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for North Carolina Geographer Vol. 2 Issue , Summer 1993
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Knowledge of storm and erosion hazard zones along barrier islands is crucial for public safety and informed land use. In this study hazardous areas along the Outer Banks which have been identified by earth scientists in the literature of coastal zone management are compared with native folk perceptions. Long-term residents who have observed several decades of environmental change can complement scientific delimination of hazard zones.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nonpoint sources of water pollution (i.e., agriculture, urban runoff, mining, forestry, and construction) are among the leading causes of decreased water quality in the United States. The State of North Carolina recently promulgated stringent regulations governing land use in watersheds and are effectively using GIS as a system for hydraulic models to reinforce new legislation.
Geographic information is increasingly being used as a decision support tool in both public and private sector organizations. The North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) is an agency in the Office of State Planning. Established in 1977 as part of the Land Policy Act, CGIA implemented one of the first fully operational state geographic information systems in the country.
One of the major geographical characteristics of precipitation is its spatial pattern. many studies have described and explained the spatial variation of monthly and annual precipitation totals in various regions, but much less is known about the pattern of precipitation on the daily time scale. Robinson discusses this in terms of North Carolina.
In North Carolina the natural hazards which cause the greatest number of casualties and greatest dollar damage are atmosphere. One such type of atmospheric hazard is the nor'easter, an extratropical cyclone of high intensity and wind velocity.
Eyre discusses congressional redistricting of North Carolina for the 1991-1992 year. He explains the objectives, guidelines, and political geography of this act.