Welcome Sarah Watson! New Coastal Climate & Resilience Specialist with CISA & SC Sea Grant

Sarah Watson has joined the SC Sea Grant and CISA teams as theSarah Watson Coastal Climate & Resilience Specialist. Below is the press released announcing her hire. As Sarah takes over some of the responsibilities held by her predecessor, Liz Fly, she will be working closely with the SECCCoP.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah to the region! She will be a great asset for our network moving forward.

~ Amanda


Charleston, S.C.—Sarah Watson has joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) as the coastal climate and resilience specialist. Watson’s position is jointly supported by the Consortium and CISA, a NOAA-funded research group based at the University of South Carolina.

Watson has a dual Master’s degree in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning, with concentrations in climate adaptation and coastal resilience, from Rutgers University, and a B.A. degree in Journalism from Temple University. Most recently, she worked via subcontract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management to develop risk communication training materials and other resources for coastal decision-makers. Prior to her career in resilience and climate change issues, she was an environmental journalist and covered Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts at The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Watson will address the coastal climate and resiliency needs of a variety of constituencies by extending science-based climate, weather and resiliency information and providing hands-on operational and technical support to coastal communities, resource managers and interest groups in South Carolina and the region. She will also contribute to research driven by community needs and provide hands-on operational and technical support for coastal climate issues addressed by the Consortium and CISA.


The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium generates and provides science-based information to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment for the state of South Carolina and its citizens. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information, visit www.scseagrant.org.

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) program at University of South Carolina conducts applied research in North Carolina and South Carolina and incorporates climate information into water, health and coastal management and decision-making. CISA is one of 10 NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) teams, which are designed to help expand and build the nation’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. For more information, visit www.cisa.sc.edu.

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