Analysis of Distribution of Vulnerable Groups in Relation to Ozone Pollution in California
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This paper aims to look at the distribution of groups vulnerable to ozone pollution to see if they are disproportionately distributed more in ozone nonattainment areas compared to non-vulnerable groups and to produce a map that priority areas in need of state assistance for ozone-related health issues. Through spatial analysis using GIS techniques, I found that: women are 0.073% more distributed in ozone nonattainment areas than men; elders over 65 years old are distributed disproportionately more in nonattainment areas with low classifications but in areas with high classification; both Black and non-White people are more distributed in nonattainment areas than White people, but there is the possibility that Asians and/or Native Americans are not. San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange are the areas that most need state assistance for health. Further research is needed to determine vulnerable groups and create up-to-date priority maps.