Evaluating the Inequity Impact of Climate Change on Urban and Rural Communities


Joo, S. H. (2024). Evaluating the Inequity Impact of Climate Change on Urban and Rural Communities. Prevention and Treatment of Natural Disasters, 3(1).


  • Sung Hee Joo
    Department of Engineering & Engineering Technology, College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO 80204, USA

Extreme weather (heat waves, floods, drought, tropical storms, and tornados) has intensified as a result of climate change. In particular, the effects of climatic hazards on remote communities are more severe due their limited access to resources (e.g., health, socio-economics, sewer, stormwater, and drinking water systems), causing a dichotomy between urban cities and remote regions. For example, unknown and potentially emerging contaminants present in floodwater have detrimental effects on rural communities, causing an increased number of deaths given their lack of access to public health resources. Meanwhile, urban cities continuously rely on the natural resources of those same rural communities to confront climate change-induced natural disasters. This paper contributes to the development of a climate change resilience framework for urban and rural communities, exploring the approaches in mitigating disparate impacts between the two communities. Several discussions from the perspectives of policy and technical methodologies are provided, including watershed management. Furthermore, through analysis, this study outlays future directions and suggested resolutions of the inequity impact of climate change on rural and urban communities.


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