Estimating Environmental Benefits Of Natural Hazard Mitigation With Data Transfer: Results From A Benefit-Cost Analysis Of Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grants

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John Whitehead Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This paper summarizes methods, data and results associated with the first major attempt to evaluate the environmental benefits of U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency natural hazards mitigation grants. The study relied heavily on the refinement of benefit transfer methods. Categories of benefits include water quality for recreational and commercial fishing, drinking water, outdoor recreation, hazardous waste, wetlands and aesthetic, health and safety benefits. Environmental and historic benefits proved to be a very minor proportion of the total benefits in dollar terms. Only a very small percentage of earthquake and wind-related hazards yielded environmental benefits, while a sizeable percentage of flood hazard grants did so. We also discuss the prospects that environmental benefits might have been much greater had data been available to analyze more environmental impacts.

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Whitehead, John C., and Adam Z. Rose. (2009). Estimating Environmental Benefits of Natural Hazard Mitigation with Benefit Transfer: Results from a Benefit-Cost Analysis of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 14(7):655-676. Publisher’s version available from (ISSN: 1381-2386) DOI: 10.1007/s11027-009-9189-2
Language: English
Date: 2009

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