Bowdoin Junior Hopes to Help Federal Government with Flood Mapping Project

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Angus Gorman ’18

True to his liberal arts background, junior Angus Gorman covers a lot of bases with his academic pursuits. He’s a computer science and classics major, but over the summer he’s been immersed—if that’s the right word—in the challenges of putting together a reliable coastal flood map. As a Rusack Coastal Studies Fellow,

Gorman said he has not been directly involved in the creation of maps themselves, “but in creating free, open-source software that makes maps.” It’s an important and timely subject, said Gorman, affecting a lot of ordinary people, including many here in Maine. In the wake of rising sea levels and climate change, federal agencies are currently in the process of remapping much of America’s coastline to recalculate flood insurance rates. Read more.

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