Anamaria Bukvic

Assistant Professor


·     Coastal hazards, adaptation, and resilience

·     Population displacement and relocation

·     Impacts of natural hazards and disasters on older adults

·     Flood risk management, vulnerability assessment, and scenario planning

As a human geographer and interdisciplinary scholar, my research efforts are inherently collaborative and multidimensional—revolving around climate change adaptation, coastal risks and resilience, and relocation—all highly complex and multilayered issues that call for an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. I am further interested in whether relocation can serve as a viable adaptation strategy and solution to sea-level rise in coastal communities, as well as what opportunities could emerge from this process. My early projects evaluate the use of relocation rhetoric in climate change adaptation documents and introduce new decision-support tools to inform relocation planning (e.g., the Coastal Relocation Leaf, the Relocation Suitability Index (RSI), & the Relocation Potential Assessment for Coastal Communities (RPACC)). More recently, I conducted two post-hurricane Sandy household surveys on willingness to consider relocation as a response strategy and personal interviews with coastal stakeholders in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and on the Eastern Shore in Maryland on barriers and opportunities for adaptation. My current projects are focused on older population living in flood-prone coastal areas, meta-analysis of vulnerability studies, and impacts of migration movement on the community resilience. I also serve as co-lead of the Coastal@VT interdisciplinary research initiative at Virginia Tech and affiliate faculty in the Global Change Center and the Gerontology Center, also at Virginia Tech.  I also serve as a co-lead of the Coastal@VT interdisciplinary research initiative and the affiliate faculty at the Global Change Center, the Gerontology Center, and the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, all at Virginia Tech.

Courses Recently Taught:

·     Climate Change & Societal Impacts (GEOG 4984/5984)

·     Global Issues in Natural Resources (NR5114)

·     Environmental Policy & Planning (UAP 3354)

·     Environmental Policy Seminar (UAP 4364)

·     Pollution Control Policy & Planning (UAP 4384/5064)

Recent Publications:

Bukvic, A. & Harrald, J. (2018). Rural versus urban perspective on coastal flooding: the insights from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic communities. Climate Risk Management (in press). DOI:10.1016/j.crm.2018.10.004

Bukvic, A., Gohlke J., Borate, A., Suggs, J. (2018). The health and wellbeing risk to older residents residing in flood-prone coastal communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Special Issue: Extreme Weather Events and Health, 15(12), 2900, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15122900

Bukvic, A. & Harrald, J. (2018). Rural versus urban perspective on coastal flooding: the insights from the U.S. Mid Atlantic communities. Climate Risk Management (under revisions).

Bukvic, A., Zhu, H., Lavoie R., & Becker, A. (2018). The role of proximity to waterfront in residents' relocation decision-making post-Hurricane Sandy. Ocean and Coastal Management, 154: 8-19, DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.01.002

Bukvic, A. (2017). Towards the Sustainable Climate Change Population Movement: the Relocation Suitability Index. Climate and Development, 10(4), 307-320. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2017.1291407

Bukvic, A. & Owen, G. (2016). Attitudes towards relocation following Hurricane Sandy: should we stay or should we go? Disasters, 41:1. DOI: 10.1111/disa.12186

Bukvic, A. (2015). Identifying Gaps and Inconsistencies in the Use of Relocation Rhetoric: A Prerequisite for Sound Relocation Policy and Planning. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 20(7), pp. 1203-1209, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9532-5

Bukvic, A., Smith, A., & Zhang, A. (2015). Evaluating Drivers of Coastal Relocation in Hurricane Sandy Affected Communities. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, pp. 215-228, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.008

Bukvic, A. (2015). Integrated Framework for the Relocation Potential Assessment of Coastal Communities (RPACC): Application to Hurricane-Sandy Affected Areas. Environment, Systems, and Decisions, 35(2): pp. 264-278, DOI: 10.1007/s10669-015-9546-5

Recent Grants:

National Science Foundation

2016-2018. NSF CRISP Type 1/Collaborative Research. Human-Centered Computational Framework for Urban and Community Design of Resilient Coastal Cities.  Rhode-Barbarigos L. (PI), Zuo, W., Chao, S. (University of Miami) Saad, W., Bukvic, A. (Virginia Tech). $500,000.