NOAA Sea Grant’s Role in National Preparedness

Date Posted: November 13, 2013

A partnership between universities and NOAA, the National Sea Grant program directs federal resources to pressing problems in local communities. For more than 40 years, Sea Grant has worked to create and maintain a healthy coastal environment and economy. The Sea Grant network includes more than 30 programs based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Drawing on the experience of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators and students from more than 300 institutions, the programs of the Sea Grant network work together to help citizens understand, conserve and better utilize America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources.

Sea Grant invests in high-priority research, addressing issues such as population growth and development in coastal communities; preparation and response to hurricanes, coastal storms and tsunamis; understanding our interactions with the marine environment; fish and shellfish farming; seafood safety; and fisheries management. The results of this research are shared with the public through Sea

Grant’s integrated outreach program, which brings together the collective expertise of on-the ground extension agents, educators and communications specialists. The goal is to ensure that vital research results are shared with those who need it most and in ways that are timely, relevant and meaningful.

This work is vital to help build a Weather-Ready Nation. Between 1970 and 2010, the population of the U.S. coastal watersheds has increased by 45 percent to a total of 164 million, or 52 percent of the nation's population. This population increase has resulted in greater vulnerability of coastal communities and environments to natural and technological hazards. People living and doing business in coastal communities need to understand the risks associated with coastal hazards. Through the Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities focus area, NOAA Sea Grant helps these communities prepare for and respond to hazardous events.

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