Digital Coast Fellowship

The NOAA Digital Coast Fellowship was established in 2012 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide technical assistance to help advance the goals of the Digital Coast and its partner organizations. Up to three fellows are placed with Digital Coast Partner organizations every other year, in the even years. The program matches postgraduate students to work on projects proposed by the host and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. The program also provides fellows with professional mentoring and training.

Placement for the Digital Coast fellowship positions is fully integrated into the placement process with the state coastal zone management programs. Candidates will apply to the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship program as a whole, and selected candidates will be eligible to interview with both the state coastal programs and the Digital Coast partnership organizations at the fellowship matching workshop.

2018-2020 Projects

Three projects were selected for the 2018-2020 fellowship, and are located at three Digital Coast Partner organizations. A summary of and the location of each project follows.

Location Host Agency Project Proposal Project Goal
Washington, D.C. Coastal States Organization and Association of State Floodplain Managers Coastal Community Support for Resilience Enhancement through the CRS Lead CSO and ASFPM efforts to promote and improve the Community Rating System (CRS) as a tool to achieve coastal flood resilience, including bridging the gap for communities that do not have sufficient capacity to join or advance in the CRS.
Washington, D.C. National Association of Counties Assessing and Raising Awareness of County Coastal Management Policies and Disaster Spending Conduct original research and outreach that will help coastal counties in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi increase their long-term resilience by assessing their mitigation plans, evaluating their disaster-related spending to determine their ROI, and ensuring their use of cutting-edge Digital Coast tools.
Anchorage, Alaska National States Geographic Information Council Bringing Alaska Coastal Communities Online to the Digital Coast: Coastal Flood Mapping for Rural Alaska Help rural Alaskan coastal communities understand flood impacts and respond to coastal storms, and develop flood impact guidance for coastal mapping on the last frontier, while working with the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and collaborating with local, regional, state, federal, and national stakeholders.