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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.

 

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The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium helped Charleston, S.C. residents respond to record flooding in October 2015. Photo credit: Kyle Buck, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN RESILIENCE RESULTED IN*

1000

TRAINING WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE

300

COMMUNITIES IMPROVE HAZARD RESILIENCE

570

COMMUNITIES ADOPT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

19

SEA GRANT PROGRAMS ARE WEATHER-READY AMBASSADORS

*Metrics reported in July 2017 for work conducted February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Resilience Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts in Resilience


Jessica Whitehead, Ph.D.

Coastal Communities Hazards Adaptation Specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant - Jessica is co-creator of the Vulnerability, Consequences and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) process, which allows community leaders to diagram the relationships between environmental stresses, such as increased water level, and management concerns, such as flooding. Jessica has been honored by the American Meteorological Society as one of 34 emerging leaders in weather, water, and climate science.


“A strength I bring is my experience in helping citizens in the coastal Carolinas use information about weather and climate to make better decisions about their lives and livelihoods."

Stephanie Dohner

Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware - Stephanie's research is funded by Delaware Sea Grant. She uses autonomous robot technology, like aerial drones, to study coastal morphology and how extreme weather events like tropical storms and Nor'easters affect coastal change.


"Our data can help communities with their risk management plans, developing flood maps, and looking at potential infrastructure risks."

Lisa Graichen

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 shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

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Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms.

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

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Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.

USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

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USC Sea Grant publishes lessons learned from community engagement efforts

The Stakes are Rising: Lessons on Engaging Coastal Communities on Climate Adaptation in Southern California was published in the Cities and the Environment journal in November 2017

USC Sea Grant has worked with communities in southern California for over six years on climate adaptation planning. They analyzed their efforts and published the analysis in the Cities and the Environment Journal.

Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

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Sea Grant Helps Communities Navigate the Program for Public Information Process, Potential Discounts on Flood Insurance

Sea Grant programs in the Gulf of Mexico and Georgia help communities better understand how to create a Program for Public Information (PPI) and earn outreach points under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). Points earned through the CRS help improve a community's rating and can lead to discounted flood insurance premiums.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

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UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Prepare Communities for Hurricanes

University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is working with researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research to better understand how to communicate hurricane risks so that the public will take necessary precautions before a storm.

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