Hilary Stevens, CFM, is a geologist, environmental scientist and Certified Floodplain Manager with extensive experience in coastal resource management and a particular affinity for island communities. She serves as Senior Staff Scientist and Project Manager at Coastal Risk Consulting. Prior to joining CRC, she worked at the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, where she developed climate change adaptation programs for coastal communities in West Africa and Southeast Asia. She has also worked in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. She holds a Masters from Yale University and a BS from Wesleyan University.
Advances in technology have become crucial in assessing a homeowner’s true risk and loss prevention. Firms such as Coastal Risk Consulting use LIDAR (light detection and ranging) to model water inundation and storm surges and assess risk by location.