NOAA Sea Grant awards $15.9 million for projects to build resilient coastal communities

Federal grants leverage $7.9 million nonfederal match, for total of $23.8 million

October 8, 2014

Sea Grant is supporting research at the Oregon State University's Molluscan Broodstock Laboratory pictured here to develop oysters that are more resilient to ocean acidification. (Photo: Pat Kight/Oregon Sea Grant).

Sea Grant is supporting research at the Oregon State University's Molluscan Broodstock Laboratory pictured here to develop oysters that are more resilient to ocean acidification. (Photo: Pat Kight/Oregon Sea Grant)

NOAA Sea Grant announced today grants totaling $15.9 million to support over 300 projects around the nation that help build resilient coastal communities and economies. Through university, state and other partnerships, Sea Grant Programs will supplement the federal funding with an additional $7.9 million in non-federal matching funds, bringing the total investment to more than $23.8 million.

“As more Americans depend on our nation’s coasts for cultural, economic, energy and recreational opportunities, ensuring the long-term vitality of coastal communities and economies is crucial,” said Leon Cammen, director of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. “These grants support research, planning and outreach projects that will help coastal communities be more resilient to a range of natural hazards, water quality challenges, severe weather, energy needs and the effects of climate change.”

Community leaders in Hyde County, North Carolina, use the Vulnerability, Consequences and Adaptation Planning tool supported by Sea Grant to assist coastal communities be better prepared for severe storms and other hazards. (Photo: Georgia Sea Grant)

Community leaders in Hyde County, North Carolina, use the Vulnerability, Consequences and Adaptation Planning tool supported by Sea Grant to assist coastal communities be better prepared for severe storms and other hazards. (Photo: Georgia Sea Grant)

The projects are part of a larger effort by President Obama's Administration to help reduce climate-related impacts on ocean, coastal and other resources and make our communities more resilient to climate change. To learn more, see the fact sheet released by the White House today on "Building community resilience by strengthening America's natural resources and supporting green infrastructure." 

Sea Grant’s network of over 400 extension specialists will broadly integrate the research findings from these projects to help make their local coastal communities more resilient.

The federal funding will support four main priorities to:

Delaware Sea Grant is supporting environmental and social science research designed to help communities that are involved in the review and development of offshore wind power. (Photo: Delaware Sea Grant)

Delaware Sea Grant is supporting environmental and social science research designed to help communities that are involved in the review and development of offshore wind power. (Photo: Delaware Sea Grant)

The full list of Sea Grant coastal resilience research and extension projects can be found here.

Sea Grant is a federal-private partnership of 33 programs based at top research universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. Sea Grant leverages federal, academic, and industry partners to support communities impacted by coastal hazards. Sea Grant continues to invest in high-priority coastal resiliency research and engage communities through its integrated outreach program, bringing together the collective expertise of on-the-ground extension agents, educators and communicators to support the development of resilient coastal communities.

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