Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Partner: Coastal States Organization.
Eleanor Rappolee is the 2020 NOAA Digital Coast Fellow working with the ASFPM'S Flood Science Center and the Coastal States Organization on the Mitigating Multiple Loss Properties project. A Michigan native, Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences, both from Michigan State University. Her interests lie at the intersection between natural hazards and policy, and therefore are reflected in her research experiences. Eleanor's graduate research focused on public perception of and response to flooding in Michigan, and how these two phenomena differ geographically. Eleanor worked at the U.S. Geological Survey researching changes in fluvial morphology due to increased flood frequency and magnitude in the Northeast. Now, at ASFPM, she is contributing her blend of skills and interests to build a repetitive loss guide for state and local floodplain managers. This work will include conducting intensive research on successes and obstacles that communities face in dealing with repetitive flood loss properties. Additionally, Eleanor will participate and lead different phases of the project such as developing a comprehensive survey for national distribution and interviews with community officials around the country. The research, survey and interview results will all support the development of training and education resources.