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Thanks to funding from a National Science Foundation grant, several researchers have begun overhauling ADCIRC into a second version, called STORM. STORM will function identically to ADCIRC, however the code behind the program will be improved. This new version will be designed to perform across several different computer hardwares types and will perform more efficiently […]

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CHC Director Dr. Gavin Smith will lead a Community Planning Assistance Team in Lyons, Colorado. Lyons lies about 12 miles north of Boulder. The unforgettable floods of September 2013 caused severe destruction to the town, and Lyons remains drastically affected. The CPAT led by Dr. Smith will provide technical assistance to Lyons as it thinks through the difficult decisions it faces on how to redevelop.

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CHC Principle Investigator Dr. Mohammad Gabr has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, effective March 2015. Dr. Gabr currently leads multiple engineering projects [...]

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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. The book was edited by CHC Advisory Board member John C. Pine, and includes several chapters by CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith.

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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 Advisory Board member Margaret A. Davison has recently accepted a new position as Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience Science and Services with NOAA and the National Ocean Service.


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.

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