A new 5-year $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will build upon the transformative work conducted by researchers and educators at the UNC Coastal Hazards Center.


The Department of City and Regional Planning in partnership with the Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are co-sponsoring a graduate certificate program in the study of Natural Hazards Resilience.  The 10 credit hour certificate program, which will begin in the Fall of […]

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The University of Rhode Island’s DHS funded research, under the new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence grant, was recently featured on the NBC Affiliate local Channel 10 in Rhode Island. The research, led by Thomas Miller, is using modern technology to prepare for disasters that have in the past, and can in the future, cause economic […]

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This April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded UNC a $20 million dollar grant to initiate the new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, which which will build upon the mission of CHC. These goals include storm surge prediction through tools such as ADCIRC, planning and decision-making tools for individuals and governments, as well as […]

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Twitter Chat with DHS

  • May 4, 2015

Join us August 27th at 12pm ET to see how the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the Coastal Resilience Center are studying natural hazards and disasters to improve coastal resilience. Follow #STTechTalk on Twitter.

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Ashley Ross, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sam Houston State University, has been selected as a Fellow for the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Program. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation and aims to enhance the career development of an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars working in the […]

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This past February, the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association approved the formation of a new Division titled Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning (HMDR). CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith played a large role in the development of the Division, serving on the Executive Committee of the APA’s HMDR Interest Group.

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This Fall, a team comprised of members from several DHS Centers of Excellence delivered a Port Resilience Decision Framework and Toolkit report to the US Coast Guard. The multi-Center of Excellence team included staff representing MIREES at Stevens Institute of Technology, CVADA at Purdue University, and CHC at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CHC Director Dr. Rick Luettich served on the team.

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CHC researcher Chris Emrich recently released an article highlighting how the use of Collector for ArcGIS significantly improved the efficiency of the team’s field data collection processes while tracking post-disaster recovery.

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On Jan 20-21, 2015, CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith traveled to New Hampshire to participate in a workshop hosted by Governor Hassan. The Governor’s Institute on Community Design (GICD) organized the workshop in order to explore ways to assist the state in building a more resilient New Hampshire. The workshop was supported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program.

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