Coastal Hazards and Resilience
Weather-related hazards such as flooding, hurricanes and storm surge are a constant challenge on the Georgia Coast.
Local governments struggle to plan for these events, while providing the best options for safety and resiliency. However, technical data and planning resources are often difficult to obtain for these counties and cities.
UGA Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant have partnered with national, state and local agencies in order to identify specific needs of coastal communities and to provide them with the technical expertise, data and tools to facilitate preparedness for these events. Flood plain management, location of critical facilities, climate adaptation plans and community outreach are among staff priorities.
Currently, cities such as Tybee, St. Marys and Brunswick are working with UGA in order to plan for coastal hazards and educate citizens about their effects.