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This year, the Coastal Hazards Center announced that Lea Sabbag will receive the DHS Career Development Grant for 2014. Sabbag graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 after studying Geology and Anthropology.  Sabbag will be working with CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith to research the role of the State in disaster […]

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CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith traveled to indonesia in June as part of a University of Hawaii delegation to participate in an educational program sponsored by USAID. The program focused on the delivery of information to local officials, university faculty and students. Dr. Smith gave presentations focusing on disaster recovery that were drawn from […]


On May 29, 2014, CHC student Yulian Kebede delivered a presentation for the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute. Kebede started out as a summer intern from Jackson State University, working in CHC PI Mo Gabr’s lab. When Kebede graduated from JSU, he came to NCSU for his masters, where he is currently working with Gabr again.

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CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith, in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Glavovic from Massey University in New Zealand, has recently completed the text, Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions will be supporting Dr. Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University, Alabama, and Dr. Hossain’s two mechanical engineering students: Ms. Felicia Horne (rising graduate student) and Mr. David Yarbrough (Junior), to undertake collaborative research with the DHS Coastal Hazards Center.

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Members of a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) from the American Planning Association visited Lyons, CO, in January to make initial plans for an assistance project. CPAT teams assist four or five communities around the country every year. Teams consist of a leader and a small team of subject matter experts who visit a town, meet with leaders, conduct community meetings, and assist them with a targeted issue.

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On April 28-29, 2014, The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) will be hosting the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in Charlotte, NC. Practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies will be in attendance to share information. The conference will serve as a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, […]

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On January 13th and 14th, the Coastal Hazards Center hosted the 6th Annual All-Hands Meeting in Chapel Hill. Over the course of the meeting, CHC Principle Investigators gave presentations that detailed the progress made to date on their research, including final products and endusers. The success is evident as many of the projects wind down after six […]

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On February 10th, CHC researcher Phil Berke demonstrated his latest technical tool at the First Responder Technology Demonstration sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate in Washington, DC.

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During the 6th Annual All-Hands Meeting of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence, the Keynote speaker Tom Wilbanks, presented on “Enhancing Resilience to Surprises in Coastal Hazard Management.” Wilbanks, a Corporate Research Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been active for over three decades in international and national energy and environmental research and policy analysis. During his presentation, Wilbanks discussed how in coastal hazard management, “the only surprise would be if there are no surprises.”

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