Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries program is a partnership between the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort, initiated in 2008, brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.

The Climate Ready Estuaries program works with the National Estuary Programs and the coastal management community to: (1) assess climate change vulnerabilities, (2) develop and implement adaptation strategies, and (3) engage and educate stakeholders.  CRE shares NEP examples to help other coastal managers, and provides technical guidance and assistance about climate change adaptation.

The Climate Ready Estuaries website offers information on climate change impacts to different estuary regions, access to tools and resources to monitor changes, and information to help managers develop adaptation plans for estuaries and coastal communities.

2012 was the 25th anniversary of the National Estuary Program (NEP) and marks the fifth year that EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) has supported climate change adaptation activities in NEP study areas. 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 growing number of adaptation projects and the lessons that are drawn and shared from them are an invaluable resource for other environmental managers. 

In order to maintain access to this website, we are linking to an archived version of the website saved on December 29, 2016. The original link can be found here: http://www2.epa.gov/cre

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