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GLIN==> Upcoming Seminar

Dr. Sabina Shaikh from the University of Chicago will be giving a talk on Friday, February 24 as a part of the NOAA/ University of Michigan Great Lakes and Human Health Seminar Series.
Please find details of her talk listed below.

Speaker: Dr. Sabina Shaikh, University of Chicago
Title: "A day at the beach: priceless?"

Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
              2205 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor

Using the results from a survey of 1500 Chicago beach goers in the summer of 2004, this study provides information on beach use, including a description of visitors and their preferences for beach and lake front amenities.

An economic model of the demand for beach trips is used to calculate of the value of spending a day at the beach, the seasonal value for Chicago beaches, and the lost value associated with swim bans. Additionally, non-market valuation is employed to compute beach goers willingness to pay to reduce swim bans by 50 percent.

The estimated per-person value of a day at the beach is $35, which is higher than estimates for other beaches in the U.S. the value for a day at a Lake Erie beach. The total seasonal value for beach goers in 2004 is just over $800 million, and over $1 billion in other years with higher attendance.

The lost value to individuals who would not visit the beach in the case of a swim ban totals over $17 million for the season, and is likely much higher since additional sources of lost value exist.

A comparison of valuation techniques shows the various sources of value for Chicago beaches, including use value from swimming, non-use value from knowing the beaches and water are clean, and the values associated with preserving the beaches for future generations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at kanika.suri@noaa.gov; or call 734-741-2147. Also, if you are interested in going out for lunch with Dr. Shaikh after her talk, please RSVP by Thursday, February 23.

For more information about the seminar series, please visit our website at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/news/seminars/


Kanika Suri
Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH)
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI

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