Recent Hazards Planning Projects
- Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Plan (GA)
- St. Marys Climate Adaptation Plan (GA)
- Hyde County Climate Adaptation Plan (NC)
Weather-related hazards such as flooding, hurricanes and storm surge are a constant challenge on the Georgia Coast.
Local governments struggle to plan for these events, while providing the best options for safety and resiliency. However, technical data and planning resources are often difficult to obtain for these counties and cities.
The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant have partnered with national, state and local agencies in order to identify specific needs of coastal communities and to provide them with the technical expertise, data and tools to facilitate preparedness for these events. Flood plain management, location of critical facilities, climate adaptation plans and community outreach are among staff priorities.
Currently, cities such as Tybee, St. Marys and Brunswick are working with UGA in order to plan for coastal hazards and educate citizens about their effects.
MAREX is working with the City of Tybee to assess the community's vulnerabilities, assist long-term planning efforts and offer training based on the latest science.
A street on Tybee Island floods during a typical spring tide.
MAREX is partnering with Tybee City Councilman Paul Wolff, Rob McDowell and UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government's Jason Evans and others to help a very vulnerable and developed barrier island on the front lines of sea level rise plan for the future.