This Beyond the Basics website was developed as part of a multi-year research study funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Coastal Resilience Center and led by the Center for Sustainable Community Design within the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at Texas A&M University .


CRC_square_logoThe Coastal Resilience Center, co-led by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, performs research and develops education programs to enhance the nation’s ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies from coastal hazards.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security established the Center in 2008 in response to Hurricane Katrina.  The Center’s purpose is to help build resiliency to natural hazards in coastal communities.  We conduct research that can be translated to coastal communities and that informs state and local policy decisions.

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The Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities
  prepares coastal communities absorb, adapt and respond to disturbance such as hazardous events, hurricanes, coastal storms and flooding. The institute acts as a living laboratory to attract and leverage research activities of multiple centers on Texas A&M campuses in College Station and Galveston, while connecting with coastal community leaders and stakeholders about their roles in creating a resilient community.  Protecting people and coasts requires knowledge and power. The Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities is delivering the power of research, teaching, and public outreach.


A number of people contributed to this research project and were instrumental in the development of the website. Phil Berke (PI) and Gavin Smith (Co-PI) led the research project, with support from Ward Lyles.  David Salvesen, Dylan Sandler, Fayola Jacobs, Matthew Malecha, and Siyu Yu led the development of the website.   The project was also supported by a number of graduate students, primarily in the UNC-CH Department of City and Regional Planning, including Meg Aminto, Mikey Goralnik, Jasmine Kumalah, Tim Berke, Sara Reynolds, Caroline Cunningham, Chandler Van Schaack, Nora Lenahan, Ted Mansfield, Rachel Meyerson, and Casey Weismann-Vermeulen.

The website was also shaped by valuable guidance from a National Advisory Board consisting of FEMA representatives, mitigation planners, emergency managers, floodplain managers, and hazards researchers: Ken Topping, Kathleen Smith, Darrin Punchard, Dave Canaan, Link Walther, Kirby Everhart.

This website is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Award Number: 2008-ST-061-ND0001

Disclaimer. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.