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EPA Climate Ready Estuaries Rolling Easements Primer

June 2011

Developed through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program, this primer identifies approaches for inland migration of beaches and wetlands as sea level rises due to climate change. The report describes how these measures can be used by state and local governments in cases where traditional protective measures such as the construction of dikes, seawalls, and other structures may prove economically or environmentally unsustainable.

Author or Affiliated User: James G. Titus

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Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building the Legal Framework for Adaptation

June 2011

'Climate Change and the Puget Sound: Building a Legal Framework for Adaptation,' from the Center for Progressive Reform, identifies both foundational principles and specific strategies for climate change adaptation across the Puget Sound Basin.  This manual provides an analysis of adaptation options within the existing legal and regulatory framework in Washington state.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert L. Glicksman, Catherine O’Neill, Yee Huang, William L. Andreen, Robin Kundis Craig, Victor B. Flatt, William Funk, Dale Goble, Alice Kaswan, Robert R.M. Verchick

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Miami-Dade County Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk

March 3, 2011

With assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop for county department staff from across all sectors to learn about potential sea level rise (SLR) impacts on county assets and processes, provide input on a county-wide vulnerability assessment, and identify opportunities to adapt to SLR and other climate impacts. The workshop employed NOAA’s Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, which provides communities with a framework for conducting a participatory assessment of community vulnerability to coastal hazards as well as an approach for incorporating relevant risk information into local planning.

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Initial Estimates of the Ecological and Economic Consequences of Sea Level Rise on the Florida Keys

February 3, 2011

The study, by the Nature Conservancy, is intended to catalyze interest in examining sea level rise impacts and developing adaptation strategies for the Florida Keys and similar islands in Florida and around the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Basin.   In 2007, the Conservancy acquired high-resolution Digital Elevation Models derived from airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data for Big Pine Key. Future shoreline locations and distribution of major habitats of Big Pine Key in the year 2100 were estimated using sea level rise scenarios described in the scientific literature.

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Bergh

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Vulnerability Assessment for the Saco Bay, Maine Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough – Vulnerable Transportation Infrastructure

April 13, 2011

This vulnerability assessment was conducted by the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), and assessed the vulnerability of Saco Bay communities to sea-level rise (SLR), flooding and erosion. The assessment looked at vulnerabilities for the towns of Saco, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, and Biddeford. This Saco Bay region contains the largest contiguous stretch of beaches and coastal wetlands in the state and has experienced some of the state’s most severe erosion problems. Although the focus on the study was on the vulnerability of the communities as a whole, part of the assessment identified roads in the region that will be vulnerable to inundation under different SLR scenarios.

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Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects

April 4, 2011

The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change, along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay. The 'Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects' provides grantees and Conservancy staff clarification, information and resources to assist in understanding and applying the Conservancy’s adopted Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria.

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A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida

April 2011

Southeast Florida with its populous coastal counties, subtropical environment, porous geology and low topography is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially sea level rise. At the October 23, 2009 Southeast Florida (SE FL) Regional Climate Leadership Summit, the local diversity in sea level rise (SLR) projections was highlighted as a concern and a barrier to achieving regionally consistent adaptation policies. Following the summit, the four counties of Southeast Florida (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) entered into the SE FL Regional Climate Change Compact to work cooperatively to address climate concerns in the region.

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Adapting to Rising Tides: Transportation Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Pilot Project

November 2011

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center to work with San Francisco Bay Area shoreline communities on planning for sea level rise and other climate change related impacts in a project called Adapting to Rising Tides (ART). The project involves evaluating potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks while identifying effective adaptation strategies. ART develops and refines adaptation planning tools and resources that will be useful to communities throughout the Bay Area, ultimately to protect ecosystem and community services.

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Virginia Living Shorelines Initiative

2011

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) was directed by SB 964 in 2011 to develop and implement a general permit regulation that authorizes and encourages the use of living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines. In 2015 and again in 2017 the VMRC established permitting regulations pursuant to SB 964. The Living Shoreline Group 1 (2015) and 2 (2017) General Permits for Certain Shoreline Treatments are regulations which streamline the permitting process incentivizing property owners to utilize a living shoreline approach to manage shoreline erosion, and promote tidal wetland vegetation to restore or enhance ecosystem services.

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Managed Retreat Strategies

This NOAA website explains the concept of managed retreat as an adaptation strategy to address issues caused by sea-level rise and increased storm surge and erosion. It describes two case studies of managed retreat projects in Pacifica and Ventura California.

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