Resilience is the bolstering of a community's inherent strengths in order to alleviate chronic stresses and enable recovery from extreme events and shocks in ways that make the community even stronger than before.
Our mission is to envision, create, and empower Hampton to live and thrive with water and the impacts of climate change through approaches driven by data and values.
Flooding is experienced as both a chronic stress and extreme event in Hampton. As a developed city with 124 miles of navigable waterfront, water interacts with our built environment in many ways.
Hampton experiences regular nuisance flooding caused by tides.
Hampton also experiences storm surge flooding driven by extreme weather events.
Here in Hampton Roads, sinking land and rising seas have resulted in 1.47 feet of relative sea level rise since 1927.
Scientists predict that in the next 60 years, mean higher high water levels will have risen 4 feet above current levels.
Scientists also predict a doubling of the frequency of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes by the end of the 21st Century.