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CHC-Education Partners

Lead: Jackson State University *

  • Alcorn State University *
  • Johnson C. Smith University *
  • Louisiana State University
  • Tougaloo College *
  • Tulane University
  • University of Houston
  • Center for Defense Integrated Data
  • Northrop Grumman Center for High Performance Computing
  • Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

* Minority Serving Institutions

CHC-Research Partners

Lead: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Texas Southern University *
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • NOAA National Weather Service Severe Storms Laboratory
  • US Coast Guard
  • NC Division of Emergency Management

* Minority Serving Institutions

The following programs and centers are also involved in complementary research and educational initiatives:

  • ADCIRC: ADCIRC is a coastal circulation and storm surge model involved in much of the work of the Coastal Hazards Center. UNC’s Dr. Rick Luettich has been one of the principal developers of the ADCIRC model.
  • University Programs,¬†Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security supports a network of university programs to foster innovative research in academic institutions. One of the major initiatives of the University Programs Network is the DHS Centers of Excellence, which sponsors CHC.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, Duck, NC: The FRF is an internationally recognized coastal observatory on the coast of North Carolina. Instruments at the facility constantly record the changing waves, winds, tides, and currents.
  • Department of City and Regional Planning,¬†University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Researchers in DCRP are currently studying and assessing state hazard mitigation plans. Two Coastal Hazards Center researchers, Dr. Gavin P. Smith, Executive Director of the Coastal Hazards Center Research Lead, and Dr. Philip Berke, are working on this project through UNC DCRP and the Coastal Hazards Center.
  • Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Institute for the Environment helps connect the varied environmental research programs at UNC, encouraging interdisciplinary research, educational programming and engagement, and the creative study of environmental challenges.
  • PLAN!T NOW: PLAN!T NOW (P!N) is a disaster preparedness nonprofit devoted to helping communities worldwide understand strategies for surviving natural and man-made disasters.
  • FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program: FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Program works with colleges and universities and emergency managers to disseminate information related to hazard and disaster management to higher education institutions across the U.S. The program aims to develop future emergency managers through formal education and experiential education.
  • CLEAR:¬†The Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill addresses emerging environmental law issues, particularly serving as a leader on the laws related to climate change adaptation. The center helps inform policymakers, leaders, and practitioners about the circumstances brought about by environmental disruption and options for legal change given this disruption. It also provides a forum for educating the North Carolina and national legal and business communities about opportunities related to these changes.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA is the federal agency responsible for coordinating responses to disasters. FEMA works with state and local government to support disaster relief efforts.
  • Firewise, National Fire Protection Association: Firewise promotes fire safety in communities with a wealth of information and resources, along with formal courses and trainings in fire safety preparation.