Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Planning, Development, and Preservation
Dr. Brooke Danielle Wortham-Galvin, Committee Chair
Dr. Barry Stiefel
A growing threat to historic and cultural resources across the nation is sea level rise, which continues to leave communities and cities in a panic as how to prepare for the influx of water. In Charleston, South Carolina, flooding is something residents are all too familiar with and the changing times bring an urgency to protect coveted treasures of this proudly preserved city. This thesis examined the impact of increased flooding from sea level rise on residential structures within Charleston’s historic region. To best understand how the city is adapting to sea level rise this study comparatively examined current flood mitigation options, specifically the use of building elevation, dry proofing, wet proofing, and floatation. This study then explored which methods could best benefit Charleston’s historic residences.
Inthavong, Diana D., "Come Hell or High Water: Flood Mitigation and Resilience in the Holy City" (2018). All Theses. 2848.