Coastal urban areas are experiencing the effects of sea level
rise in the form of more frequent and intense flooding. Retreat from
vulnerable at-risk areas and the creation of open green space that may be
used for both storm water retention and enhanced recreational activities is
a common mitigation strategy. This research presents a methodology for local
governments to acquire privately held urban parcels to create green space,
manage water, and enhance quality of life. This methodology is demonstrated
by way of a case study of parcel acquisition in Portsmouth, Virginia. This
research is generalizable in that it provides a science-based, general
framework that may be used to guide local parcel acquisition policy in
response to increasing risk posed by sea level rise and flooding. The
research is practical and addresses both political and methodological
hurdles in the identification of areas to be considered for buyout.
Dr. Joshua Behr is a Research Associate Professor at Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC). He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State, Fullerton and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Behr's research focuses on medically-vulnerable populations and preparedness.
Carol Considine is the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity and an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. She earned a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech and a M.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research agenda is focused on applied research related to climate adaptation, including the collaborative watershed solutions, the built environment, and green infrastructure education and training.
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