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The CCSLRI started the development of a proposal for the establishment of a Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) at ODU in 2013. A preliminary draft was presented to ODU faculty engaged in the CCSLRI on November 19, 2013. Since then, a Writing Team (WT) developed a draft description of MARI, which is currently iterated with internal and external stakeholders. The plan was presented to ODU faculty on January 21, 2014, to external stakeholders on January 22, 2014, to the Board of Visitors on January 23, 2014, and to the Provost's council on February 9, 2014.

In the meantime, this process has led to the establishment of MARI. The MARI Writing Team is continuing to develop the original draft proposal into more specific plans for MARI.

If you have any comments on the draft plans or the process itself, please send these to Hans-Peter Plag at hpplag at

Writing Team

The Writing Team includes:

  • Hans-Peter Plag, CCSLRI (chair)
  • Muge Akpinar-Elci, Center for Global Health
  • Larry Atkinson, CCSLRI
  • David Basco, Coastal Engineering
  • Joshua Behr, VMASC
  • David Burdige, OEAS
  • Carol Considine, Engineering Technology
  • Matthew Hall, International Studies Programs
  • Ingo Heidbrink, Dept. of History
  • Meagan Jordan, Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration
  • John Klinck, OEAS/CCPO
  • George McLeod, Systems Lead Engineer
  • Michael McShane, Finance Department
  • Burton Saint John, Communication & Theatre Arts
  • Gary Schafran, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Elizabeth Smith, CCSLRI
  • Glen Sussman, Political Sciences and Geography
  • Cindy Tomovic, STEM Education & Professional Studies
  • Lindsay Usher, Human Movement Sciences
  • Wie Yusuf, Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration
  • Richard Zimmerman, OEAS


Writing Team meetings and other events:

  • 1st WT meeting: November 25, 2013
  • 2nd WT meeting: December 3, 2013
  • 3rd WT meeting: December 17, 2013
  • 4th WT meeting: January 24, 2014
  • 5th WT meeting: February 3, 2014
  • A Stakeholder Survey opened on February 26, 2014 and was open until March 21, 2014. The results of the survey are discussed here.

Draft Proposal

Lastest Version: V0.17 (February 12, 2015), (pdf)