Relocate Verses Rebuild Decisions: Understanding the Importance of Coupled Systems

  • Kathleen Sullivan Sealey
  • Ray King Burch
  • P.-M. Binder
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


Weather-related events stress rich and poor neighborhoods alike, but flooding events in coastal ecosystems pose a greater financial and ecological disaster for low-income residents (see “Surging Seas” Submerged Risk Map that highlights the vulnerability of neighborhoods along the Miami River and west of the International Airport at Flood disasters provide a special challenge for social, financial and ecological resilience. Fundamental decisions need to be made in a timely manner for the long-term viability of recovery: should residents rebuild or relocate? The resilience of a community to recover after flooding disaster depends very much on where the neighborhood is, and how the community is prepared for short-term and long-term prospects of recovery.


Federal Reserve Bank FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Flood insurance Relocate Hazard risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Sullivan Sealey
    • 1
  • Ray King Burch
    • 2
  • P.-M. Binder
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Financial AnalystHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource ManagementUniversity of HawaiiHiloUSA

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