[PAST EVENT] Shoreline change in urban Massachusetts: time for retreat?

October 24, 2014
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, Andrews Hall 326
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
Presenter: Porter Hoagland, WHOI

Reception at 3:00 p.m. in Andrews Hall 326

Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Andrews Hall 326

"Shoreline change in urban Massachusetts: time for retreat?"

Changes in shoreline configuration are the inevitable result of significant storm events and rising sea levels caused by a warming climate. Urban settings comprise a mix of exposed and armored shorelines, complicating assessments of shoreline-change hazards. In his talk, Dr. Hoagland will review geo-economic frameworks for characterizing human adaptations to shoreline change and will discuss several areas of empirical research that may provide information to decision-makers as they consider policies of protection or retreat. He will focus on some examples of the structured shoreline along an urban coast in Massachusetts, where hard structures may result in external effects. Also, he will present an approach for assessing the economic costs of these effects and will identify some areas for further research.

Porter Hoagland holds a Ph.D. and an M.M.P. in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Biology from Hobart College. He specializes in the application of methods from economics and policy analysis to problems in ocean and coastal management. His main research interests include the spatial and temporal allocation of resources and uses (marine spatial planning and ocean zoning), the design of institutions for ocean management, and the characterization of appropriate policy instruments for rationalizing human uses of the ocean. His recent work focuses on marine natural hazards, including shoreline change and harmful algal blooms, sediment management in estuaries, and the conservation and management of marine fisheries.

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