Coastal hazards: Helping communities thrive in the face of a changing coastal environment.
 

We work with communities and stakeholders to mitigate natural risks to people and coastal infrastructure

Changes in the coastal environment, from sea level rise and storm-induced flooding to beach erosion and rip currents, pose significant threats to Delaware's communities, coastal economy, and people. Delaware Sea Grant partners with communities and stakeholders to identify natural risks, promote adaptation strategies that develop resilience, and encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience across the coast.

 

Adaptation Training

Providing community leaders, state managers, and stakeholders with the training, expertise, and tools to identify and mitigate flood risk and prepare for the effects of climate change

Building coastal resilience

Providing the technical tools and expertise needed to mitigate flood risks and establishing a network of coastal resilience experts across Delaware

Beach & surf safety

Educating coastal visitors about how to stay safe while enjoying the beach

Adaptation Training

Many of the coastal communities in Delaware are situated on low-lying lands between beach and marsh, making them particularly vulnerable to coastal flooding as sea level rises.

Delaware Sea Grant is helping communities adapt to a future of rising coastal waters and increased flooding by providing training on the many measures that communities can take to thrive in the face of change. These adaptation trainings are targeted towards community leaders, state managers, and local businesses and are offered throughout the year - check back here or on our Events page for upcoming trainings.

Building Coastal Resilience

Providing communities with the expertise and tools needed to identify hazards and effect change to thrive in the face of change

Delaware Community Rating System User Group

Delaware Sea Grant is working with local communities to lower flood insurance premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program by undertaking flood prevention and preparation measures such as preserving undeveloped floodplain or relocating flood-prone infrastructure. Find out more about FEMA's Community Rating System.

 Flooding along a vibrant section of street.

 Aerial view of erosion along a tidal marsh on the Delaware coast.

Analyzing Flooding in Slaughter Beach

Delaware Sea Grant is partnering with the University of Delaware's Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis to identify how flood waters move through the town of Slaughter Beach, DE, and develop mitigation measures to reduce future flooding. 


Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League

A partnership between Delaware Sea Grant, the University of Delaware, and numerous state agencies and non-profits, the Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL) is bringing together community and business leaders, state managers, and scientists to share experiences and best practices for making communities more resilient to the effects of climate change.

 People at a meeting at the first RASCL summit.

Resilience Resources

 Coastal Delaware Resiliency Report

Coastal Delaware Resiliency Report

 Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware

Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware

 Natural Hazard and Climate Change Adaptation Tool Kit for Delaware Communities

Natural Hazard and Climate Change Adaptation Tool Kit for Delaware Communities

 Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Beach and Surf Safety

The beach and ocean can be a summer retreat, but it can also present dangers like rip currents and rogue waves. Delaware Sea Grant is leading a campaign to educate beachgoers about the hidden risks by placing signs at popular beaches and distributing brochures highlighting surf safety.