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Resilient Communities and Economies

Sea Grant is involved in every aspect of climate resilience planning and implementation, from start to finish. In this interactive story map, tour some of Sea Grant's latest projects and on-going efforts with partners to sustain diverse and vibrant coastal economies.

 

Community Resilience from Start to Finish


Sea Grant researchers and outreach specialists support cutting-edge research in the areas of coastal processes, hazards, energy sources, climate change, storm water management and tourism. Communities seek Sea Grant expertise to support and sustain diverse and vibrant coastal economies.

 

Hot Topic: Coastal Tourism   Hot Topic: Blue Carbon 

Hot Topic: Coastal Hazards Preparedness


 

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Detour signs direct traffic as roads begin to flood in Poquoson, Virginia in September 2020. Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant.


Community Resilience (pdf, fall 2020)
Sustainable Development (pdf)
Coastal Tourism (pdf)
Water Resources (pdf)
Partnership with NOAA's National Weather Service (pdf)
Climate Community of Practice in the Gulf of Mexico
Climate Community of Practice in the South Atlantic

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN RESILIENCE RESULTED IN*

5648

TRAINING WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE

227

COMMUNITIES IMPROVE HAZARD RESILIENCE

684

COMMUNITIES ADOPT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

25

SEA GRANT PROGRAMS ARE WEATHER-READY AMBASSADORS

*Metrics reported in Summer 2022 for work conducted February 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

Resilience Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts in Resilience


Karen Bareford, Ph.D.

Sea Grant Water Resources Lead, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium - Karen leads a two-year project to develop a roadmap for Sea Grant water resources initiatives and improve communication and coordination on water resources efforts within the network and among key partners. Karen assesses priorities for Sea Grant's work, determining needs and potential partnerships, as it relates to addressing flooding, drought, water quality and other water-related issues. This work will assist in planning for and protecting citizens, water resources, property, and the long-term sustainability of public health, the economy, and daily lives.


“I see this project as a unique opportunity to strategically drive future collaborations among Sea Grant programs and key partners for water resources-related efforts.”

Davin Holen, Ph.D.

Program Leader, Coastal Community Resilience Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant -Davin provides expertise, research, and extension services that enhance the culture and well-being of coastal communities across Alaska. Davin works collaboratively with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (NOAA/RISA program) at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, and as a Sea Grant liaison is supported by and draws on resources from NOAA and the National Sea Grant program.


"I provide data and decision support tools for communities to make informed decisions about mitigating impacts from changes that are occurring rapidly in Alaska and plan communities that are resilient for future generations."

Lisa Wise

Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Sea Grant - Lisa develops programs for coastal communities in New Hampshire focused on ways to adapt to a changing climate.


"The most rewarding thing for me so far has been meeting with people face-to-face, hearing their challenges, and helping connect them to Sea Grant or partner organization resources."

Resilience Stories and News

Sea Grant and U.S. Coastal Research Program invest in strengthening resilient coastal communities

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Sea Grant and U.S. Coastal Research Program invest in strengthening resilient coastal communities

Through a joint competition with the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP), ten new projects were selected for a total of $3.9 million in funding to translate research into application for communities. Additionally, Sea Grant programs across the nation received an additional total of $4.2 million in NOAA Sea Grant funds to increase local capacity, engagement, research, and implementation for addressing resilience challenges. 

Sea Grant advances investigation of contaminants of emerging concern

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Sea Grant advances investigation of contaminants of emerging concern

Contaminants of emerging concern, like pharmaceuticals, cleaning products and microfibers, pose risks to the Nation’s drinking waters and aquatic life, but they are often excluded from monitoring programs and published water quality standards. Two new projects recently funded by Sea Grant aim to enhance research and monitoring efforts for this class of chemicals and materials while strengthening strategies to reduce their presence in aquatic environments.
 

Community climate planning projects underway in 4 Connecticut cities

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Community climate planning projects underway in 4 Connecticut cities

Four Connecticut cities have joined a pilot project to boost community participation in climate change planning. Community activities in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Norwich are being led by Connecticut Sea Grant with support from NOAA, and will focus on climate risk communication and planning for community resilience.

Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention

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Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention

Sea Grant announces $19 million in federal funding opportunities to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. These opportunities are a component of nearly $3 billion in targeted investments for NOAA in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience and weather forecasting infrastructure through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
 

NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects

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NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects

Hurricanes. Flood events. Oil spills. When disaster strikes, communities come together to respond. NOAA Sea Grant and NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program are partnering to help communities respond to and recover from these occurrences through three projects that strengthen local preparedness measures.
 

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