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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 June 2019 for work conducted February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

Resilience Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts in Resilience


Karen Bareford, Ph.D.

National Water Extension Liaison , Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant - Karen facilitates the delivery of resources that will allow communities and organizations to accurately and efficiently make vital short- and long-term planning decisions regarding the safety and security of their citizens and water resources. These resources assist individuals, governmental entities, emergency response personnel, resource managers, and businesses to plan for and protect citizens, water resources, property, and the long-term sustainability of public health, the economy, and daily lives.


“I work to enable access to NOAA data in formats that people can, and will, utilize to make more informed decisions at the individual and community levels.”

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

Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts

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Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate studies on climate-induced population shifts

Georgia Sea Grant, in partnership with 12 other Sea Grant programs, was awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study human displacement and relocation caused by climate change, and the societal and economic implications of such population shifts.

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.

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