Adaptation Pathways 1.0: A Guide for Navigating Sea-Level Rise in the Built Environment

This report summarizes a May 2016 Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating knowledge and ideas into action. The resulting "Adaptation Pathways" - found in Section III of this report - synthesize the Summit’s dominant themes into sea-level rise resilience strategies.

Six sectors, here labelled as “Problem Domains,” have matching Adaptation Pathways as follows:

1: Community Engagement → Listening & Partnering

2: Public Health, Science & Metrics → Novel Measuring & Monitoring

3: Financial Policies & Building Regulations → Aligning Incentives

4: Hard Infrastructure → Supporting Public-Private Partnerships

5: Soft Infrastructure → Green Landscaping

6: Relocation → Multi-Level Coordinating


Each of the Pathways are described by outlining related adaptation and resiliency strategies. For example Problem Domain 3: Financial Policies & Building Regulations provides an overview and next-steps or strategies for the adaptation pathway of Aligning Incentives in these areas:

  • Tools for Funding & Incentivizing: SLR IRAs, Resiliency Bonds & Modified Lending Structures
  • Building Code Updates
  • Insurance & Risk Management Reform
  • Adaptive Planning & Zoning Tools



Publication Date: August 25, 2016

Related Organizations:

  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU)


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Resource Types:

  • Engagement


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