coastal adaptation & innovation

From helping communities plan for coastal storms, to bringing together design professionals to hear about the newest nature-based flood solutions, and improving living shoreline designs or evacuation communication — our fellows and extension help coastal communities thrive.

preparing virginia's waterfronts for the coming storm

Virginia Sea Grant supports established collaborations as well as new or emerging collaborations that respond to dynamic challenges. Recent projects include:

  • The Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum convenes architects, engineers, scientific researchers, planners, nonprofits, and government staff to exchange information and share best practices in coastal adaptation
  • The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (RAFT), which allows localities to assess and improve their local resilience through a scorecard and technical assistance with priority projects
  • Research on the evacuation behaviors and risk perceptions of college students in coastal communities, with the goal of improving emergency communication


The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (RAFT), allows localities to assess and improve their local resilience through a scorecard and technical assistance with priority projects

Virginia Sea Grant places architectural and engineering student interns at resilience design firms to get hands-on experience.

Innovation and Design

Virginia Sea Grant develops effective, scientifically sound solutions to Virginia’s flooding challenges. Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Research to optimize living shoreline design
  • A GO Virginia grant to foster innovation and growth in Virginia’s water economy through a resilience entrepreneurship competition and a business-focused network.
  • Internships and fellowships that place architectural and engineering students hands-on experience working at resilience design firms.
Workshops provide an overview of flood mapping tools and scientific informational portals for local planners.

Legal and Policy

Our extension partners at the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the William & Mary Law School bring a policy perspective to coastal issues. They provide legal and policy support for communities, planners, non-government organizations, and the seafood industry. Projects include:

  • Whitepapers that provide insight to issues like recurrent flooding, waterfront property rights, septic systems, marine debris, and water pollution, and compare policy examples from around the U.S.
  • The Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s annual conference, which covers legal and policy aspects of resilience for an audience of coastal planners, local government officials, state agencies, legislators, nonprofits, and other stakeholders.
  • Assistance for the Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (RAFT), which allows localities to assess and improve their local resilience through a scorecard and technical assistance with priority projects
  • Workshops that provide an overview of flood mapping tools and scientific informational portals for local planners.
Scroll to Top

Thank You!

Your request has been submitted.

Sign up for our announcements newsletter

Stay up-to-date on fellowship, internship, training, and research funding opportunities offered by Virginia Sea Grant.