Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Grant Program promoted a national competition to fund technical assistance projects as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. NOAA Sea Grant made $1,000,000 available to fund coastal climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013.

This climate adaptation initiative selected projects that identified and addressed the vulnerabilities a coastal community may face in adapting to climate change. Projects were carried out in active partnership with local (county or municipal) leadership, and included cooperation with relevant state, NOAA, and other Federal agencies, or other organizations, as appropriate.

The following are examples of funded projects:

  • Shaktoolik, AK: Researchers evaluated local relocation efforts, shared lessons learned, and engaged with the community to produce a local adaptation plan.
  • Connecticut: Researchers analyzed shoreline change and turned their results into an educational module for use by the public and policy makers as a springboard for adaptation planning.
  • Tybee Island, GA: Researchers helped develop a municipal adaptation plan through community workshops and the use of cost-benefit analyses, vulnerability assessments, and sea-level rise modeling.

This competition had several priorities:

  • Project outcomes had to improve a specific coastal community's adaptive capacity.
  • Community leadership had to actively participate in the project.
  • Community leadership had to commit to consider incorporating project results into master plans, ordinances, or other community planning instruments, or implementing the results of the project in other concrete ways.
  • The project may serve as a model for other communities to carry out climate adaptation.

Announced in 2011, this opportunity funded projects in FY 2012-2013 and with a completion date of January 31, 2014.


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Publication Date: July 7, 2011

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