Hawaii & Alaska
Chris Maio, Daily News Miner

Helping Alaska villages turn the tide on disasters

FAIRBANKS - Alaska villages facing coastal disasters may be able to use new erosion-monitoring tools as part of their decision-making arsenal, thanks to a pilot study led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Lead author Chris Maio, an assistant professor of coastal geography at the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics, reported the findings at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in December in Washington, D.C.

The Stakes for Stakeholders study began three years ago, when it was becoming clear that many Alaska villages were not equipped to accurately document the destruction resulting from storms and other environmental events.

One such situation occurred in 2013. After several villages were so damaged by a series of severe storms that a federal presidential disaster declaration was issued, the village of Newtok and 15 others applied for disaster recovery funding.

None met the criteria to receive aid.

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