Program Focus Area
Weather and Climate Resilience
The South Carolina coast is vulnerable to most known natural hazards, including hurricanes, coastal storms, flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, fires, drought, heat waves, shoreline change, and earthquakes, each of which has the potential to cause substantial damage. Many of these hazards are worsening due to the effects of sea-level rise and climate change.
How the Consortium Supports Weather and Climate Resilience
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium supports research and outreach to generate and deliver science-based information and programs in response to the needs of local communities and decision-makers in the following areas:
- Assessing risk and understanding vulnerability.
- Developing and implementing response and adaptation strategies.
- Documenting the changing coastal weather and climate environment.
- Developing policies, plans, and ordinances to reduce risks, manage weather and climate events, and speed recovery.
- Increasing public awareness and preparedness.
- Developing and identifying effective standards and metrics for assessing weather and climate resiliency.
- Helping communities prepare for and mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise.
- Ways to communicate about the risks of chronic and episodic events such as rip currents.
Current Research and Outreach Projects
Developing a Regional Flood Warning App
Researchers from the College of Charleston are developing a database of modeled tidal flooding severity for every road in Charleston County, as well as a countywide rainfall flood mapping product based on one-inch intervals. Estimated flood impacts of tidal and precipitation data then will be combined in a real-time application, called M-App, to communicate the short-term vulnerability in a specific location. M-App will be designed to pair with Chucktown Floods, a data and mapping portal built to consolidate information on flood resources.
2019-2020 Impacts and Accomplishments
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s report of our successes in advancing weather and climate resilience in coastal South Carolina.
Resources by Topic
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s published information and project results in areas related to weather and climate resilience.