Florida's Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change

This report presents a comprehensive policy framework to assist Florida state government first in assessing the likely impacts of climate change on its coastal regions and communities and then developing and adopting policies and programs that will enable the state, its communities, and its residents to adapt to and adaptively manage those impacts over the near and long term. This project is a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University and the project’s sponsor, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP).

The state coastal climate adaptation policy options to be considered are organized by sector, each opening with background information and related critical issues.  The 'Policy Domains' addressed include: Climate adaptation science policy; Planning and decision-making; Comprehensive land use planning and building regulation; Water resource management; Transportation and other infrastructure; Conservation of natural lands and marine systems; Beaches and beach management; Emergency preparedness and response; Insurance; State funding and financing; Economic development, health, and social effects; and Organizing state government. 

Prevalent climate impacts on Florida's coasts are described upfront and in the Appendix - including sea level rise, and hurricanes in particular, as well as secondary effects such as wetland inundation and storm surge.  Appendix 1 provides more detail on climate science and anticipated impacts. 



Publication Date: 2008

Related Organizations:

  • Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU
  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU)


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  • Planning guides

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