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October 2016

The Coastal Resilience Center's researchers are responding to the effects of Hurricane Matthew and are working on its 22 projects across the country. Read more below and at

CRC researchers involved in Hurricane Matthew preparation, response

Researchers at the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) worked with hurricane forecasters and emergency response officials to track Hurricane Matthew as it made its way through the Caribbean and up Florida to the Carolinas earlier this month. Using technology and tools being developed and improved through Center projects, they will continue to aid in the recovery process and in making improvements to track storm impacts in the future. Read more at!

Seen above: Hurricane Matthew damaged roadways in Florida. Image via FEMA.

Researchers ‘making waves’ in hurricane mitigation

A CRC project at Oregon State University and Colorado State University aims to improve the estimation of damage based on overland surge and wave forces that can be used in risk-based design methodologies. Learn about the project, and see photos and video, at

Researcher Mei publishes in Nature Geoscience

In an article published this summer in Nature Geoscience, CRC Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Wei Mei shows that Asian typhoon intensity increased over nearly 40 years. Dr. Mei is lead author on the article, “Intensification of landfalling typhoons over the northwest Pacific since the late 1970s,” which is available online.

Center blog features student,
PI stories

The Coastal Resilience Center recently launched a blog, aptly named Coastal Resilience Blog. The blog contains news and perspectives from our researchers and directors; stories from CRC students; and occasional collections of good reading, job opportunities and other assorted items related to the Center’s focus areas. The blog kicks off with a story about students learning from the city of Charlotte, N.C.’s experience with flood plain management.

Students reflect on summer internships, experiences
This past summer, seven students from CRC education partners interned with research project PIs, giving students an invaluable educational experience while helping toward our research goals. Read about those and other summer student experiences in News, and find out more about our great students in their own words!
Coastal Resilience Center co-PI wins teaching award:
Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence co-Principal Investigator Dr. Mo Gabr, of N.C. State University, won the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Outstanding Teaching Award.

According to the award announcement, Dr. Gabr "has made exceptional contributions to the Civil Engineering education through the development and offering of new courses, leading the department effort for the 2010 ABET accreditation, and performing NSF-supported projects for the improvement of laboratory experiences for distance education students and the introduction of sensors into the undergraduate curriculum.”
CRC hosting Maritime Risk Symposium
The Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, in collaboration with USCG, will host the 7th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium on Nov. 14-15, 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Joseph DiRenzo, Director of Research Partnerships at the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center and CRC Special Advisory Board Liaison to the USCG, and Rick Luettich, Lead PI of the CRC, serve as Symposium Co-Chairs.

Invited keynote speakers include: U.S. Congressman David Price (D-NC); Dr. Stephen Flynn, Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University; and Devon Streit, Deputy Asst. Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy.
Look for a report on Symposium discussions in our next newsletter!
Opportunities in the coastal resilience field

We continue to post jobs, internships and funding opportunities on our website. Check back regularly for new information.
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In our next edition, learn about new partnerships, faculty fellows and more on Center projects.
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