Hurricanes and Flooding
Flooding is the most common and destructive natural disaster in the United States. To meet the challenge, experts at RFF are examining the impacts of flooding in communities across the country and evaluating methods for mitigating its impact.
Nature-Based Flood Solutions and the National Flood Insurance Program
This issue brief examines how the National Flood Insurance Program could reduce premiums by incorporating nature-based solutions.
What's at Stake? Understanding the Role of Home Equity in Flood Insurance Demand
This working paper finds that as home equity increases, so does demand for flood insurance—a finding with major implications for understanding climate change's impact on housing.
Wetlands, Flooding, and the Clean Water Act
This study, published in the American Economic Review, estimates the value of wetlands in flood mitigation in the United States, finding that each hectare of wetland loss costs our communities on average $1,840 annually, spiking to $8,000 in developed areas.
Quantifying the Impacts of Storm Surge, Sea Level Rise, and Potential Reduction and Changes in Wetlands in Coastal Areas of the Chesapeake Bay Region
This paper outlines the benefits of coastal wetlands for reducing storm surge flooding from hurricanes, both currently and in the future, with projections of sea level rise and accompanying land use change in coastal areas.
Margaret A. Walls
Margaret Walls is a senior fellow at RFF. Her current research focuses on issues related to resilience and adaptation to extreme events, ecosystem services, and conservation, parks and public lands.
Leonard A. Shabman
Len Shabman is a Senior Fellow at RFF. His current work balances time spent in research with advisory activities in order to have a direct bearing on the design and execution of water and related resources policy.
Yanjun (Penny) Liao
Yanjun (Penny) Liao is an economist and Fellow at Resources for the Future. Her current research focuses on issues of natural disaster risk management and climate adaptation.
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