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SRL at the American Association of Geographers

Superstorm Research Lab will be presenting work at the American Association of Geographers conference in Tampa April 8-12, 2014.

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The cost of risk: the post-Sandy realities of flood insurance

The Biggert-Waters bill addresses the problems of the National Flood Insurance Program in the abstract, but it doesn’t address the problems that actually manifested on the ground when the NFIP went into action. Entrenched inequality, the glacial pace of disbursement, the difficulty of navigating the bureaucratic ocean - these problems were enough to sink families after the storm - if they were eligible for flood insurance in the first place. So what is the point of having the NFIP anyway, when so much of it is apparently broken?

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The Brian Lehrer Show: After Sandy: The Seminar

SRL member Liz Koslov talks about the proposed government buyouts on Staten Island, where many residents want to move rather than rebuild their homes. This research is part of her ongoing work on the politics of urban managed retreat following disasters. Liz began studying Staten Island this past semester for an NYU sociology class on cities and climate change, and is joined on the Brian Lehrer Show by professor Eric Klinenberg and doctoral student Jacob Faber, who explains his work on the uneven geography of Sandy’s impact, in terms of flooding, access to public transit and problems with electricity and sewage.