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.