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“Hawaiʻi Sea Grant awarded $850,000 from NOAA for regional coastal resilience project”

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) was recently awarded an $850,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program for a project entitled Building Resilience to Coastal Hazards and Climate Change in Hawai‘i. The goal of this project is to increase community resilience to coastal hazards and impacts from climate change and SLR in Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is partnering with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Hawai‘i Office of Planning (OP), the Pacific Island Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and other key partners to develop a suite of tools and products to increase resilience to coastal hazards and climate change in Hawaii’s coastal communities. The project will develop a Web-based Hazard Exposure and Vulnerability Mapping Tool, including erosion and coastal inundation hazard exposure with sea level rise to improve access to high-resolution geospatial data related to coastal hazards and support resilience planning for communities and decision-makers; Guidelines for Integrating Coastal Resilience into Existing Planning Frameworks to increase the number of plans and policies that address coastal hazards and climate change impacts; and Guidelines and Training for Post-Disaster Rebuilding and Recovery to improve the ability of island communities to prepare for, adapt to, and recover from coastal disasters.

 

“Hawaiʻi Sea Grant to support first ever Hawai‘i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Workshop”

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) is partnering with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Hawai‘i Office of Planning (OP) to host the first ever Hawai‘i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Workshop on Thursday, February 11th at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The workshop will provide an overview of the latest climate and sea level rise science and introduce the goals of the Hawai‘i Climate Adaptation Initiative (Act 83, Session Laws Hawaiʻi, 2014). In addition, the workshop will give an update regarding the progress of the State Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report that is being prepared in coordination with the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee and seek input from attendees regarding recommended actions to address risks from sea level rise. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant extension faculty will be facilitating the workshop, which will exercises focused on sea level rise adaptation challenges and opportunities.