States
Comparing index-based vulnerability assessments in the Mississippi Delta: Implications of contrasting theories, indicators, and aggregation methodologies
How Valid Are Social Vulnerability Models?
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October 28, 2019
How Our Data Can Help You Dig Into Disasters
For most of 2019, we’ve been investigating natural disasters, particularly those that science shows are intensified by the planet’s warming. We now have data you can use as a guide to look for impacts...
Our newest version of the Social Vulnerability Mapping Tool has just been released! In VMAP-v2, users are now able to produce tract level SoVI® maps, reports, images, shapefiles, and factor score data files for multiple areas of interest including: State, County, City, Congressional District, and Watershed or a user defined region. Depending on your planning needs, the mapping tool now provides three unique analysis packages: Premier, Advanced, and Basic. Package samples are available to preview prior to purchasing. Single state reports for census year 2015 or older are still being provided at no cost.
The University of Central Florida seeks a post-doctoral scientist to conduct research at the intersection of public health, environmental hazards, and social vulnerability. This is a full-time (12 month) position, with an expected start date as soon as possible, but no later than January 2019...
Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
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The University of Central Florida seeks a post‐doctoral scientist to conduct research at the intersection of natural hazards, social vulnerability, and emergency management. This is a full‐time (12 month) position, with an expected start date as soon as possible, but no later than January 2019...
Screening of applications will begin on October 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
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While emergency managers at all levels have shown an interest in identifying vulnerable populations before and after disasters, the ability to systematically measure or monitor social vulnerability—the differential disaster impacts on social groups based on pre-event social conditions and capacities to adequately prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptive events—across a range of places has been lacking.
Dr. Christopher Emrich, with the University of Central Florida, partnered with the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, and OXFAM America to map the social vulnerability and impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
One week after being pummelled by Hurricane Maria the island is struggling to recover.
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University of Central Florida Professor of Environmental Science & Public Administration – and hurricane expert – Christopher Emrich interviewed with Knight News Wednesday on the impact of Irma on Central Florida.
Emrich on Knights News
Millions of Floridians were without power in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Crews at utility companies across the state worked feverishly to get customers back up and running, but some may remain without power for weeks to come.
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Christopher Emrich is studying the impact of Hurricane Matthew. He explains why in 2016, more than a decade on from the 2004 hurricane season, the power grid is still vulnerable to big storms.
Dr. Christopher T. Emrich, PhD and Peter Georgantopoulos, PhD (c)
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Future versions of VMAP will support identification of communities with inherent medical vulnerability to disasters.
Future versions of VMAP will provide a scaled down version of the Environmental Vulnerability Index for the natural environment developed by SOPAC, UNEP, and their partners. This index will provide insight into the processes that can negatively influence sustainable development.