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Coastal Erosion Issues: Shifting Hazardous Development Costs to Users

Coastal Erosion Issues: Shifting Hazardous Development Costs to Users

During the first part of this class, the instructor describes the natural and man-made forces that lead to coastal erosion, the issues raised by such erosion and the efforts to combat it. The instructor will discuss, in some detail, the different approaches to mitigate coastal erosion.

The second part of the Class provides a review of the costs of coastal hazards and a discussion of who should pay to protect coastal property from erosion. This is followed by a discussion of how the costs of coastal hazards could be born to coastal property owners. Finally, the session concludes with a role-playing exercise in which students will present arguments for or against a proposed policy to tax residents of hazardous areas to pay for hazard mitigation and disaster response and recovery.

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