About Us

Our mission in the Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) is to improve the social, infrastructural, economical and the natural environment’s resilience towards natural disasters (such as flash floods, hurricanes and any other abrupt change in weather) within coastal zones by conducting research and educating the community, and at the same time, gathering more information alongside the DHS Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence.

Here in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Prof. Ismael Pagán Trinidad is responsible for developing “Education for Improving Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure” , where the main goal is to educate the coastal communities on Coastal Resilient Infrastructure (CRI), by transferring state of practice knowledge to stakeholders through formal and informal learning experiences.

Our Project


Education for Improving Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure

This project will help educate the community by transferring state of practice knowledge to stakeholders (students, faculty, professionals, first responders, and workforce) through formal (curriculum, internships, student projects, undergraduate research) and informal (workshops, seminars, lectures, short courses, webinars) learning experiences. It will serve as a vehicle to engage the community as a whole to understand and learn its members’ roles and responsibilities in providing resilient coastal infrastructure systems. The project will help the community understand better various stages in coastal infrastructure hazard prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The focus will be on understanding the natural phenomenology, the engineering methodologies to address the level of risk the infrastructure is exposed to, the engineering methodologies and technology to analyze and predict the level of resistance and vulnerability the infrastructure and community is exposed to, the sustainable and resilient alternative available at the state of practice or state of art to cope with risks and vulnerabilities. The project will help motivate students and faculty which will create pipelines of students and professionals into CRI careers and practice.