Northern Gulf Coastal Hazards Collaboratory
The Northern Gulf Coast is essential to the sustainability of economically important coastal fisheries, marine transportation, energy development and strategic national defense. This project establishes the Northern Gulf Coastal Hazards Collaboratory (NG-CHC) to:
The three states in the consortium—Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), and Alabama (AL)— are leveraging their unique partnerships, proximity, and significant prior investments in CI to advance science and engineering of coastal hazards across the region. The NGCHC has the opportunity to capitalize upon strong CI and Coastal Hazards research infrastructure to address issues of national importance. The challenge is to develop a framework and strategies for organizing the resources in the region in a manner that transcends boundaries among state lines. The principle barrier to date has been the lack of CI in ways that enable rapid sharing of available data resources and tools and advance new discoveries in geosciences and engineering associated with coastal hazards in this vulnerable coastal region. The broad vision of the proposed NG-CHC is to advance research, enrich training, and inspire collaboration through highly available innovationenabling CI, with a particular focus on geosciences and engineering from the watershed to the coast. RII Track-2 CI investments will focus on enhancement of the data storage, sensor network, computing and instrumentation systems that are essential for addressing the challenges of a distributed Coastal Hazard Collaboratory. Future funding will focus on enhancing the robustness of connectivity among NG-CHC institutions and resources. Crucial to the success of this project is the training and development of students, post-docs and others to establish a strong workforce who can lead the development of new cybertools and research.