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Mapping human vulnerability to chemical accidents in the vicinity of chemical industry parks

In light of large-scale chemical accidents in China, this article explores the concept and methodology of assessing and quantifying human vulnerability to chemical risks in chemical industry parks and clusters. After a review of literature on the subject and an explanation of the conceptual model, the article presents a case study using the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park along the Yangtze River. Using GIS, the plume footprint of a potential chlorine leakage is depicted, and human vulnerability can be assessed by looking at population's proximity and access to transportation and hospital services.

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