Despite decades of regulatory efforts in the United States to decrease vulnerability in developed coastal zones, exposure of residential assets to hurricane damage is increasing — even in places where hurricanes have struck before. Comparing plan-view footprints of individual residential buildings before and long after major hurricane strikes, we find a systematic pattern of ‘building back bigger’ among renovated and new properties.
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Lazarus, E.D., Limber, P.W., Goldstein, E.B. et al. Building back bigger in hurricane strike zones. Nat Sustain 1, 759–762 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0185-y