Sarah Lipuma

GIS Emergency Management Specialist

I am a graduate student at Duke University researching climate change risk mitigation strategies for coastal communities. I am Research Associate for Seahorse Coastal Consulting, which manages production of the storm surge model ADCIRC for the DHS Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence housed at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Through my second semester of coursework, I am gaining expertise in geospatial analytics, coastal law, beach geomorphology, and natural hazard mitigation. I am the Orrin Pilkey Fellow, which is for students applying research to human uses of the coastal zone. I am the Treasurer of The Coastal Society Duke Student Chapter.


FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. The challenges posed by more intense storms, frequent heavy rain, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels could lead to increased risks from disasters faced by communities and the emergency management professionals serving them.