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Coastal Hazards and Resiliency Theme

Why Coastal Hazards and Resilency Research?

Improving understanding of several significant coastal hazards is more crucial now than ever before. Coastal populations have grown exponentially over the past 30 years. In addition, the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most economically critical ecosystems in the Nation. Coastal hazards and public health and safety are major concerns to agencies responsible for the public good of coastal regions. Weather and ocean phenomena considered in the context of anthropogenic factors pose considerable resource sustainability, financial and safety threats to the Gulf coast region.

Research Goals

  1. Forecasting and valuing catastrophic natural events to coastal communities
  2. Assessment of localized hypoxia in shelf waters
  3. Address issues of oceans and public health
  4. Economic assessment of coastal hazards

How We're Doing It

Several academic and research units explore the susceptibility of the Northern Gulf of Mexico to changes and risks of living and working in the coastal zone from cyclones, contaminants, climate change, and water resource issues. Innovative research in risk analysis and management, policy development, economic and community development, and natural resource economics is an important strength of NGI partners. A variety of research and academic units focused on coastal science and engineering and new approaches in dynamically developed system analysis enables integration of ecosystem restoration programs in concert with naturally occurring coastal disturbances.