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Of Mushroom Clouds and Monroe County Kyle Foster Applications of GIS November 9, 2006.

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1 Of Mushroom Clouds and Monroe County Kyle Foster Applications of GIS November 9, 2006

2 Overview Nuclear weapons primer Confusion & Clarity The Target What GIS shows us Questions?

3 What is a nuclear weapon? For our purposes, a large explosive with interesting side-effects Typical Effects: “Hard Radiation” Pulse Fireball Shock Waves Thermal Pulse Fallout

4 How Large is “Large”? All targets are not created equal Classified information Witnesses Survivors Public misinformation

5 Why nuclear weapons?

6 A Sense of Scale Rochester, NY 02/8c15b3ad5c84bfa5a746529ea b px-Rochester-NY- skyline.jpg.medium.jpg

7 GIS Hypocenter marked via Editor Blast features calculated (optimal air burst assumed) Buffers built from results

8 15 kilotons “Little Boy” in Hiroshima RegionRadius (km)Population 20 psi overpressure psi overpressure lethal thermal radiation

9 100 kilotons 1962 “Storax Sedan” test RegionRadius (km)Population 20 psi overpressure psi overpressure lethal thermal radiation

10 1 megaton 1955 Soviet RDS-37 test (1.6 Mt) RegionRadius (km)Population 20 psi overpressure psi overpressure lethal thermal radiation

11 50 megatons 1961 Soviet “Tsar Bomba” RegionRadius (km)Population 20 psi overpressure psi overpressure lethal thermal radiation

12 Questions?


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