Center for Climate Change Adaptation

The purpose of the Engine is to create a robust pathway to transform climate-induced disaster preparation and response, making U.S. coastal communities the most resilient in the world.

Digital twin technology creates a virtual simulation of a real structure or system, like pumps, levees, channels or even reefs.

The use of digital twins—combining the real and the digital worlds of the region will provide:

  • A platform for multi-stakeholder input and collaboration
  • A natural venue for university engagement at multiple research levels – undergraduate, graduate, and faculty
  • The opportunity for planning and coordination with agencies and municipalities to predict future SLR and disaster response planning
  • A subscription service (digital-twin-as-a-service) as a new business model for new entrepreneurial activity and sustainment

Digital twin technology scales with relative ease and leverages a high-value partner in Microsoft.

The Center for Climate Change Adaptation Consortium (C3AC)

According to the Bureau of Census, 40% of Americans live in coastline counties, including more than 41M in Atlantic Counties, which includes 1.85M in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-North Carolina Combined Statistical Area (CSA), and 600K in Guam.

The Center for Climate Change Adaptation Consortium (C3AC) establishes a broad vision for developing new technologies, materials, engineering, and policies to build Sea Level Rise (SLR)-resilient buildings, take advantage of new conditions as a result of climate change; increase awareness and create systems to reduce the severe consequences for people, assets, and ecosystems in the CSA.

C3AC will advance construction, and civil and mechanical engineering innovation use-inspired Research and Development (R&D), translation of innovations to practice, and workforce development to grow and sustain regional innovation by aligning resources of the US Navy, local Minority Serving Institutions, and private sector SLR adaptation strategies for the region-of-service.

NSF Engine activities will employ use of high-performance computers at Hampton University and engage the Construction Management Engineering Technology program at University of Guam and Missouri University of Science and Technology for community engagement, workforce development, and translation of innovation to practice, including intelligent industrial controls for flood management that are also resilient against cyber-attacks.

Regional Importance & Impact

C3AC will interface on each research theme with partners and stakeholders in a unique way that will allow them to take full advantage of the benefits that C3AC has to offer. Due to C3AC’s integrated approach, each of these interactions will inform the work done across all research themes.

  • The region-of-service is home to more than 3.54 million people, including the three largest populations of military personnel in the nation.
  • 59.9% of this region’s population is White/Non Hispanic, 40.2% is Black Hispanic, or Tribal including Pacific Islander, and the Monacan, and Upper Mattaponi Tribes of Hampton Roads.
  • In 2018, the federal government also recognized the Monacan, and Upper Mattaponi Tribes of Hampton Roads. This very critical, and ethnically diverse society—and our military—rely on all aspects of societal services that this region has historically afforded and continues to provide.

You may wish to pretend that rising seas are a hoax perpetrated by scientists and a gullible news media. Or you can build barriers galore. But in the end, neither will provide adequate defense.

Rem Koolhaas, Holland

Creation of Innovation Sector Jobs

The coastal jobs and industries of tomorrow depend on the successful implementation of digital threads across broad industries ranging from construction to materials science, Artificial intelligence, cyber-security, civil and mechanical engineering. If these digital threads are not cybersecure, dams and levees will be compromised in multiple cyber-exploit scenarios.

C3AC will launch a new training approach leveraging the DoD’s SkillBridge program to prepare the coastal community workforce for the jobs of tomorrow and equip local corporations, governments, and universities with the skills needed to protect physical assets by constructing SLR resilient infrastructure.

Use-inspired Research & Development

The core research vision is to focus on ensuring infrastructure, control systems, and processes have resilient properties that are backed with uncontradicted evidence for those properties.

The technologies to define and ensure such properties have been emerging from research in the Netherlands and exported globally in varied and complex systems (of systems) by large technology companies over the last decade.

C3AC will amplify and accelerate these new design concepts and implement them with our partners and stakeholder to assure U.S. coastal communities the most resilient in the world.


Joint Venture