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This study was supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under award number W912HQ-10-C-0071, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service under award number 09-DG-11221637’351, U.S. Department of Energy under award number DE-PI0000010, U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration under award number DG-133R-08CQ0062, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency under award number HSHQDC-10-C-00087, Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey under award number G104P00079, National Aeronautics and Space Administration under award number NNXIOAN3IG, and Community and Regional Resilience Institute under award number 4000090613. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Cover: Photographs from the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast region document the history and progress of efforts by individuals, groups, and government to increase disaster resilience. Estuaries, bayous, neighborhoods, and the city infrastructure demonstrate achievements and challenges regarding greater resilience in the Gulf Coast region. Photographs by Neeraj Gorkhaly, used with permission. Cover design by Eric Edkin.

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