Catastrophic coastal storms: hazard mitigation and development management

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Duke University Press, 1989 - Business & Economics - 275 pages
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As people cluster on the coast in increasing numbers, coastal populations become more vulnerable to severe damage from catastrophic coastal storms. The authors contend that current public policy has proved unable to cope with this growing problem, and in response they present a comprehensive analysis of coastal storm hazards, standard policy approaches, and promising new means of managing coastal growth.
"Catastrophic Coastal Storms" offers a solution to the policy problem by proposing a merger of hazard mitigation with development management, basing this on extensive surveys of at-risk coastal locations and case studies of post-hurricane recovery. Starting with the local level of government and proceeding to state and federal levels, the authors propose a strategy for overcoming the formidable obstacles to safeguarding the shoreline population and its structures from hurricanes and other severe storms.

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Coastal Storm Risks as a Policy Problem
Alternative Approaches to Mitigating Coastal Storm Hazards

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Godschalk is a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Anna K. Schwab is in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

David J. Brower is a Research Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professor Brower teaches courses in land use and environmental planning, environmental ethics, planning law, coastal zone management, and sustainable development.

His research interests include growth management, coastal zone management, integrating the impacts of natural hazards, sustainable development, and environmental ethics. Dr. Brower is currently working to create a graduate course for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Higher Education Project.

Dr. Brower also has an active planning consulting practice and is admitted to practice law in several states as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served as an officer and on the boards of several state and national organizations including the American Planning Association and the Growth Management Institute.

Philip R. Berke is associate professor of land use and environmental policy in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Timothy Beatley is associate professor and former chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.