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The Coastal Inundation Community of Practice is a national network of practitioners that facilitates peer-to-peer learning, information exchange, and collaborative engagement to advance coastal flooding science, knowledge and solutions.

As climate change impacts worsen, so does coastal inundation - water on normally dry ground as a result of flooding. This is a complex problem that requires a multidisciplinary, long-term, coordinated effort to address. The impact of coastal inundation can be devastating, leading to property damage, displacement of populations, and loss of life. Collaboration across the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors ensures that the best available knowledge and expertise are being utilized to address inundation in coastal communities. NOAA's Office for Coastal Management (OCM), the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) are collaboratively building and facilitating the Coastal Inundation Community of Practice to advance resilience to flooding now and in the future.

Hawaii Flooding (Credit: Hawai'i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project)
Hawaii Flooding (Credit: Hawai'i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project)

Learn More About the Coastal Inundation Community of Practice

Coastal inundation is defined as water on normally dry ground as a result of flooding in communities adjacent to oceans, major estuaries, or the Great Lakes.  Coastal inundation can be caused by sea level rise, storm surge, wind, waves, high tide flooding, heavy precipitation, and/or lake level change, among other physical processes, and can have temporary and permanent flooding impacts.

Coastal resilience is the ability of populations, ecosystems, and economies to prepare for, absorb, respond to, recover from, and successfully adapt to the impacts of natural and human-caused hazards, such as hurricanes and oil spills, and long-term environmental change, such as habitat loss and sea level rise.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through the common pursuit of solutions through shared interests.  Communities of Practice are a way of developing social capital, nurturing new knowledge, stimulating innovation, and learning from one another.

All practitioners addressing current and future coastal flooding in the U.S. states and territories are welcome to join the Coastal Inundation Community of Practice. State and local government staff, consultants, engagement professionals, resilience coordinators, and others may find value in participating.

To address any post-event queries you might have, we’ve compiled a FAQ document. You can access it here.

Upcoming Events

Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant
Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant

Summer Webinar: August 27 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

Topic: What strategies have been effective for advancing flood resilience in rural coastal communities?

Ways to Get Involved

Implementation Team

Thank you to the Implementation Team for helping guide the Coastal Inundation Community of Practice! Meet the team:

Lisa Auermuller

Lisa Auermuller
Associate Director, Rutgers – Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (MACH)

Henry Bell

Henry Bell
Coastal Planner, Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Ecology

Renee Collini

Renee Collini
Director, Gulf Center for Equitable Climate Resilience at The Water Institute

Annie Cox

Annie Cox
Watershed Resilience Manager, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

Jennifer Kline

Jennifer Kline

Coastal Hazards Specialist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program

Eleanor Rappolee

Eleanor Rappolee
GIS Research Analyst, Flood Science Center at the Association of State Floodplain Managers

Jen West

Jen West
Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Narragansett Bay Research Reserve

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Funding is made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a historic, federal government-wide investment that is advancing NOAA's efforts to build Climate-Ready Coasts.