NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has committed $891,243 to NERACOOS and partners to improve prediction and protection from coastal storms across New England. Each year coastal storms cause severe damage to communities and properties throughout the Northeast and studies indicate that climate change may cause the frequency and intensity of these storms to increase over time. This award will support efforts of fourteen partners in each of the five coastal states of New England to improve the prediction of storm impacts and implement protective infrastructure in vulnerable communities.
The project will begin in the summer of 2016 and over the next two years NERACOOS and partners will better prepare New England communities for the impacts of coastal storms. Research teams from the University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire and University of Maine will develop detailed coastal flooding forecasts for vulnerable coastal communities. Project management will be overseen by Spaulding Environmental Associates, LLC.
Additionally, the Nature Conservancy and coastal managers from each state- Connecticut Institute of Resiliency and Coastal Adaptation (CIRCA), Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Maine Coastal Program - will implement protective green infrastructure to shield vulnerable communities from storm impacts. Project management for this will be overseen by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC).
With the help of the RPS Group and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), project results will be shared and made available online. This award will “aid our primary goal to protect life and property and stimulate maritime economics along the Northeast Coast” said Dr. Jason Tuell, Director of the National Weather Service Eastern Region. For more information about this award please visit
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For more information please contact Ru Morrison, [email protected]
May 2016, Meeting Agenda