Researchers at the Coastal Resilience Center, RENCI, and UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences are using and developing ADCIRC, a modeling tool that forecasts storm surge. Check out their work and follow the progress of Hurricane Joaquin at

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Smart Growth America recently held an online webinar to introduce their latest resource, Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies. Coastal Resilience Center Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith took part in the discussion at the event, along with Smart Growth America’s policy experts, national resilience scholars, and staff from other state disaster preparedness agencies.

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Couldn’t attend the DHS Virtual Showcase?
Learn how the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Centers of Excellence are advancing homeland security research and education on resilient communities – now online!

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With funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the Coastal Resilience Center, Principal Investigator David Salvesen studies the impact of buyouts on aggregate risks. His research was recently discussed in an article released by UNC Research.

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September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more about the Coastal Resilience Center initiatives, our research, and National Preparedness Month!

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Twitter Chat with DHS

  • September 4, 2015

On August 27th, CRC Director Dr. Gavin Smith worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to host a Twitter chat discussing the new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence and its initiatives. Read the highlights!


10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the city of New Orleans relies on the advice of experts regarding major coastal hazards and the ability of the levee system to protect the city.


A new 5-year $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will build upon the transformative work conducted by researchers and educators at the UNC Coastal Hazards Center.

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The University of Rhode Island’s DHS funded research, under the new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence grant, was recently featured on the NBC Affiliate local Channel 10 in Rhode Island. The research, led by Thomas Miller, is using modern technology to prepare for disasters that have in the past, and can in the future, cause economic […]

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This April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded UNC a $20 million dollar grant to initiate the new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, which which will build upon the mission of CHC. These goals include storm surge prediction through tools such as ADCIRC, planning and decision-making tools for individuals and governments, as well as […]

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