Addressing Interconnections between the Built and Natural Environments through Post-Event Damage Surveys

EF-4 Tornado

Project Description

The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE) is a research program to understand how environmental factors characteristic of the southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity, structure, and path of tornadoes in this region. VORTEX-SE will also determine the best methods for communicating forecast uncertainty related to these events to the public, and evaluate public response.

As one of several supported research projects associated with VORTEX-SE, this study seeks to characterize the interconnected nature of debris and damage propagation within communities by carefully examining both the built and natural environment through detailed damage surveys following tornadoes. A better understanding of these interconnections should help to identify ways to mitigate risk from tornadoes.

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