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The objective of this project is to complete a case study to document the longterm human impacts from the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and to characterize the qualities of the Cordova community that have shaped the vulnerability and resilience of the community to the stresses associated with the spill and the response activities.
This case study is intended to supplement a larger research project whose purpose is to design a process to help Area Committee planners anticipate and plan for the socially disruptive impacts, or "human dimensions," of spills (more information). This will be a procedure in which planners and other stakeholders are led through a systematic exploration of the possible human impacts.
The Cordova Case Study is meant to inform this effort. We will mine the existing literature on the Exxon Valdez spill and will visit the Cordova community in Fall 2009 to interview community leaders in order to learn about the particular qualities of the communities around the Sound that shape their vulnerability and resilience to the stresses of the spill and its response activities.
There is no background information available for this project at this time.