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About Us

MACRI is a multi-state, multi-disciplinary partnership dedicated to integrated climate change research with the goal of helping local and regional leaders make coastal communities and habitats more resilient through scaled science and research informing public policy.

Why Here, Why Now?

In order to understand the impact of climate change elements such as sea level rise, extreme weather, and degraded coastal ecosystems, we must go where the signal is the strongest, which, in this case, is the Mid-Atlantic, one of the nation’s most dynamic, unique coastlines, according to Caroline Massey, Assistant Director for Management Operations at NASA Wallops. The Mid-Atlantic contains both protected, undeveloped ecological coastline as well as intense coastal development, making it a perfect living laboratory that could help to understand both the natural and human effects on the shore.

Although fixing existing damage caused by the climate change elements is vital, it is time to move beyond only making repairs and also make investments that will sustain and repay themselves over time. Hurricane Sandy spurred this public and political focus on the need for coastal resilience, in regard to both human and natural systems.


Vision Statement

The Mid-Atlantic will be the best-understood coastline in the United States as well as a destination for coastal science and public policy integration for coastal resilience worldwide.

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The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute (MACRI) will be the platform to combine and leverage the capabilities of participating institutions to provide an unprecedented integration of science and its applications to understand, predict, and integrate resilience for both human and natural coastal communities into local, state, and regional policy planning.

Page Last Updated: September 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Rebecca Powell