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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

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Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware: Technical Report

2017

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) first developed Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware in 2009.  In 2016-2017, a new Delaware Sea Level Rise Technical Committee was convened to update the scenarios based on the latest scientific research and modeling. Led by Delaware Geological Survey and DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs, the Committee and these sea-level rise (SLR) planning scenarios respond to 2013 Executive Order 41 - which requires Delaware state agencies to factor SLR into capital improvement projects and land use decisions, and for DNREC to periodically update SLR scenarios with the best scientific data available.

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Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

December 2016

The World Resource Institute released a report discussing actions that the federal government can take to promote local resilience initiatives on December 15, 2016.  The report describes the federal actions that have been taken to promote state and local resilience initiatives by the Obama administration and describes ways that the new administration can build upon and enhance these efforts.  The report also includes case studies from around the country about ways that cities, states and tribal governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claiborne Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Tampa, Florida

December 12, 2016

The City of Tampa, Florida, with support from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, conducted this assessment to project sea level rise and flooding impacts for the region through 2040. A property damage assessment is included to quantify local economic impacts on the communities and critical infrastructure. The Planning Commission ultimately proposes that the City of Tampa make changes in its code to reflect sea level rise and flooding preparedness.

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Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens the Tri-State Region

December 5, 2016

This report identifies the places in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area that are most at risk of being permanently flooded by sea level rise, and describes the effects of 1, 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise on neighborhoods, employment centers and infrastructure.

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Changing Shorelines: Adaptation Planning for Maine’s Coastal State Parks

December 1, 2016

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) collaborated with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Geological Survey, and Maine Natural Areas Program to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for select coastal parks and historic sites on Maine’s shoreline.  Climate adaptation strategies and guidance were developed to help to protect these areas, and are presented in this report along with the assessment findings.  The study sites are considered to have significant natural and historical resources and to be at risk to climate impacts such as more frequent storms, storm surges, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Slovinsky, Kathleen Leyden, Stephen Dickson, Ryan Gordon, Don Cameron

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Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Project Phase 2 Report: Recommendations, Accomplishments and Lessons Learned

October 19, 2016

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project was a two-year project to develop an adaptive planning strategy for sea level rise and recurrent flooding - through the collaboration of academic, military, government, and community partners. The Pilot sought to develop resilience and preparedness measures at the regional level with emphasis on impacts to national security and the economy, and to create a framework or template for intergovernmental strategic planning that could be used outside the region.

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Rhode Island: Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 28, 2016

From Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, Technical Paper 167: “Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge” analyzes the estimated geographic extent of sea level rise in relation to transportation infrastructure in the state over the next century. The study found that sea level rise presents a major challenge to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure, both via daily tidal flooding of coastal assets, and in making storm surge events more severe.

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City of Coral Gables: Legal Considerations Surrounding Adaptation to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

September 28, 2016

This comprehensive report discusses the policy options available to the City of Coral Gables, Florida, as it prepares for sea level rise and other effects of climate change. It also explores potential legal issues likely to arise as climate change adaptation measures are implemented. It explores these challenges in light of Coral Gables’s (and all of South Florida’s) unique vulnerability to climate change, as a result of its low elevation above current sea level and its porous limestone base, which makes protecting areas of South Florida like Coral Gables with sea walls, dikes, or canals impractical.

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2016 City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Assessment

September 2016

The City of Imperial Beach is a mostly residential community located in San Diego County, California. With 1. 5 miles of coastline and waterbodies adjacent to three sides of the city, Imperial Beach is vulnerable to climate change-induced sea-level rise and flooding. This assessment projects sea-level rise along the coastline, assesses the associated risks to coastal resources and development, and evaluates adaptation strategies. Proposed near-term policy approaches include updating the zoning code with hazard zone overlays, developing a beach management plan, and working with state and federal partners to address vulnerabilities.

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