New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES)
Based in coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ FRAMES is a collaborative project between the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, research institutions, and local communities to study and plan for future coastal hazards and flood vulnerability in the region. In 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded New Jersey a nearly $900,000 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant in support of adaptation planning for 15 municipalities in northeastern Monmouth County. The intended result of this program is a long-term Regional Resilience and Adaptation Action Plan that will identify how local communities can work together to reduce coastal hazards, flooding and storm surge.
The Two Rivers Council of Mayors in Monmouth County is an informal body of government comprised of the 15 focal communities surrounding two rivers - the Navesink and Shrewsbury River Basins. These communities are highly vulnerable to coastal storms and repetitive flooding events.
NJ FRAMES is using scenario planning and cost-benefit analyses to help the Two Rivers Council make resiliency investment decisions in the communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. First, the project is evaluating sea level rise (SLR) for the area with scenarios of 3, 7, and 12 feet above Mean Higher High Water in order to assess the people, places, and assets that could be flooded in near- and long-term projections.
As described further on the website, in addition to assessing the future height of SLR, researchers will also consider the rate of SLR for those assets that are most sensitive at lower water levels, such as coastal wetlands with emergent marsh species. To reflect the impact of 1-2 feet of SLR on these sensitive ecological resources, the project team will also include maps assessing marsh migration indices and other indicators of ecological resilience.
NJ FRAMES partners the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Louis Berger Group, the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Borough of Oceanport as the representative of the Two River Council of Mayors.
Publication Date: 2016
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- Rutgers University
- Scenario planning