Coastal Resilience

The AdSci Coastal Resilience program element addresses the needs of decision-makers at various levels dealing with complex climate-related issues in coastal and marine environments. The program element is designed to support partnerships and engagement,in the development and transfer of climate-related research and information to advance the resilience of coastal communities and coastal/marine ecosystems.


Coastal communities are experiencing impacts from a changing climate, eroding coastlines, increased coastal and inland flooding and increased frequency of extreme events such as hurricanes, and nor’easters. These impacts disproportionately affect more vulnerable coastal populations, many of which face barriers to implementing new strategies for addressing climate-related risks comprehensively.

The AdSci Coastal line of effort will build on the decades of work from the legacy Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) by supporting activities designed to accelerate, expand, and enhance the effectiveness and scale of adaptation and resilience planning and implementation in the face of complex coastal challenges through collaborative science, engagement, and innovation.

In FY21, AdSci Coastal and Water lines of effort specifically encouraged proposals that focused on climate-sensitive flooding and related impacts in areas with vulnerable populations. These advances will also support the goals of CPO’s initiative to apply its core capabilities and align investments with partners in a set of climate-related risk areas, including coastal inundation.

Additionally, AdSci Coastal is working internally with many partners within NOAA (like NOS, NMFS, etc) and externally with agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), US Fish and Wildlife Federation (USFWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Pew Charitable Trust, to advance research that will help our coastal communities more resilient.

Contact Adaptation Sciences (AdSci)

Jennifer Dopkowski
Program Manager, Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program
P: (301) 734-1261


Lisa Farrow-Vaughan
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences - International Adaptation and Resilience
P: (301) 734-1277
F: (301) 713-0518


Bhaskar Subramanian, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences - Coastal Resilience
P: (301) 660-4630


Andrea Miralles-Barboza
Knauss Fellow, Adaptation Sciences - International Adaptation and Resilience
P: (301) 778-8059


Grace Roskar
Research Associate, Contractor with ECS - Adaptation Sciences CAFA Program
P: (713) 459-1663


Alec Shub
Program Specialist, Adaptation Sciences - International Adaptation and Resilience
P: (301) 734-1200


Amanda Speciale
Program Specialist, Adaptation Sciences - Water Resources
P: (410) 212-8742



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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.