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Welcome to the New England Community-Driven Coastal Climate Research and Solutions (3CRS) Hub!


About the Hub

Low-lying, working waterfront communities throughout New England (NE), like others around the U.S. who rely on ocean resources, are disproportionately vulnerable to risks from climate change. Large parts of these communities, including critical infrastructure, are projected to be increasingly impacted by nuisance flooding and permanently underwater by the end of the century. Many NE coastal communities face socially and economic challenges related to access to healthcare, inadequate infrastructure, high reliance on natural resources, increased taxes and living costs, and a limited capacity to adapt to the changing climate. Decision-makers need to co-develop climate adaptation strategies and solutions for coastal resilience with coastal communities to ensure that they met these unique needs and challenges.


By collaborating with four strategically selected NE pilot communities, this project aims to co-develop a scalable and transferable framework for Community-Driven Coastal Climate Research & Solutions (3CRS) that builds together the processes, expert networks, data streams, local relationships and knowledge that are necessary to expand a shared capacity of NE working water-dependent communities to become more resilient to climate change, with a focus on the health and social-economic dimensions.


3CRS Hub Phases

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Phase 1: People & Data

To understand the challenges faced by communities we partner with individuals and organizations to collect community narratives that, when combined with local sensor networks and dynamic resilience metrics, create a Community Knowledge Collective (CKC).

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Phase 2: Data & Knowledge Synthesis

Develop data-driven models linking climate to dynamic resilience metrics.

Downscaling climate models to spatial scales that are relevant to individuals communities.

Using these models and information from the CKC, expand the functionality and geographic range of the Coastal Hazards, Analysis, Modeling and Prediction (CHAMP) system.

Information Technology

Phase 3: People & Solutions

Create AI-powered dashboards for equitable information access.

Create past and future community adaptation storylines to promote shared action and understanding.

Document processes that are effective for understanding, planning and managing resilience solutions, and share these processes with other communities.

Provide expert capacity training and workforce development training for students in grades 6-12.

3CRS Team


3CRS Hub Partners

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