In November, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant received the designation of Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative recognizes NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events. As Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

“Through education, research, training and outreach, we are already helping communities be informed and prepared for the public health, safety, environmental and economic impacts of storms and flooding,” said Mark Risse, director of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. “As Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, we hope to further aid Georgia communities in minimizing or avoiding altogether the impacts of weather-related disasters.”


According to NOAA, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors serve a pivotal role in helping to build a nation that is ready, responsive and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. For more information, contact Madeleine Russell at

The Georgia Sea Grant College Program is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the state of Georgia and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Georgia. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Georgia Sea Grant, along with its partner, the University of Georgia Marine Extension, are units of the Office of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The programs’ mission is to improve public resource policy, encourage far-sighted economic and fisheries decisions, anticipate vulnerabilities to change and educate citizens to be wise stewards of the coastal environment. For more information, visit