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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*

1335

TRAINING WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE RESILIENCE

285

COMMUNITIES IMPROVE HAZARD RESILIENCE

584

COMMUNITIES ADOPT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

25

SEA GRANT PROGRAMS ARE WEATHER-READY AMBASSADORS

*Metrics reported in Summer 2021 for work conducted February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

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

Increasing local resilience to climate effects with Renee Collini

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Increasing local resilience to climate effects with Renee Collini

In honor of Women’s History Month, get to know one of the many Women of Sea Grant, Renee Collini. Renee is a Coastal Climate Resilience Specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Florida Sea Grant and Mississippi State University.

Connecticut Sea Grant partners with Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program to help local leaders navigate climate change questions

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Connecticut Sea Grant partners with Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program to help local leaders navigate climate change questions

Questions poured in by the dozen after the morning session of the 2015 Adapt CT legal workshop—six pages worth, in fact. The workshop was part of a series on climate adaptation hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant and the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, known as CLEAR, through their joint organization Adapt CT. Legal issues had starkly emerged as another area being reshaped by the broad sweep of the changing climate, as effects are felt across fisheries, agriculture, health, infrastructure, wildlife and economies.

Bareford named national Sea Grant Water Resources Lead

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Bareford named national Sea Grant Water Resources Lead

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has announced a new two-year project that will 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 Bareford, of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and The University of Alabama’s Alabama Water Institute, will serve as the Sea Grant Water Resources Lead.

Sea Grant announces three initiatives to protect freshwater resources and improve Great Lakes resilience

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Sea Grant announces three initiatives to protect freshwater resources and improve Great Lakes resilience

Sea Grant announced three initiatives today, all of which focus on freshwater systems and management. Projects include examining contaminants of emerging concern along the East Coast, mitigating pollution resulting from runoff in the mid-Atlantic, and managing stormwater to reduce flooding in the Great Lakes. 

NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

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NOAA Sea Grant Liaisons address critical research areas across federal agencies

NOAA Sea Grant, in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey, announces six new partnership positions. The Sea Grant Federal Partnership Liaisons will integrate Sea Grant extension expertise with science, products and services from NOAA labs and other publicly supported scientific research programs. These jointly-funded positions expand on a key component of Sea Grant’s work, extending science to end users and doing so through collaborative partnerships.
 

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