Event Title

Demographic Patterns near Hazardous Sites in New York State

Presenter Information

Anne Schechner, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

This project uses ArcGIS and the R programming language to evaluate the proximity of different hazardous waste cleanup sites to different demographic variables in New York State. The goal is to identify potential areas of environmental justice concern, or areas where the burden of environmental hazards are being disproportionately borne by one demographic group. New Yorks wide range of income and population density will be included in this analysis. The hypothesis is that areas of high environmental concern are strongly linked to areas of low income.Monte Carlo simulations are used to test the strength of these relationships. Analysis results indicate that a strong relationship exists between proximity to population density and presence of Superfund sites. The analysis also indicates that there exists a relationship between income and site presence.

Faculty Sponsor

Manny Gimond

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

457

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Demographic Patterns near Hazardous Sites in New York State

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

This project uses ArcGIS and the R programming language to evaluate the proximity of different hazardous waste cleanup sites to different demographic variables in New York State. The goal is to identify potential areas of environmental justice concern, or areas where the burden of environmental hazards are being disproportionately borne by one demographic group. New Yorks wide range of income and population density will be included in this analysis. The hypothesis is that areas of high environmental concern are strongly linked to areas of low income.Monte Carlo simulations are used to test the strength of these relationships. Analysis results indicate that a strong relationship exists between proximity to population density and presence of Superfund sites. The analysis also indicates that there exists a relationship between income and site presence.

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