A Spatial Analysis of Life-Threatening Hazards Associated with Winter Weather Events in Georgia
Injuries and deaths due to falls and traffic accidents have been shown to increase due to winter weather. While these life-threatening hazards associated with winter weather events have been studied in other regions of the country, to date there are no existing studies specific to Georgia. The aim of this presentation is to identify winter weather events in Georgia from 1990-2011 and analyze the most dangerous life-threatening hazards associated with these events. Data on traffic accidents, falls, hypothermia, and sledding accidents were collected from a variety of sources. These data were mapped by Georgia climate division using ArcMap 10. These maps were analyzed to determine the extent to which each hazard impacted each climate division, which climate divisions experienced the greatest amount of life-threatening impacts, and how each hazard compares across climate divisions. This presentation will highlight the results of this spatial analysis.