The Oregon Coastal Futures project includes two social scientists who will examine how potential public actions intended to build community resilience for sea level rise (chronic) and earthquake/tsunami (acute) hazards can have uneven impacts across groups or populations. This team of researchers will conduct in-depth interviews and focus group interviews with different population segments (e.g. Latinx, low-income) along the north coast and non-profit organizations that serve them. Participants will be asked to visualize how public policy actions increase hazard resilience such as building retrofits or changes in zoning and land use, among others, might impact their ability to live, work, and access needed resources in their community. The results of these interviews will allow Envision to more fully understand and model the ramifications of specific policy actions for community residents. Moreover, this data will detail the many factors to consider when creating equitable policy solutions for hazard mitigation and resilience and serve as an important resource to local, regional, and state decision-makers.
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