Oregon’s coastal communities and environment provide economic, social, and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. But these communities are increasingly aware of their vulnerability to the effects of a changing climate and disasters such as tsunamis generated by near-shore undersea earthquakes. The state and its coastal counties are working to develop policies, institutional capacities and management approaches to these and other threats.
Oregon Sea Grant brings its research and public engagement capabilities to help coastal communities build the resilience to effectively plan for, respond to and mitigate the risks of natural and human-made hazards, and to sustain diverse and vibrant economies that function within the limits of their ecosystems. We collaborate with other Sea Grant programs on the West Coast and elsewhere to develop preparedness and adaptation strategies and tools that communities, local governments and NGOs can suit to their needs.