Rick Luettich - ADCIRC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University in Mississippi both engage in coastal hazards research and education.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Coastal Hazards Center Research Lead (CHC-R) provides new approaches to filling critical gaps in hazard mitigation planning, coastal hazards forecasting, coastal engineering, community preparedness and disaster response. The Center’s multidisciplinary teams of researchers and educators focus their work in four key areas:

  1. Coastal Hazards Modeling— emphasizes the study of physical science to understand the meteorological, hydrological, geophysical, and other characteristics of coastal hazards; and develops improved models to predict the impacts of coastal hazards on human settlements and natural systems.
  2. Engineering to Enhance the Resilience of the Built and Natural Environment— studies the interaction between coastal hazards and the built and natural environment to promote an improved understanding of how infrastructure, including natural systems, can be designed or managed to facilitate resilience.
  3. Disaster Response and Social Resilience—examines the institutional and social conditions that facilitate improved levels of community preparedness, emergency response and post disaster recovery.
  4. Planning for Resilience— evaluates and develops improved approaches to natural disaster planning to determine the efficacy of and improve hazard mitigation, disaster recovery and preparedness plans.


Coastal Hazard Center researchers work on a broad range of affiliated projects on such topics as climate change and smart growth with funding from other sources.