The Coastal Storms Program (CSP) is a nationwide effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make communities safer by reducing the loss of life and negative impacts of coastal storms. This work is accomplished by working across NOAA and with organizations from all sectors to address the specific needs of a region. Work in a region generally lasts three to five years.
When CSP is active in a region, a local outreach coordinator helps raise awareness of program activities and ensures that NOAA projects are well coordinated and connected with other efforts in the region. Typical CSP activities include developing new data and predictive tools; enhancing existing products and services; communicating clearly with the public; and creating new partnerships that strengthen existing resilience efforts.
Since its beginning, the program has benefited communities in Northeast Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Islands. Ongoing work in the Great Lakes is expected to be complete in 2017. The program began a transition to the Mid-Atlantic in fiscal year 2015. Hurricane Sandy and other recent severe coastal storms, along with companion surge, flooding, and high winds, have highlighted regionally specific needs for enhancing resilience through improved products and services. NOAA is currently identifying and refining focus areas for the Mid-Atlantic region and has initiated exploratory activities in the following areas.