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The Coastal Hazards Center-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking one or more highly motivated individuals who is interested in pursuing either an MS or a PhD degree with focus on coastal hazards modeling. Read more about the program.

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The second book edition of “Hazards Analysis: Reducing the Impact of Disasters” has recently been released. This edition “provides a structure and process for understanding the nature of natural and human-caused disasters.” The book was edited by CHC Advisory Board member John C. Pine, and includes several chapters by CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith. The book employs a cross-disciplinary approach to implement processes to reduce the impact of natural disasters and promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

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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 […]


This week, the National Research Council, chaired by CHC Director Rick Luettich, released a report titled Reducing Coastal Risks on the East and Gulf Coasts. The report calls for risk-reduction efforts that encompass all social, economic, and environmental aspects.

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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.


During their two-week stay at the CHC in Chapel Hill, the cadets worked alongside Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith to research and learn about coastal hazards, mitigation strategies, and disaster response. The students also had the opportunity to visit sites [...]

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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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