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Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

October 31, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines

October 28, 2015

The “Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines,” developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Living Shorelines Workgroup, represents an agency-wide effort to encourage the use of living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique along sheltered coasts. The report describes NOAA’s living shorelines guiding principles and how to navigate NOAA’s potential regulatory and programmatic roles in living shorelines project planning. This guidance also provides a conceptual framework of 12 questions to help NOAA and their partners when planning a shoreline stabilization effort.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond

July 2016

Abstract: The legal environment for local government in Florida is beginning to change when it comes to sea-level rise (SLR). Innovations in institutional structure and governance strategies are underway in the State as well. This paper reviews three recent developments, which relate primarily to comprehensive planning in the State, and explores their implications for Florida’s local governments, among others. It begins with the State’s decision, in 2011 legislation, to give local governments a new, optional tool – referred to as “Adaptation Action Areas” (AAAs) – to address sea-level rise and related issues in local comprehensive plans. The paper then turns to a second piece of Florida legislation, this one enacted in 2015, which also identifies sea-level rise as a concern but this time mandates that local governments begin to address it and other causes of flood-related risks through their comprehensive planning process (Florida SB 1094: An act relating to the peril of flood). Finally, the paper discusses a third initiative, (the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact), launched in 2009 by four Southeast Florida counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe – to foster local government and regional coordination on sea-level rise and other climate change issues. This review of these three developments provides a relatively in-depth starting point for understanding key features of the emerging legal and institutional landscape in Florida for addressing sea-level rise, especially with respect to comprehensive planning. It thereby contributes to filling an enormous knowledge deficit concerning adaptation initiatives.

Related Organizations: Florida State University

Author: David Markell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future

June 2012

This study provides the first comprehensive regional projections of the changes in sea level expected in California, Oregon, and Washington - posing serious risks to the infrastructure, development, and wetlands along this 1,600 mile shoreline. California Executive Order S-13-08 directed state agencies to plan for sea-level rise and coastal impacts, and asked the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to establish a committee to assess sea-level rise. Oregon, Washington, and several federal agencies joined California to sponsor the study. The report estimates sea-level rise both globally and for those three states for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100. 

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, State of California, State of Washington, State of Oregon, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide to California's Coastal Communities

January 2012

'Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide for California’s Coastal Communities'  was created to serve as a guide for California’s coastal managers and community planners to develop adaptation plans for sea level rise that are suited to their local conditions and communities. The Guide begins with background information about climate change and sea level rise and an explanation of why planners in coastal communities should begin to plan for sea level rise and the associated coastal hazards. The remaining sections describe the processes of performing sea level rise vulnerability assessments and risk analysis for the development of adaptation plans that can be tailored specifically to individual communities. The guide includes an outline and explanation of the individual steps that are involved in developing a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for a coastal community, a discussion of the issues that are of concern, and as well as references to resources or tools that can assist a community in developing their individual plan.

Related Organizations: University of California, Santa Cruz, California Energy Commission

Authors: Nicole Russell, Gary Griggs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities. These materials can be utilized by coastal communities throughout the U.S. Materials are available free of charge on the website.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No?Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

May 2012

This report provides an overview of policy options for limiting new construction in vulnerable coastal areas, and a summary of existing laws and regulations in states with federally approved coastal management programs (CMPs). To better understand and communicate how state CMPs manage ocean and Great Lake shorefront development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) conducted this study to look specifically at where states are employing shorefront strategies to protect the public interest and natural resources.  

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Social Science Tools for Coastal Programs - Introduction to Stakeholder Participation

2007

This guide, published by the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC), introduces coastal managers to concepts of stakeholder analysis and engagement. The document explains how different stakeholder groups and their interests should be identified during the coastal planning process. Additionally, NOAA CSC provides the reader with guidance for when and how during the coastal planning process stakeholders should be engaged. Additionally, the document provides guidance on identifying coastal management stakeholders, describes some of the most commonly used techniques for stakeholder participation, and discusses evaluation of stakeholder participation.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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NOAA Coastal Community Planning and Development (Training)

Offered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management on the Digital Coast website, this training program covers planning processes, current coastal development patterns and trends, natural hazard resiliency, and alternatives to conventional patterns of growth and development. The 2-day course is designed for local elected officials, developers, land use planners, business leaders, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, realtors, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, coastal resource managers, and concerned citizens.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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