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August 25, 1998
The following University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill experts can
discuss the threat Hurricane Bonnie poses to the Tar Heel coast:
- David R. Godschalk, professor, department of city and regional planning.
Godschalk wrote "Catastrophic Coastal Storms: Hazard Mitigation and Development
Management," a 1989 book that addresses building on the coast to minimize
damage and danger posed by hurricanes, recovering from disaster, and future
planning issues. Besides hurricanes, the book looks at Nor'easters, flooding
and erosion. The author analyzes local, state and federal programs, as well
as policies aimed at reducing coastal storm damage. Call Godschalk at (919)
962-5012 (o); (919) 929-5013.
- Richard A. Luettich Jr., assistant professor, Institute of Marine
Sciences in Morehead City. Luettich has developed a three-dimensional computer
model charting water and sediment movement to predict where and when storms
like Hurricane Emily will cause flooding. Plans call for the U.S. Weather
Service to use the model to help advise N.C. coastal residents about when
to evacuate, reducing the potential for loss of life and property during hurricanes
or other storms. Call Luettich at (919) 247-6435 (h) or (919) 726-6841 (w).
- David W. Owens, associate professor, Institute of Government. Before
coming to UNC-CH in 1989, Owens was director of the N.C. Division of Coastal
Management, which implemented the Coastal Area Management Act. The measure,
enacted by the General Assembly in 1974, regulates development and hazardous
areas along the coast, provides for land-use planning and protects natural
areas. Owens says the legislation has implications for ocean-front setbacks,
construction standards, and pre- or post-storm planning. Owens, a land-use
regulation expert, teaches a course on coastal management in the city and
regional planning department. His numbers: (919) 966-4208 (o) and 933-2291
- Dr. Philip Berke, associate professor of city and regional planning
at UNC-CH. Berke is an expert on violent weather. He is co-author of the book,
After the Hurricane. He specializes in hazard planning and hurricane preparedness.
His numbers: (919) 962-4765 (o) and (919) 968-4842 (h).
Contact: News Services, (919) 962-2091.