Building Community Resilience to Water-Related Hazards in the Charleston, SC Region:
A Charleston Resilience Network Initiative

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, on behalf of the CRN, has received a Regional Coastal Resilience Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to understand the capacity of the Charleston, SC, region’s infrastructure to handle nuisance and severe flooding. This information will allow the region to respond now to immediate needs and enhance adaptive capacity for future issues. Partners on the project include the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, College of Charleston, The Citadel, and University of South Carolina.

The CRN and its partners will achieve this goal through three objectives:


Parcel-level analysis of flood impacts on the peninsula of Charleston.

  1. Localized modelingWe will build on existing data to create very localized flooding models that incorporate tides, meteorological events, wind, surge, and infrastructure such as tunnels/drains. This type of modeling will provide the parcel-level vulnerability assessments needed to make plans and implement strategies to increase resilience. In addition, we will localize social vulnerability models to better understand the cascading impacts of failing critical infrastructure on our most vulnerable populations.

  2. Engagement and educational awareness: An important component of the CRN is to help foster a common language and understanding of water-related hazards and impacts (both short-term and long-term) in our region. We will conduct focus groups in representative communities and sectors in the Charleston region on vulnerability and actions we can take to address these issues.

  3. Capacity building: The CRN will use this funding opportunity to build its internal capacity, through strengthening the Organizing Committee and forming and sustaining Working Groups, such that the results derived through modeling and stakeholder engagement will be given a longevity and utility in implementing resilience strategies throughout the region.

This project is meant to build a more resilient Charleston, where its people and places have the capacity to survive, adapt and grow despite episodic natural disasters and chronic coastal hazards. Results will help move communities towards implementation of resilience strategies.


Project PIs
M. Richard DeVoe, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Sarah Watson, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Norm Levine, Ph.D., College of Charleston
Tim Callahan, Ph.D., College of Charleston
Simon Ghanat, Ph.D., The Citadel
Jeff Davis, Ph.D., The Citadel
Kirstin Dow, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Greg Carbone, Ph.D., University of South Carolina

*This page will be updated as we make progress on the project.*