Thought Leadership

GEI’s Samuel Merrill Interviewed by NPR about Coastal Communities Threatened by Sea Level Rise

October 18, 2017

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GEI’s sea level rise expert, Samuel Merrill, was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) about coastal communities threatened by sea level rise and the options available to combat presumed devastation of these communities.

Listen to the interview –

About Sam Merrill:

Dr. Merrill has extensive experience with local community needs, managed landscapes, and sensitive natural resources, and is a recognized leader in next generation approaches to benefit-cost analysis for climate adaptation purposes. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 agency technical reports, and has received many awards for his work – including in 2000 a military medal for distinguished public service, the highest honorary award presented by to private citizens by the US Department of Defense; an Environmental Merit Award from the US EPA in 2014; and most recently a 2015 Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council. He has been the principal force behind development of the COAST approach to benefit-cost analysis for sea level rise and storm surge and its implementation in numerous coastal adaptation planning efforts. Dr. Merrill can be reached at or 207-797-8902.