Dr. Gavin Smith

Dr. Gavin SmithUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project: Expanding Coastal Resilience Education at UNC

Other Education Participants/Partners: UNC Departments of Marine Sciences, City and Regional Planning, Geological Sciences, Law School, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, Center for Public Service

Project Description: UNC will significantly expand its capabilities in Coastal Resilience developing a graduate certificate program in Natural Hazards Resilience and by hiring a tenure track faculty member (trained in physical science and/or engineering) in the area of Coastal Natural Hazards and Climate Science. The Certificate program, which will start in the Fall of 2015, focuses on the nexus between the physical science underlying natural hazards phenomena and the policies, programs, and plans needed to help societies manage their effects and increase resilience. The faculty position will initially be 2/3 funded by UNC and 1/3 by the CRC. At the end of the CRC’s fifth year, the faculty position will become fully funded by UNC to provide a long-term programmatic contribution to the Homeland Security enterprise.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Hazard mitigation, planning for post-disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation. Translational activities include advising international, federal, state and local governments on a number of issues including the linkage between sustainable development and risk reduction, pre- and post-disaster policymaking, and improving the nexus between disaster management initiatives and emerging climate change adaptation measures.

Presentations and Reports:
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
2018 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News:
CRC certificate students host resilience symposium
FEMA Administrator to speak at UNC as part of CRC speakers series
Princeville residents guide plan for future of town
Design teams develop options for Princeville
Initiative addresses community needs post-Matthew
Coastal Resilience Center to lead post-Matthew disaster recovery efforts
CRC researchers working with Hurricane Matthew-affected communities
Coastal Resilience Center researchers, partners aid in Hurricane Matthew preparation and recovery
UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate courses address research, practice
Fugate: Whole community is needed in emergency management
FEMA‘s Craig Fugate to address future of emergency management Feb. 17

2016 Speakers Series
2017 Speakers Series
2018 Speakers Series

In the News (selected):
Charlotte Talks: ‘Near-Normal’ hurricane season forecast 
Responding to community needs: Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in eastern North Carolina
Seeking refuge in Houston by BBC World Service
In the wake of Harvey and Irma, how money moves through government and into disaster aid relief
After shelters, some Harvey victims will move to vacant Houston apartments
A Storm Forces Houston, the Limitless City, to Consider Its Limits
Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey
Carolina Planning Journal, Volume 42: Re:(Anything)
Hurricanes’ impact on health
Some N.C. towns struggle to survive a year after Matthew
After two floods, historic African-American town could move to higher ground
Saving Princeville
Hurricane Matthew Infographic

Building resilience capacity during hurricane season
Let There be Floods!: Charlotte-Mecklenburg County looks to the future for floodplain management
City planning should meet community needs, expert says
FEMA administrator: Government agencies don’t always plan for worst-case scenarios


Contact Information:
Email: gavin_smith@unc.edu
Telephone: (919) 431-5289