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
Year 1 Annual Report

CRC News/In the News:
UNC Research responds to Hurricane Mathew/Inside View
Hurricane Matthew Infographic
Building resilience capacity during hurricane season
CRC researchers working with Hurricane Matthew-affected communities
Let There be Floods!: Charlotte-Mecklenburg County looks to the future for floodplain management
Coastal Resilience Center researchers, partners aid in Hurricane Matthew preparation and recovery
UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate courses address research, practice
City planning should meet community needs, expert says
Fugate: Whole community is needed in emergency management
FEMA administrator: Government agencies don’t always plan for worst-case scenarios
FEMA‘s Craig Fugate to address future of emergency management Feb. 17

2016 Speakers Series
2017 Speakers Series

Curriculum Vitae

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