Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities

The Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC) was established in 2015 with a three-year grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to assess and address the public health, social, and economic impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico region.

CRGC uses an interdisciplinary approach to research and outreach activities to address a major policy issue in this region with implications for the rest of the United States:

How can communities build resilience to future adverse events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?


  • RAND Supports Louisiana’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program and Application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition

    Mar 1, 2016

    RAND helped Louisiana develop an application to the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition, a nearly $1 billion fund for states that have recently experienced a presidentially-declared disaster. Louisiana applied for funds to reduce the flood risk of storm surge by elevating residential structures in three areas. RAND provided a quantitative analysis of the baseline flood risks and different allocations of funds for mitigation across three parishes.

  • CNREP to Hold Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems

    Nov 20, 2015

    The Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy is holding its 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems in New Orleans March 20-22, 2016. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research and extension in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. The deadline for abstract submission is November 20, 2015.

  • Smithsonian's Ocean Portal Offers Resource on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    Jun 12, 2015

    To receive helpful information regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the clean up efforts, range of impacts, and on-going research initiatives, check out the Smithsonian Institute’s Ocean Portal, which is a great resource.


The CRGC research and outreach is expected to result in

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An improved knowledge base about the ways the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has affected communities in the Gulf of Mexico region and what factors enhance or diminish resilience after the spill or similar events.

Evidence-based strategic planning and risk communication strategies for specific communities in areas relatively more exposed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Guidance for policy makers to identify specific actions that will mitigate future disaster impacts more effectively.