Tybee Island is a barrier island located 11 miles east of Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia. It belongs to a series of barrier islands that stretch along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida. The island is bounded to the north by the Savannah River, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south and west by Tybee Creek and a vast tidal marsh system.


Why it Matters

For over a decade, Tybee Island has been strengthening its resilience to weather and climate threats. This has included preparing for hurricanes, adapting to flooding, restoring natural ecosystems and building diverse partnerships. As the first community in Georgia to adopt a plan for sea level rise, Tybee Island is on the front lines of coastal innovation and leadership in preparing for the future.

Tybee Island has received a number of awards for its resilience initiatives, including:

2020 American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Best Restored Beach

2017 University Economic Development Association Award of Excellence

2014 NOAA Sea Grant National Superior Outreach Program Award

2013 Georgia Trend Four for the Future Award

A Resilient Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a popular summer beach resort. During peak holiday weekends, the population can go from 3,000 full-time residents to upwards of 50,000 visitors. Tourism provides a critical backbone for the island's economy, while generating unique challenges for the community's natural resource, transportation and infrastructure systems. 

Tybee Island is also home to an environmentally fragile ecosystem. It is a federally protected nesting habitat for sea turtles and three endangered bird species. Tybee is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, hosting hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds each year as a critical stopover on their way from South America to Nova Scotia.



Monitoring Equipment on Tybee Island

New Monitoring Equipment Deployed At Tybee Island, GA

August 6th, 2023 - CITRA’s PI, Dr. Felix Santiago-Collazo, and the summer...

In Savannah, a Sea Level Summit

December 21, 2022 - In late September 2022, dozens of researchers from...
Resilient Tybee student work

Tybee Island Natural Infrastructure Plan

November 15, 2022 - Tybee Island is working with UGA’s Institute for...
Wildlife Resilient Tybee 5

Belle the Sea Turtle Returns to Ocean from Burton 4-H Center

September 23, 2022 - A loggerhead sea turtle named Belle has returned...


road flooding stormwater

Master Stormwater Management Plan

This project aims to develop a Stormwater Master Plan for the City...
dune vegetation

Dune Vegetation and Best Practices Project

This project aims to monitor dune vegetation and document best practices of...
Resilient Tybee Infrastructure 5

Dune and Beach Restoration Project

This project aims to maintain and improve the resiliency of Tybee Island's...
Smart Sea Level Sensor

GA Tech – Smart Sea Level Sensor Project

This project monitors water levels in real-time around Tybee Island and Chatham...
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