2018 Fellowship Projects

Nine projects located at six state coastal agencies and three Digital Coast partners were selected for the 2018-2020 fellowship. A summary and location for each project follows. Candidates apply to the program and interview with any of the organizations (both states and nonprofits) they choose.

Location Host Agency Project Proposal Project Goal
San Francisco, California California Coastal Commission Advancing the Commission’s Sea Level Rise Planning and Regulatory Work through Data Analysis, Outreach, and Engagement (PDF) Complete several key sea level rise-related projects that include data analysis, vulnerability assessment, and stakeholder engagement to advance the coastal commission’s overall planning and regulatory work on sea level rise.
Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management Creating and Conducting User Capacity Assessments of Prime Tourist Sites in the Mariana Islands (PDF) Establish and pilot a stakeholder-informed method of calculating the user capacity of impaired and emerging tourist sites in the CNMI and provide clear implementation recommendations to guide the sustainable development of a growing tourism industry.
Washington, D.C. Coastal States Organization and Association of State Floodplain Managers Coastal Community Support for Resilience Enhancement through the Community Rating System (PDF) Lead Coastal States Organization and Association of State Floodplain Managers’ 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.
Dover, Delaware Delaware Coastal Management Program Development of a Methodology to Evaluate and Prioritize Dredging Projects in Delaware’s Inland Bays (PDF) Using stakeholder input, develop a method to prioritize dredging projects in Delaware that is easily understood and accepted by the public.
Chicago, Illinois Illinois Coastal Management Program Promoting Tourism to Support Coastal Economies in Illinois’ Northernmost Communities (PDF) Enhance coastal tourism and regional-identity branding in the three northernmost Illinois coastal communities by strengthening outreach and communications about Illinois Beach State Park.
Augusta, Maine Maine Coastal Program CoastWise: Developing Science-Based, Climate-Resilient Practices for Community-Based Replacement of Tidal Road Crossings That Support Coastal Wetland Restoration (PDF) Protect critical ecosystem services by designing and applying a method to prioritize habitats at risk and inform robust policies and strategies that will increase the resilience of important resource areas.
Washington, D.C. National Association of Counties Assessing and Raising Awareness of County Coastal Management Policies and Disaster Spending (PDF) 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 return on investment, 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 (PDF) 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 and Geophysical Surveys and collaborating with local, regional, state, federal, and national stakeholders.
Olympia, Washington Washington Coastal Zone Management Program Improving Effectiveness of Puget Sound Shoreline Armoring Regulations (PDF) Provide coastal managers with information and tools to improve implementation of shoreline armoring regulations on Washington’s Puget Sound.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405
Tel: (843) 740-1273

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