Focus Areas

Resilient Communities and Economies

Cutting-edge research in the areas of climate change, coastal processes, energy efficiency, hazards, stormwater management and tourism is the basis for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant work with local communities regarding resilience. 

The MASGC team works with growing coastal populations to apply the best-available scientific knowledge to coastal issues, such as increased demands on resources and vulnerability to coastal storms. 

A resilient community has a diverse and vibrant economy, responds to and mitigates natural and technological hazards, and functions within the limits of its ecosystems. MASGC's unique research and engagement capabilities help coastal communities become more resilient.

MASGC is a regional leader on resilience issues, such as planning for hazardous events so residents, communities and industries are better prepared to respond, rebuild and recover from them. MASGC team members have relationships with local and regional community leaders, and together they work side by side with them to create and use new technologies and tools. These tools strengthen communities and allow leaders to make informed decisions that improve comprehensive planning. 

MASGC encourages communities to be active in using natural and cultural resources to enhance their economies while balancing resource conservation and economic growth. MASGC facilitates the efforts of the Alabama Working Waterfront Coalition, a group that works in many ways to support traditional water-dependent businesses and water access. MASGC also encourages economic growth through its support of coastal industries, such as aquaculture, nature tourism, charter boat and recreational fishing, and seafood.


  • Coastal Storms Program

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Coastal Storms Program (CSP) is a nationwide effort to help coastal residents reduce the impacts storms have on their families, communities, property and environment.

    The program will provide tools and services, such as observations, forecast...

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  • Climate and Resilience Community of Practice

    Climate and resilience logoMaybe you are a local elected official, city planner, community leader, a local decision-maker or someone working with local decision-makers. You’ve come here because you are interested in learning more about how your community can become more resilient in the wake of severe storm events such as...

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  • Working Waterfronts

    Issues related to access to the working waterfront have come to the national forefront. Increased development and expanding coastal populations are threatening water access for working waterfront businesses and the general public.  In its 2007 report Access to the Waterfront: Issues and Solutions...

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  • Living Shorelines

    The current trend in Mississippi and Alabama is to install hard structures, such as bulkheads, seawalls or rip-rap on the shoreline to protect waterfront coastal property from erosion. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant supports the use of living shorelines, in many circumstances, instead of bulkheads...

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  • Clean Marina Program

    The Clean Marina Initiative is a voluntary, incentive-based program promoted by NOAA and others that encourages marina operators and recreational boaters to protect coastal water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures. While Clean Marina Programs vary...

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