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Experience of Place and Catastrophic Landscape Change

Natural and human-induce landscape disturbance is commonly experienced as a loss of place . Project social scientist Daniel R. Williams is currently investigating how people experience and cope with sudden landscape changes associated with catastrophic disturbances including wildfires (Social and Community Impacts of Wildfire) and windstorms. He and retired Project scientist George Peterson examined the problem of Assessing Environmental Damage resulting from the Exxon-Valdez oil spill as problem of valuing cultural losses among native Alaskans. Work examining the impact of long-term social changes on place meanings and experiences can be found under other Selected Projects including Place, Globalization and Landscape Change and Amenity Migration and Recreational (Second) Homes.

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