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DCRP’s Dr. Miyuki Hino has received a North Carolina Sea Grant [link] to research chronic flood hazards in coastal communities! The North Carolina Sea Grant funds researchers seeking to examine current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. Dr Hino’s receipt of the grant will support her work with Post-Doctoral Associate, Dr. Adam Gold, as well as two research partners at NC State, Dr. Katherine Anarde and Dr. Casey Dietrich as a part of their Sunny Day Flooding Project. Their research will be examine flooding occurring in North Carolina’s Town of Carolina Beach, with specific efforts to:

  • Explore the drivers of flooding through development of a hybridized hydrodynamic and stormwater model
  • Capture water levels in flood-prone areas using a real-time flood sensor network in Carolina Beach
  • Establish an early-warning system to alert public officials to street flooding
  • Collaborate with local stakeholders to define potential flood mitigation strategies

The NCSEA Grant will support Dr. Hino’s work for two years and contribute to better understandings, prediction, and communication about chronic coastal flooding. Their work will begin a long-term partnership with the Town of Carolina Beach and will contribute to increased public safety and emergency management, as well as demonstrate how community-engaged research can support climate change adaptation.


Miyuki Hino is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and an adjunct assistant professor in the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research examines the linkages between climate hazards, governance, and public policy to drive effective and equitable adaptation to climate change. Recent work has focused on the impacts of sea level rise, the effects of flood risk on property markets, and the use of managed retreat in adapting to climate change. Miyuki received a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

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