Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Analyze East Coast Coastal Adaption

Sep. 13, 2017
Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan

Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, and faculty from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of Georgia and Duke University have secured significant funding from the National Science Foundation.  Their work will analyze the ways in which coastal processes and economic decisions about land use and coastal engineering interact to determine the nature and timing of adaptation to climate risk. It addresses the interactions of natural forces, economic decisions, and public policies over long time horizons to determine how the built environment and patterns of human settlement react to rising seas and related coastline changes. These issues are of concern to a significant part of the US population, especially along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico, that faces persistent flooding and storm damage. A fundamental aim of this research is to provide knowledge and tools to look further forward in time in responding to coastal and environmental changes. The results will advance knowledge about how beaches and coastal environments react to various storm-related scenarios. It will also provide insight into how real-estate markets react to complex changes in environmental conditions, public policies, scientific knowledge, and individual attitudes and values.