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Environmental Geosciences (DEG)



DOI: 10.1046/j.1526-0984.2001.008001061.x
© 2001 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Scientists and Coastal <a name="hit1" /><font color="red"><i><b><a href="#hit0"><img border="0" src="/data/images/arrow_left.gif" alt="Previous Hit"></a>Hazards<a href="#hit2"><img border="0" src="/data/images/arrow_right.gif" alt="Next Hit"></a></b></i></font>: Opportunities for Participation and Policy Change

Scientists and Coastal Previous HitHazardsNext Hit: Opportunities for Participation and Policy Change

Thomas A. Birkland1

1 Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12222

Thomas Birkland is a professor of public policy at the State University of New York at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. His research centers on environmental and natural Previous HithazardsNext Hit policy. He has written several articles on natural Previous HithazardsNext Hit, and is the author of After Disaster (Georgetown University Press), a study of the political effects of disasters.


Earthquakes and hurricanes are important and costly natural Previous HithazardsNext Hit. Although there has been a National Earthquake Previous HitHazardsNext Hit Reduction Act since 1977, there is no parallel statutory program dealing with the equally costly and dangerous hurricane hazard and with coastal Previous HithazardsNext Hit in general. A primary reason for the lack of comprehensive federal legislation is the lesser degree of scientific input at congressional hearings dealing with hurricane policy compared with the greater prominence of science in earthquake policy-making. The differences between earthquake and hurricane policy reflect broader factors that inhibit effective coastal Previous HithazardsNext Hit policy-making in general. But with these factors come opportunities for earth scientists to organize and press for more effective participation in coastal Previous HithazardsTop policy.

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