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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

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN RESILIENCE RESULTED IN*

1043

TRAINING WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE

269

COMMUNITIES IMPROVE HAZARD RESILIENCE

999

COMMUNITIES ADOPT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

24

SEA GRANT PROGRAMS ARE WEATHER-READY AMBASSADORS

*Metrics reported in July 2019 for work conducted February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

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 awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

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Sea Grant awards $2 million to advance understanding of American lobster, support industry

Sea Grant is funding new research aimed at understanding physical and chemical changes affecting American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the Gulf of Maine as well as a regional lobster extension program. 

NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

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NOAA, partners release harmful algal bloom forecast for western Lake Erie

A large summer bloom is predicted

The Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Seasonal Forecast, produced by NOAA and released with Ohio Sea Grant, gives coastal managers, lake users, and drinking water facility operators a general sense of the potential severity of the upcoming bloom season. NOAA is forecasting a large bloom for 2019, with a severity index greater than 7. The index is based on the bloom’s biomass – the amount of harmful or toxic algae – over a sustained period.  Last year’s bloom had a severity of 3.6 and the 2017 bloom had a severity of 8.

In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

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In Puerto Rico, investing in lifeguards keeps beaches safe and sustains coastal tourism

Since the 1960s, surfers from the United States have been going to Rincón, Puerto Rico to catch the best waves of the winter season. The trend has been so consistent that the town has slowly built its economy along its approximate eight miles of beautiful coastline, now famous with tourists. Yet, as the surfing community continues to swell, the beaches get crowded, and the same waves that keep the local economy afloat also put tourists and locals at risk of losing their lives.

Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems

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Hurricane Preparedness: Building Resilient Homes, Plans, and Effective Warning Systems

How do people prepare for hurricanes before the season begins? When a hurricane is looming, how do people receive warning, decide to take action, and prepare for the storm? As part of the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, Sea Grant programs have been highlighting their work that aims to answer these questions. Resources developed by Sea Grant and partners can help communities and individuals prepare for storms well before hurricane season even approaches as well as when a storm is approaching.

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

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Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

Scientist Carrie Garrison-Laney, a coastal hazards specialist for Washington Sea Grant and liason to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, pieces together stories of past tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest. Understanding the destruction caused by past tsunamis can prepare vulnerable coastal communities for future events. 

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