Who are we?

The Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub is a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation to increase resilience and advance knowledge about natural hazards and climate change risks coastal communities face.

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Embracing the spirit of Cascadia

The Hub works with communities in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Northern California to increase their ability to mitigate and adapt to impacts from hazards like earthquakes, tsunamis, sea level rise, landslides, erosion, and climate change. 

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Irene Pablo Lora, a Cascadia CoPes Hub CHARTER Fellow, has been named one of the 15 Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduating Seniors.
Coastal hazards are inevitable and affect all coastal communities. However, the lasting impacts of these hazards are inequitably distributed, with minority groups often bearing the brunt.

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Need Coastal Hazard Support?

The Cascadia Community Engaged Research Clearinghouse (CCERC) is a pathway to link your community’s needs with the Hub’s resources and services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Cascadia CoPes Hub?

The Cascadia CoPes Hub was funded by the National Science Foundation to respond to a local, regional, and national needs for improved, coordinated coastal resilience in the face of chronic and acute coastal hazards ( Ruckelshaus Center, 2017; Oregon Resilience Plan, 2013). The Hub’s long-term goal is to improve coastal communities’ preparedness and their ability to bounce back from hazard events. Some Hub projects are developed with collaboratories. Each Hub team includes community leads and coastal liaisons who help connect coastal community needs and Cascadia CoPes Hub research. They work to ensure that Hub research is co-produced with and for Cascadia coastal communities. 

What does each team represent?

The Cascadia CoPes Hub is made up of 5 teams who are conducting research relevant to all of Cascadia. Each team has a general focus, but their work overlaps. Find out more about the teams here.

How does the Cascadia CoPes Hub promote career and hazards research diversity?

The Hub is also increasing the diversity of future coastal hazard researchers and practitioners and increasing information sharing between underrepresented communities. One of our programs, the Cascadia Coastal Hazards and Resilience Training, Education and Research, or CHARTER program, offers formal and informal training, education and hazards science research from middle school to graduate and postdoctoral levels. The CHARTER Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color); Latinx; LGBTQ; first generation; and/or low-income, in all academic disciplines to participate in hazards and resilience research.