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INVESTIGATING THE SCALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE THROUGH GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR AIR TOXICS IN WEST OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (Fisher et al, 2006) The paper under analysis characterizes the spatial point pattern of air toxics in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated Environmental Justice area of West Oak-land, California. Integrating a GIS framework and an interdisciplinary statistical technique called Ripley’s K-function, Fisher et al. verify the neighborhood as an environmental justice site across multiple spatial scales, and by means of an air dispersion model, identify the number of people potentially affected by a particular facility, and engage the problem of non-point sources of diesel emissions with an analysis of the street network (Fisher, 2003; Fisher et al, 2006). DATA SOURCES The data used in this study was mainly obtained from two different sources: 1. US Census Burea...

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