2013 Annual Report | Volume 32
When Hurricane Sandy tracked toward Delaware, the storm threatened residents, infrastructure, and economic interests statewide. The damage in Delaware, while not as severe as that experienced further north, highlighted the delicate balance between people and the environment in our coastal region.
The Delaware Sea Grant College Program works to improve understanding of these interconnections through scientific research, education, and outreach. We are helping the state prepare for natural hazards, consider future impacts of climate change, and develop smart plans for growth.
A recent Sea Grant study showed that economic activity along Delaware’s ocean coastline generates nearly $7 billion annually and represents one-tenth of the state’s total employment. The jobs are largely reliant on resilient communities, clean beaches, and healthy ecosystems that help attract visitors and year-round residents alike.
Delaware Sea Grant promotes the wise use, conservation, and management of marine and coastal resources while also supporting economic growth. Part of a national network of 33 university-based programs, our researchers and outreach specialists offer sound scientific information on issues impacting our state.
This report gives an update on how we are using science to serve Delaware’s coast and improve the quality of life in our state. After reading this online version of Reporter, we hope you will explore the rest of our website to learn even more.
Dr. Nancy M. Targett
Director, Delaware Sea Grant
Dean, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
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