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About NC COHAZ ...

The North Carolina COastal HAZards (NC COHAZ) decision portal is a web-based information system developed to communicate coastal hazards information to North Carolina's coastal communities.  The portal aims to be a one-stop site for useful data, observations and insights on coastal hazards, and this science-based information is meant to aid managers and the public in coastal hazard preparation, management and mitigation.

The NC COHAZ portal is being constructed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers primarily from East Carolina University (ECU) and draws from expertise in geology, geography, economics, sociology and more to give a complete view and understanding of coastal hazards.  The NC COHAZ core faculty is composed of Drs. J.P. Walsh and Reide Corbett from the Department of Geological Sciences and the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and Drs. Tom Allen and Tom Crawford from the Department of Geography and the GIScience Center.  In addition to the core faculty there are numerous other affiliated personnel from ECU and various institutions in North Carolina.  See the People page for a list of some of people involved with the work.

Initial funding for NC COHAZ site construction was awarded as part of a project supported by a Competitiveness Grant from the University of North Carolina system.  This collaborative project addressed a diversity of topics related to coastal hazards and was coordinated by Drs. Steve Culver and Stan Riggs (Geological Sciences, ECU).  However, the data and insights from this project and presented on the NC COHAZ portal, in fact, are the product of many years of research from support by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, the State of North Carolina and ECU.  

The reader must understand that the data and information on this site must be viewed and considered with caution (Click here to read the disclaimer.) as coastal hazard risks are complex and evolve in time and space as geological, oceanographic and societal conditions change.  Our understanding of these hazards is limited by our number and distribution of observations.  Furthermore, more time and support is needed to expand and improve on the materials presented.  Thus, the NC COHAZ portal should be viewed a work in progress. 

We plan to continue to build this site as new data and insights develop and time permits.  If public or private entities are interested in seeing the development of a specific coastal hazard product or the expansion of analyses, please contact us and consider providing support if possible.  

Any feedback on the NC COHAZ site would greatly appreciated.  Please contact J.P. Walsh (; (252) 328-5431).