Clemson scientists explore costs of flood mitigation solutions.

A multi-disciplinary team from Clemson University will evaluate infrastructure intervention initiatives for quelling the impact of floods in South Carolina's coastal communities with support from a $404,000 coastal community resilience grant.

"In coastal South Carolina and beyond, nuisance flooding from extremely high spring or 'king' tides can disrupt life for residents and visitors in our communities," Daniel Hitchcock, associate professor at Clemson University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, said in a news release. "These flood events are more routine than our unprecedented tropical events over the past few years. Recent large tropical events have certainly opened our eyes to potential adverse impacts and demonstrate the need for better data and predictive tools, as well as socioeconomic assessment."

Clemson's researchers will conduct geospatial analyses of flood hot spots and the economic impact in these areas, according to the news release. Hitchcock's team will include Baruch Institute associates Marcieh Motallebi, assistant professor of applied economics, Amy Scaroni, an assistant extension professor; Bo Song, associate professor of landscape ecology; and Tom Williams, a professor...

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