The Hurricane Katrina Disaster Research Paper by adverbialx

The Hurricane Katrina Disaster
An in-depth look at the hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
# 101502 | 2,839 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2008 in Political Science (Government Agencies) , Geography (General)

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This paper explores the factors that could have caused hurricane Katrina and discusses if Katrina was predictable and the likelihood that New Orleans will be hit again. The paper examines this region in comparison to others that have a history of hurricanes and looks at whether the city should be rebuilt on its old location. The paper then discusses the measures that will make New Orleans safer if it is indeed rebuilt.

Introduction: Predicting Disaster
Should New Orleans Be rebuilt?
The Extent of Destruction and Future Guidelines

From the Paper:

"Past civilizations have always been under the threat of some form of natural disaster. For some we only know of them because of a particular disaster that swallowed up and preserved them, such as the well-known Pompei example in ancient Italy. But in modern times we have the good fortune of knowing a lot more about what causes certain natural disasters, and to this extent we can help prepare certain regions for what inevitably will come their way. Figuring out all the geographical relations that determine a particular region becomes very important, and many areas of science must mesh to convey the full information, statistical or otherwise, of what causes severe weather systems, and to what degree is the pattern predictable. Currently there is increasing concern surrounding the hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and in general how we can prepare for an increase in tropical storms in this and other critical regions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lehrer, Jonah. Callling Katrina. Nova Science Sept, 2005.
  • Emanuel, K. A., "Increasing destructiveness of tropical cyclones over the past 30 years". Nature, 436, 686-688. 2005.
  • Trenberth, K. E., "Climate Change and the ENSO Cycle. Facts and Speculation about La Nina and Its Societal Impacts". Glantz, M.H. (Ed.) Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University Press. Pgs. 51-56. 2002.
  • FEMA website. Hurricane Katrina Flood Recovery Maps About Hurricane Katrina. May 2006. <>
  • Fischetti, Mark. "Drowning New Orleans" Scientific American. October, 2001.

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