About Us

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (CHC) performs research and develops education programs to enhance the nation’s ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies from coastal hazards. DHS established the Center in 2008 in response to Hurricane Katrina. It is the only DHS Center of Excellence solely dedicated to the study of natural disasters.

Co-led by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Research Lead/CHC-R) and Jackson State University (Education Lead/CHC-E) in Jackson, Mississippi, CHC’s research and education programs advance the understanding of natural hazards and community resilience and transfer that knowledge into action, resulting in reduced loss of life or injury and lessened damages to the built and natural environment. View the fact sheet for the center here.