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Planning professor developing resources to help small Gulf Coast communities deal with growing natural hazards 

As many small Gulf Coast towns lack urban planning resources to grapple with the growing hazards brought by climate change, Texas A&M urban planning associate professor Andrew Rumbach is studying the development of climate change-related planning tools tailored to help these towns.

Rumbach is developing these tools specifically to include people of color and low-income communities. 

His study is funded by a $300K grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Rumbach’s project is one of 11 new studies supporting health equity and community resilience funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies. 

“These grants are focused on building capacity among professionals who serve communities and supporting the next generation of leaders in the Gulf,” said Dan Burger, senior program manager of the program’s Gulf Health and Resilience Board. “The funded projects all reflect our commitment to addressing complex issues and advancing health and resilience at the local level through science and partnerships.”

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