Daniel McLaughlin Featured on WVTF: How Forests Help Mitigate Flooding

Photo from WVTF. From left: Brian van Eerden, The Nature Conservancy, director Virginia Pineland Program; Daniel McLaughlin, lead project scientist and assistant professor from Virginia Tech; Virginia Beach Councilwoman Barbara Henley.

The Water Center’s Daniel McLaughlin was featured on WVTF Virginia Public Radio in a report about how Virginia Beach is looking at forests as one solution to help mitigate flooding.  The report, “How Forests Help Mitigate Flooding,” is by Pamela D’Angelo at WVTF: Listen and read more HERE.  McLaughlin and Virginia Tech are “being brought in to study Virginia Beach and to locate forests and lands that work the hardest to reduce the risk and severity of flooding. The goal is to produce a tool that will help city officials identify best locations for reforestation and conserve forests that already sop up water.”

Daniel McLaughlin is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. His research broadly focuses on informing water resource management through a better understanding of biotic and abiotic drivers of ecosystem function. Specific research and teaching interests include forest ecohydrology, wetland and stream processes, emerging environmental sensors, watershed and landscape hydrology, and biogeomorphology.

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