COCA FY17 Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate

NOAA’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program competitively selected five new two-year projects in FY17 for a total of $1.2M.

The COCA program supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers on the impacts of climate variability and change on coastal communities and ecosystems and the application of climate-related research and information to advance coastal decision-making. The goal is to support coastal decision-makers, stakeholders, and resource managers plan for and adapt to changing climate conditions.

In the United States, over half of the national gross domestic product comes from the coast and more than 50% of the U.S. population lives in coastal watershed counties. Human pressures, such as coastal development, pollution, and habitat destruction, are impacting the health and sustainability of coastal built and natural systems. As human pressures on the coast continue to increase, the coastal built and natural environment is expected to experience, and in some cases is already experiencing, impacts from climate variability and change, including: drought, flooding, sea level rise, heat waves. To address these many challenges, communities along the coast are seeking assistance to understand their vulnerabilities, risks and impacts to climate variability and change.

For FY17, COCA solicited interdisciplinary applied research projects that 1) identify and assess key coastal community and ecosystem risks and vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and 2) support the development of approaches to address intersecting climatic and non-climatic stressors to enhance coastal community resilience and sustainability in a changing climate.

The five new projects supported by COCA in FY17 include:

  • Managing for Resilience in Regionally-Significant Coastal Sites
    • Lead PI: Mark Anderson, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
    • Co-PIs: Melissa Clark, TNC and John Prince, TNC
  • Fostering coastal community resilience in Maine: Understanding climate change risks and behavior
    • Lead PI: Sandra De Urioste-Stone, University of Maine
    • Co-PIs: Parinaz Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran and William Carter Stone, University of Maine
  • Informed by Climate Change: Pre-disaster planning, post-disaster recovery
    • Lead PI: Camille Manning-Broome, Center for Planning Excellence
    • Co-PIs: Tara Lambeth, University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment; Matthew Bethel, Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana State University and Jeannette Dubinin, Center for Planning Excellence
  • Hidden Infrastructure: Onsite Wastewater Disposal and Sea Level Rise
    • Lead PI: Scott Pippin, University of Georgia
    • Co-PIs: Brian Bledsoe and Jessica Alcorn, University of Georgia; Brian Meyer, Georgia State University and Jill Gambill, Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension Service, University of Georgia
  • Linking Rural Decision-Makers with Local Churches to Build Coastal Resilience to a Changing Climate
    • Lead PI: Michael Paolisso, University of Maryland
    • Co-PIs: Brian Needelman, Victoria Chanse, Katherine Johnson, Christine Miller, Christina Prell, and Klaus Hubacek, University of Maryland; Jennifer Dindinger, Maryland Sea Grant Extension, University of Maryland and Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant College Program, University System of Maryland

COCA is a program in the Climate and Societal Interactions Division of the Climate Program Office, within NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Learn more about COCA and it’s funding opportunities.

2018 Federal Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

LOIs for all competitions should be received via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2018.

A response to the LOI from the Competition Manager (e-mail or letter) will be sent to the investigator within four weeks after the LOI’s due date encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted Competition.

Full Applications

Full applications for all competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 18, 2018.

Applications must be submitted via http://www.grants.gov. For applications submitted through grants.gov, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by http://www.grants.gov, which includes the date and time received.

For applicants without internet access, please contact the CPO Grants Manager Diane Brown by mail at NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 to obtain an application package. Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response. Hard copy submissions will be date and time stamped when they are received in the Climate Program Office.

Emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

Applications received after these dates and times will not be considered for funding.

Where to Submit

Application packages:
Visit Grants.gov and
click on Apply for Grants. You may also directly view the Grants.gov listing here.

Federal Funding Opportunity Number:
NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005492

Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
Diane Brown
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.

Questions/Who to Contact

Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager diane.brown@noaa.gov

Competition Description & Contact

CVP – Pre-Field Modeling Studies in Support of TPOS Process Studies, a Component of TPOS 2020

Contact: Sandy Lucas
In the First Report of TPOS 2020 (Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020, tpos2020.org), many recommendations and proposed actions were identified. The use of process studies that will inform further refinement of TPOS was noted as a critical part of the implementation process that can guide the development of the system design. Two of the studies that are recommended in the report are called “Pacific Upwelling and Mixing Physics (PUMP)” (section 6.2.1) and “Air–sea Interaction at the eastern edge of the Warm Pool” (section 6.2.3). Each of these studies focus on improved predictability of the overall evolution of the Pacific climate system on seasonal to interannual timescales (MJO, ENSO, etc.), which is beneficial to NOAA’s mission of improved environmental prediction. This solicitation is intended to contribute to the goals of TPOS 2020.

In FY 2018, the CVP program solicits modeling projects that will refine the current scientific understanding of the equatorial Pacific climate system with a specific focus on two process studies identified in the TPOS 2020 First Report, “Pacific Upwelling and Mixing Physics (PUMP)” (section 6.2.1) and “Air–sea Interaction at the eastern edge of the Warm Pool” (section 6.2.3). The CVP Program encourages a hierarchy of modeling approaches. Outcomes from these projects will be used for pre-cruise planning and field campaign development.

Where to Submit

Application packages:
Visit Grants.gov and
click on Apply for Grants. You may also directly view the Grants.gov listing here.

Federal Funding Opportunity Number:
NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005492

Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
Diane Brown
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.

For Federal Investigators

Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the FFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Grants.gov. Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead investigator but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for Federal investigators should be received by the Competition Manager by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2018 for all competitions.

Full applications for all Competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, May 18, 2018.

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.

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