HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Devon Tsai
The University of Hawaii's efforts to ease the effects of climate just got a financial boost.
NOAA's National Ocean Service donated $845,160 to the UH Sea Grant program. It will go toward a project called "Building Resilience to Coastal Hazards and Climate Change in Hawaii", which aims to help local communities prepare for flooding, coastal erosion, sea-level rise and climate change to coastal shorelines.
"The past year has been a stark reminder of Hawaii's vulnerability to coastal hazards after a record-setting hurricane season and massive El-Niño fueled winter surf caused damage to our coastal communities," said Dr. Bradley Romine, Hawaii Sea Grant coastal management specialist and project lead.
"The frequency and severity of coastal erosion and flooding events is only going to increase in the coming decades with climate change and sea-level rise. Improving coastal community resilience makes sense for now and the future."
For information about the Hawaii Sea Grant, visit http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/.