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Coastal Community Resilience

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The coast of the Gulf of Mexico has attracted and supported human settlement for over 12,000 years. From the beginning, these settlements have faced and adapted to challenges of living along the coast. Economics and aesthetics were responsible for the growth of coastal populations and fostered the persistence and resettlement of these communities after fire, war, famine, disease, and storms. The economic, ecological, and social losses from coastal hazard events have multiplied as development and population growth increasingly place people in harm's way and as the ecosystems' natural resilience is compromised by development and pollution. These pressures continue to shape the Gulf Coast today. In addition, the latest climate change research suggests that new challenges are on the horizon from sea level rise and other impacts.

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