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Using Undergraduate Engineers and Community Engagement to Build Resilient Coastal Communities

Using Undergraduate Engineers and Community Engagement to Build Resilient Coastal Communities

This project links the knowledge embedded in rural coastal communities (such as the Lake Mattamuskeet community) with the engineering expertise of undergraduate students to design solutions that build resilience and bolster the participation of marginalized communities in adaptation planning. Through the interdisciplinary efforts of engineers and social scientists, the objectives of this work are: (1) develop a framework where the research team engages community members and engineering students to advance a community-based design process focused on generating solutions to issues caused by sea level rise; (2) document local community members’ perceptions of the contributions of the framework to resiliency; and (3) assess how community interaction affects engineering student outcomes. This framework involves citizens in the identification of critical problems and potential solutions to best address community needs. The involvement of engineering students and community engagement techniques to advance engineering design tests a low-cost approach for resource-limited coastal communities that will promote community resilience.

Related Publications:

Etheridge, J.R., Manda, A.K., Grace-McCaskey, C.A., Allen, T., & Hao, H. (2020) Lessons learned from public participation in hydrologic engineering projects. Hydrological Sciences Journal 65(3):325-334. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1700420.

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Related Publications:

Manda, A. K., Etheridge, J. R., Grace‐McCaskey, C., Allen, T. R., & Howard, R.(2020) Are groundwater level data collected by citizen scientists trustworthy? A cautionary tale. Groundwater.

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Related Publications:

Grace-McCaskey, C.A., Iatarola, B., Manda, A.K., & Etheridge, J.R.(2019) Eco-ethnography and citizen science: Lessons from within. Society and Natural Resources 32(10):1123 – 1138.

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Related Publications:

Grace-McCaskey, C.A., Manda, A.K., Etheridge, J.R., & O’Neill, J.(2018) A citizen science approach to groundwater monitoring: The impacts of participation on knowledge and attitudes, and implications for management. In: Proceedings, Meeting of the 52nd Geoscience Information Society, 2017, v.47.

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Project:

Research Project 5

Category:

Cynthia Grace-McCaskey

Date:

June 5, 2015