Coastal & Environmental Research

With funding from the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program of NOAA, SURA has facilitated strategic collaborations to build and guide the Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT). The initial, $4 million grant to support the vision of distributed, open-access, community science was awarded in 2010, with renewal funding ever since.

The overarching goal of the COMT is to accelerate the transfer of research and development to improve operational coastal ocean modeling and forecasting skill. SURA is advancing the COMT to evaluate the readiness of coastal and marine forecasts, such as flooding from storm surge and seasonal dead zones. Focused along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts, the COMT will improve forecasts used by emergency managers and other decision-makers, scientific researchers and the public.


SURA is providing overall project leadership for the COMT including coordinating collaboration among many academic and federal partners and acting as liaison between NOAA and COMT scientists. SURA’s management insures that federal funds are expended in a responsible manner, as the project’s scientific collaborator and project manager. Learn more about the project’s background and history.  Click here for a white paper on Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration to enhance Coastal Resilience.

SURA Coastal & Environmental Research Program Contacts

Dr. L. Don Wright, Director of Coastal Research
C. Reid Nichols, (rnichols),  Coastal Research Programs Manager