Flood Events: Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

One of the projects that the Lake Superior
National Estuarine Research Reserve is interested in is about understanding the
economic and social aspects of flooding events to find out what is the
socioeconomic cost of this flooding and how it affects the local community. Better understanding how the people in
our community are affected by these events and where and who is most
affected is a really important piece in understanding how we can help this
community become more resilient to these large storm events in particular, which
we are seeing happen more frequently unfortunately. To understand whether the
actions they are taking will help them to protect their property—making sure
that the actions can save them money when they’re dealing with insurance.
Homeowners are gonna have a role in it, and that’s going to impact how they view
their community. When they are participating in it and have some sense
of ownership and maybe even recognize, “Hey, what we did on our yard is being
replicated over here by the city on a much bigger scale!”, you’re part of that
solution. Findings from this study will help the policymakers to come up with
appropriate strategies and also the resource persons, as researchers who are
involved with the project, along with the fellow who will be part of this project. In this area, in this whole region, we
have a really strong history of collaborations between federal
government, state government, cities and counties, and townships even, and
universities and all sorts of folks. So, yeah, I think whoever is working on this
would probably not be able to avoid a collaboration with a whole variety of
people—people they never even probably thought they might end up working with.

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