Current and Emerging Resiliency Efforts of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (and other Assorted notions)

Presenter: 
Rick DeVoe, Excutive Director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
Event Location: 
BCCMWS 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Abstract

The coast is an ever-changing environment being continuously shaped by both variations in natural processes and the effects of human activities.  Understanding these changes and developing strategies to prepare for and respond to them is the focus of resiliency efforts in South Carolina and throughout the nation.  Resiliency is defined as "the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events" (National Academy of Sciences, 2012).  The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is supporting coastal resiliency work in a broader context, with emphasis on environmental, economic, and social issues and opportunities, through several new initiatives and realigned programs.  For instance, the Consortium (1) joined with the NC, GA, and FL Sea Grant programs to support a regional research initiative focused on coastal community resilience; (2) expanded its extension program efforts in coastal community resiliency; (3) initiated a S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative; (4) established a pilot program of Faculty-Student-Extension Specialist Study Groups to tackle short-term applied research and management issues in climate resiliency, community development, fisheries, and coastal ecosystems; and (5) initiated an agency “visioning” process to ensure that the Consortium is well-positioned to be relevant and resilient for the next 20-30 years.  Finally, to continue support for a highly trained and resilient workforce, the Consortium manages four graduate student fellowship opportunities: the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program, the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship, and the Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship, and may pilot a Sea Grant Resiliency Research Graduate Fellowship effort.

Speaker Information

Rick DeVoe is the Excutive Director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in Charleston, South Carolina. His research interests include coastal and marine resource policy, ocean observing, and science communication and education.

More information about him and his work can be found here