Excited to lead a NOAA-RISA funded research project that focuses on the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Buyout Programs as an Adaptive Response to Compound Flood Events and Coastal Inundation Risk in Rural Communities. I am taking over as the PI for the project from my colleague Dr. Meghan Millea (Department of Economics). The project is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Climate Program Office’s Adaptation Sciences (AdSCi) Program.
We plan to look at the full impact of buyout programs in two rural communities in the Carolinas applying mixed methods to capture the benefits and costs of this adaptation strategy while addressing the fiscal and equity challenges. I will be working with co-PIs Dr. Meghan Millea and Dr. Jamie Kruse at ECU, Dr. Scott Curtis at The Citadel, and Katie Finegan at South Carolina Sea Grant.