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Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards

American Geosciences Institute

About This Course

Coastal hazards are a widespread challenge that cost millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars in the U.S. every year due to property loss and spending on mitigation measures. Based on the most recent U.S. Census, over 39% of the U.S. population lives in areas that may undergo significant coastal flooding during a 100-year flood event. Additionally, six of the ten most expensive weather-related disasters in U.S. history have been caused by coastal storms. Reducing risk and responding to coastal hazards is an ongoing challenge that relies on close coordination and cooperation between geoscientists, coastal planners, emergency managers, and communities at all levels.

An introductory talk and case studies from around the U.S. cover coastal storm and erosion hazards in the U.S., as well as examples of coastal hazard planning from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, with a focus on how geoscience informs planning at all levels. Speakers from California and Georgia discuss the impacts of coastal storms and erosion, tools used for coastal hazard mitigation planning in their regions, and examples of community engagement and coordination.

This course is based on the AGI Critical Issues webinar “Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards” that was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Geological Society of America, Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Association of Emergency Managers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.

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Course Objectives

Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:

  • Examples of different socioeconomic impacts of sea level rise, coastal storms, and erosion
  • Recent and future trends in coastal flooding and erosion.
  • Examples of different approaches to planning for coastal storm and erosion hazards.

Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Staff

American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to goli@americangeosciences.org.

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    AGI017
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