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NOAA Sea Grant Coastal Storms Program

Fostering Community Resilience to Coastal Hazards

The Coastal Storms Program (CSP) is a nationwide effort currently focusing funds and resources in the U.S. Pacific Island coastal communities to help reduce and mitigate the risk from coastal storm and weather hazards and climate change. The CSP has a history of providing an array of tools, products, and services, which have included improved observing systems, forecast models, decision support tools, assessments, community best practices and guidance, socioeconomic information, training, and outreach/extension activities to enhance community resilience. Interagency and organization project partnerships with regional application are supported by the CSP. Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands include low-lying atolls and islands that are especially vulnerable to coastal storms and climate-based hazards. The Coastal Storm Program provides outreach and coordination support to Hawai‘i and the U.S. Pacific Islands region by examining the processes and conditions that create and maintain hazard risks (vulnerability assessment) and by identifying technological and socio-economic strategies and solutions to reduce individual and community vulnerability through measures that improve adaptation/mitigation and community resilience. A high priority for Hawai‘i and the region is increased institutional capacity and training of existing partners and trainers (e.g., “train the trainers”) in hazard mitigation and community resilience. A primary goal of the Coastal Storms Program is to facilitate and enhance diverse communication, awareness, and understanding of coastal hazard risks and community resilience.

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) is hosting the NOAA Coastal Storms Program in the Pacific Islands region. Based out of the University of Hawai‘i in Honolulu, the Coastal Storms Program complements UH Sea Grant’s strong background in coastal hazards and extension efforts in the Pacific region.



2013-2015 CSP Small Grants
have been awarded!

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