Analysis of Coastal Climate Adaptation Strategies for Southeast U.S. Coastal Cities

This Master’s project identifies primary and secondary climate change impacts to coastal areas of the Southeast U.S.  The author proposes three resiliency criteria and applies this decision-making framework as a means of evaluating potential adaptation response strategies for sea-level rise. These criteria include adequate adaptive capacity, environmental sustainability, and the win-win nature of the adaptive measures.

Adaptation strategies are then assessed against the criteria. The results of the analysis find that adaptation measures receiving a “very high” ranking thoroughly meet the resiliency goals of maximizing human safety, community protection, environmental sustainability, and flexibility. Measures ranking “low” or “very low” fail the resiliency criteria in two or more categories and likely contribute to environmental degradation.

Based on the results of the study, the author finds that reviewing adaptation strategies for resiliency is an effective means of supporting strategic response initiatives. The author concludes that creating communities resilient to climate change will require local officials to utilize decision making tools, such as this one, to choose optimal adaptation strategies.

Publication Date: April 25, 2008

Author or Affiliated User:

  • Ulla-Brott O. Reeves

Related Organizations:

  • Duke University


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Resource Types:

  • Best practice
  • Case study
  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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