Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program supports climate change adaptation activities in the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and the coastal management community. In 2008–2011, CRE sponsored 31 projects with 19 different NEPs. In 2012, CRE supported another 6  projects, including work with 4 new NEPs.

The CRE program focuses on the aspects of climate change that affect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of coastal watersheds. This report highlights the adaptation projects that 23 NEPs around the country have undertaken to help their watersheds and communities. The newest projects are discussed in the section on 2012 Climate Ready Estuaries Projects. Climate Ready Estuaries projects initiated during 2008-2011 are highlighted in the 'Adaptation to Attain Clean Water Goals and Sustainable Coasts' section.

The report includes a summary of a 2012 joint meeting with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on climate change vulnerability assessments. EPA also published two reports about using the expert elicitation process to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for specific ecosystems which are reviewed as well. Finally, this progress report highlights how NEPs used king tide photography to communicate with the public about sea level rise. 

In 2012 EPA provided support for six adaptation projects with five NEPs. Four of these NEPs are new CRE partners this year including:

  • San Juan Bay Estuary Program, Puerto Rico
  • Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, Massachusetts
  • Peconic Estuary Program, New York
  • Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Alabama

Publication Date: January 2013

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