Coastal Resilience

Healthy ecosystems can be managed to protect coastal communities

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From the tropics to the poles, half the world’s population lives on coasts where the impacts of climate change are most intense. Storms are more frequent and severe. Sea-level rise causes prolonged, catastrophic flooding. Melting permafrost causes houses to collapse and roads to slump. National security infrastructure is threatened—and human lives, economies, and livelihoods hang in the balance. ERI focuses on interactions between people, infrastructure, and the changing environment—and on understanding natural processes, risks, and social equity issues. Our teams are working to restore ecosystems, understand and design resilient coasts, and inform policy and decision-making. We partner with rural and urban communities that face increasing risks from climate change to create a more resilient and sustainable future.

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Meredith Michael Smith, University Communications

$5 Million NSF Grant to Address Climate Inequities Through Data and Narratives

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‘Coastal Futures Hub’ Aims to Protect Rural Communities Threatened by Climate Change

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Shaping The Future Of Uva Research Through ‘Grand Challenge’ Investments

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New Institute Looks For Action in the Face of Climate Change

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Open House: Patrick Hancock and Emma White

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Sustainable Infrastructure for Sustainable Development: The Notion of Blending Gray and Green Infrastructure

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Adaptive Management of Urban Infrastructure for Addressing Recurrent Flooding Challenges in Coastal Cities

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Weathering the Storm: The Distributional Consequences of Hurricanes

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Modeling the Flooding Impacts of Hurricane Florence in Hampton Roads