Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography & Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Fall 2020 Virtual Seminar Series


Sarah Stafford
Economics Department and Public Policy Program, College of William & Mary

Monday, October 5, 2020
3:30 PM

Zoom link


This presentation describes the findings of a recent project that combines data from a survey of shoreline property owners with data on shoreline modification permits to examine whether and how property owners modify their estuarine shorelines. We find that shoreline armoring is very popular among property owners that choose to modify their shoreline. While living shorelines are less common, applications for them are increasing both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of all shoreline modification requests. For property owners, a number of different issues factor into the shoreline modification decision including effectiveness, cost, aesthetics, and property values, but regardless of their choice of shoreline modification, almost all survey respondents believe that their choices have had a neutral or positive impact on erosion and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The results of this project provide insights into how coastal managers might affect the choice of shoreline modification and encourage owners to choose living shorelines over shoreline armoring.


Dr. Stafford is the Chair of the Economics Department and the Chancellor Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Law at the College of William & Mary. Dr. Stafford earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy and interdisciplinary journals, as well as a number of articles in law reviews. She has received grants from multiple organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the Blue Moon Foundation and Resources for the Future. Dr. Stafford served as the Secretary of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists from 2009 to 2013 and is currently a member of the Editorial Council for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Her current research focuses on examining the impacts of sea level rise on individuals, local communities, and government and helping those entities prepare for and adapt to their changing environment.

Old Dominion University Homepage CCPO
Innovation Research Park Building I
4111 Monarch Way, 3rd Floor
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23508
CCPO Homepage

Updated on 09/25/2020.
This page is maintained by Julie R. Morgan
Copyright Info: Old Dominion University 2020