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NOAA Awards $3.4 million to Support Coastal Community Resilience

Published on: 11/08/2016
Research Area(s): Coastal Change
Primary Contact(s): david.kidwell@noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Scienceare awarding over $1.3million, with an anticipated total of $3.4million over the next four years, for research that will provide coastal managers with the science to plan for sea level rise and flooding, and improve the resilience of their communities. With increasing threats to our coasts, enhancing resilience to sea level rise and flooding has become a national priority. NOAA’s coastal resilience initiatives promote preparedness, response, and recovery to a variety of threats.

Coastal communities and the surrounding ecosystems are threatened by rising seas and flooding that alters shorelines, and can make people, homes and businesses more vulnerable to storms. Rising sea levels can also change how ecosystems work, especially when combined with inundation from tides and storms.

‘Natural features, like coastal wetlands, can provide substantial economic benefits to coastal communities by providing flood protection, critical habitat, and other services,’ said David Kidwell, NOAA’s program manager for these awards. ‘As these benefits are increasingly understood, communities can better evaluate risk reduction solutions for coastal protection beyond traditional hardened shorelines.’

Funding under NOAA’s Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program and Climate Vulnerability Initiative will support fivenew projects in California, Louisiana, and Virginia.

These awards contribute to a larger NOAA effort to provide science to inform decisions, conserve priority ecosystems, and advance the use of natural and nature-based infrastructure to mitigate the effects of coastal hazards. In 2015, NCCOS new awards ($3.5million over three years) supported coastal resilience research, modeling, and tool development in California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Hawaii.

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science deliver ecosystem science solutions for NOAA’s National Ocean Service and its partners, bringing research, scientific information and tools to help balance the nation’s ecological, social and economic goals.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our other social media channels.

For more information, contact David.Kidwell@noaa.gov.

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