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The UPRM team, which includes (left to right) students Verónica Díaz-Pacheco, Frederick González-Román and project lead Dr. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos. Photo illustration by Frederick González-Román. Annual summer research team partnerships take place remotely

June 16, 2020

  The Coastal Resilience Center’s participation in the annual Summer Research Team program will continue for a fourth year this summer, but will be done remotely as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three research teams from Minority Serving Institutions … Continued

NCEM safety messaging Rebuilding their trust in what we say: Public information’s new frontier (blog post)

May 21, 2020

Public information is at the core of our public safety and natural disaster resilience work. It’s a reliable source we can turn to when outcomes are uncertain and emergency responses are ambiguous. But in a world where we’re constantly bombarded … Continued

UNC Research Professor helps communities build a more resilient future (blog post)

May 14, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Natural Hazards Resilience Speaker Series had a guest lecture from UNC’s very own Dr. Phil Berke. Dr. Berke is a leader in community resilience planning, and he has recently returned to UNC after teaching at … Continued

CRC Projects: Oregon State University/Colorado State University

May 12, 2020

Dr. Dan Cox of Oregon State University provides an update for the Coastal Resilience Center project, “Experimental and Numerical Study to Improve Damage and Loss Estimation Due to Overland Wave and Surge Hazards on Near-Coast Structures.” Dr. John van de … Continued

Army Corps speaker highlights coastal resilience projects across country (blog post)

May 7, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Natural Hazards Speaker Series was joined by J.B. Smith of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Smith is the Coastal Technical Expert for the Philadelphia District of the Corps. He spoke about the planning … Continued

American Planning Association adopts Scorecard tool developed by CRC researchers

May 4, 2020

  Past years have brought an increase in intense, landfalling hurricanes, loss of property from expansive wildfires and coastal flooding on days both rainy and sunny. These events have put greater emphasis on community resilience – and on making adjustments … Continued

Map of Norfolk flood risk Norfolk adopting resilience strategies in the face of rising seas (blog post)

April 28, 2020

On March 26, Paula Shea, an alum of UNC’s City and Regional Planning program, and Chief Planner for the city of Norfolk, Virginia, presented to our class about the resilience initiatives southeastern Virginia has undertaken. Shea kicked off the presentation, … Continued

Hazards modeling predicts flooding from coastal storms (blog post)

April 22, 2020

On March 5, Dr. Brian Blanton of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) discussed coastal hazard and risk assessment with our class. He showed us various models used for forecasting and prediction of future climate events while explaining “the trap of binary thinking” … Continued


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