Coastal Change Hazards scientists Dr. Legna Torres-Garcia and Dr. Donya Frank-Gilchrist of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) were invited to present to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) on coastal vulnerability assessments in Puerto Rico through a focused stakeholder engagement approach.
SPCMSC Researchers Invited to Present on Coastal Vulnerability Assessments Project in Puerto Rico to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership
Dr. Legna Torres-Garcia and Dr. Donya Frank-Gilchrist of SPCMSC were invited to present their project on assessing coastal vulnerabilities of local communities in Puerto Rico through a focused stakeholder engagement process to the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) on September 23, 2021. To support the first phase of their project, Dr. Torres-Garcia and Dr. Frank-Gilchrist hosted a meeting of USGS scientists researching coastal erosion, inland flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and water quality in Puerto Rico to build a database of relevant USGS environmental hazards projects and resources. The second phase of the project is focused on stakeholder engagement. They are currently working with a local facilitator in Puerto Rico to conduct focus groups with representatives from other federal agencies, academia, local and state government as well as community leaders from all coastal regions, and a diversity of interests to learn specifically about coastal hazards information needs. Their meeting with the SCDRP is a part of that stakeholder engagement effort to connect with other potential partners in the region. Engaging with these stakeholders provides an opportunity to share information on relevant USGS hazards resources and to identify knowledge gaps that future coastal research projects in Puerto Rico could address.
The SCDRP aims to improve coastal resilience and disaster recovery of coastal communities through knowledge sharing and collaboration among its partners. The SCDRP consists of representatives from public, private and non-profit organizations across the Southeast USA and US territories in the Caribbean. The SCDRP is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).
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