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December 2016

CRC hosts 7th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium

On Nov. 14-15, the Coastal Resilience Center hosted the 7th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium, which brought together representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS Centers of Excellence, and academics and practitioners from around the country to discuss topics on the intersection of maritime and coastal resilience. To read a recap, see presentations and more, visit our blog post on the Symposium!

Seen above: Dr. Robert Twilley, a Principal Investigator from Louisiana State University, presents on his project during the "Enhancing Resilience of Coastal & Maritime Systems – Port Resilience" session.

CRC wins award from HPCWire

The CRC, along with partners at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and Institute of Marine Sciences (both at UNC-Chapel Hill), has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis in November.
The collaboration won Editors’ Choice: Best Use of High-Performance Data Analytics, based on the partnership’s work on ADCIRC, which is used to model storm surge. The partnership is the focus of an HPCwire article published in October, “RENCI/Dell Supercomputer Charts Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge.” 
To learn more about the award, see the article on our website.

Center taking part in White House resilient design effort

The CRC is taking part in a new federal action as part of the Obama administration’s recognition of the role of resilient design education. The action, which includes a literature review and landscape survey by the Center, will examine the established state-of-the-art in the science and education of resilient design.
Read more on our website.

Featured project: Implementing Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool
Dr. Jennifer Horney believes that the quality of disaster recovery can be markedly improved with a well-designed, comprehensive and holistic pre-disaster recovery plan. Dr. Horney, of Texas A&M University, is the Principal Investigator on the Coastal Resilience Center project “Implementing the Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool.”

The Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool is an online database of metrics that can be used by states and communities to  track the progress and quality of post-disaster recovery. The Tool, at, uses baseline metrics for a community and allows for updates during the post-disaster period to provide context for changes over time. 

To learn more about the tools that are needed to measure recovery at the local, regional and state level, read a profile of the project on our website.
Researchers continue work on post-Matthew impacts

Since Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeastern U.S. in early October, Coastal Resilience Center researchers have been working with affected states and communities to better withstand the next storm.

Our leadership and researchers are working with emergency managers, federal climate offices, health human services organizations and elected officials on long-term recovery and preparing for the next storm.

To read a full synopsis of our latest work, visit

For an update on Center work related to Hurricane Matthew recovery, previous articles and links, visit our Hurricane Matthew page.
CRC partnering with regional recovery group

The CRC has joined a regional government partnership to aid the disaster recovery process in the Southeastern United States.
The Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership, which is run by the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), was formed as the result of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to strengthen resilience and recovery in coastal communities. The CRC is an advisory committee partner in the effort, which includes groups from emergency management, economics and coastal hazards.
Read more about the project on our website.

Check out our blog

Our blog, Coastal Resilience, launched in October! It includes project updates and stories from researchers and students, recaps of the stories we share on our website and social media and more. 
Opportunities, media on our website

We continue to post jobs, internships and funding opportunities on our website. Check back regularly for new information.

Are you interested in seeing CRC researchers discuss their projects? See our YouTube channel.
Want to see photos from events? Visit our Flickr account.
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