One of the priorities identified by the five Gulf states is coastal resilience, defined as the capacity of human and natural/physical systems to adapt to and recover from change. GOMA’s Coastal Resilience Team focuses on risk communication, resilience assessment, and coastal adaption and planning.
The Team has three goals:
- Increase awareness and knowledge of tools and resources to assist coastal stakeholders in becoming more resilient and sustainable
- Promote the understanding of coastal risks and the availability of resilience and restoration tools for those who live, work, visit, and do business in the Gulf of Mexico
- Promote adaptation, mitigation, and restoration as strategies to preserve heritage, conserve natural resources, and support the economic viability of the coast
The Coastal Resilience Team is led by the State of Mississippi, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team’s focus areas and actions in Action Plan III.
2017 Fall Meeting
Save the date. The Coastal Resilience Team is planning a fall meeting for November 13-15, 2017 in Pensacola, FL. It will be held at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Registration is open and space is limited. See a copy of the Coastal Resilience 2017 Fall Meeting Agenda Draft. For more information please contact the Team facilitators Daphne Viverette or Kristen Kaptiotis.
Regional Coastal Resilience Grant – 2017 Community Projects
The NOAA Office of Coastal Management awarded a 3-year grant to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in 2016. Funds are supporting 10 community pilot projects. Gulf Coast communities submitted project ideas that address a resilience need or gap identified through a vulnerability assessment such as the Community Resilience Index. To date, 8 of the 10 community projects have been selected for funding. The awarded communities are listed below.
- Alabama: The City of Fairhope, Alabama
- Florida: South Florida Regional Planning Council; New Port Richey, Florida; and the City of Treasure Island, Florida
- Mississippi: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
- Louisiana: Covington, Louisiana; Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for Terrebonne and LaFourche Parishes
- Texas: South Padre Island, Texas; Rockport, Texas; and Aransas County, Texas
Gulf Star 2016 Awards
- Regional Coastal Resilience | Various Gulf Communities
This project provides small grants to 10 communities to implement programs that will enhance their coastal resilience. Selected communities are eligible to receive up to $45,000 in funding assistance as well as technical assistance from state and federal agencies and local knowledge experts.
- Linking Science Communication and Municipal Planning | University of Texas Marine Science Institute
This project brings scientific researchers together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to facilitate deeper understanding of resiliency issues along the Texas coastal bend.
- Cross-Sector Snapshot of Community Resilience | Louisiana Sea Grant
This project uses the four Resilience Indices (Community Resilience Index, Ports Resilience Index, Tourism Resilience Index, and Fisheries Resilience Index) within the Morgan City, Louisiana community to develop a cross-sector evaluation of overall community resilience.
Team Tools and Publications
- Keeping Pace: A short guide to navigating sea-level rise models - (PDF, 140KB) This Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative resource is a quick review the importance of model selection, helpful concepts, model categories and an example of how to utilize models to address coastal issues.
- Ports Resilience Index - A self-assessment tool developed for Port and marine industry leaders. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of assessing if Ports and the regional marine transportation sector are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters
- Resilient Coastal Development through Land Use Planning - (PDF, 1.6MB) A report that presents broad categories of land use tools that can be used by local communities for developing resilient policies in a variety of settings.
- Homeowner Handbooks - Customized handbooks developed for homeowners in each of the five Gulf States to help prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property. Handbooks include sections on how to prepare before the storm, mitigation measures to increase residential resilience, and insurance options available to homeowners in each state.
- Community Resilience Index - A tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery.
- StormSmart Coasts - An online resource for coastal decision makers looking for the latest and best information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards.
- Clean & Resilient Marinas Initiative - An initiative to promote and expand resilient and environmentally responsible operations and best management practices at marinas in the Gulf region. It is a three-document set including a Guidebook, Policy Guide, and a tri-fold brochure.
- Coastal CHARM Resilience Tool - With help from GOMA Resilience Team funding, a scenario model called Coastal CHARM was developed and recently showcased at the GOMA All Hands meeting in New Orleans.
- Rhonda Price, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
- Kristen Kapiotis and Daphne Viverette, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Team Meeting Information
- Contact your coordinator for any meeting notes or presentations.