Development of Multi-hazard Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Adaptation Indices and Tools for the Charleston, SC Region

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, on behalf of the CRN, has received funding from the Department of Homeland Security through its National Infrastructure Protection Plan Security and Resilience Challenge to research, design, develop, and implement multi-hazard indices and tools for Coastal Resilient Infrastructure Assessment and Adaptation for small businesses, municipalities, and individuals in the Charleston, SC region.

The results and information from this project will help build self-awareness and promote safety in the Charleston Region with regard to the vulnerability of the region’s critical infrastructure to these increasing conditions, which are affecting our businesses, municipalities, and our citizens. Furthermore, the results of this project will enhance our collective ability to support advance planning, safety, and science-based infrastructure investment decisions, which are integral for the region.

This image shows hazards the Charleston peninsula faces with future sea level rise. Source: NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Viewer

Through this project, the CRN will achieve the following goals:

  1. Identification and Analysis of Existing Information and Tools: We will conduct a comparative analysis of the functionality, breadth, and application of resiliency analysis tools in the Charleston, SC region.
  2. Engagement of Target Audience Members: To engage a diverse set of stakeholders, we will organize groups geographically in the region (e.g., beachfront communities, larger municipalities, suburban areas, etc.).
  3. Development and Testing of the Indices for Multi-hazard Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Adaptation: We will create a series of water-hazard coastal resilient infrastructure assessment and adaptation indices; one each for business and industry, municipalities, and individual homeowners where these stakeholders will begin to understand the infrastructure systems upon which they depend.
  4. Roll-out and Implementation of the Indices/Tools for Coastal Resiliency Assessment & Adaptation: We will disseminate and conduct training sessions for representatives of businesses, municipalities, and concerned citizen groups on the breadth and utilization of Indices for Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Adaptation.

 

Project PI:
M. Richard DeVoe, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium