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Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

May 21, 2018

From the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service, this report describes how climate change and associated sea level rise and storm surge can affect coastal U. S. National Park infrastructure, facilities, and resources. This analysis provides sea level rise projections for 118 park units and storm surge projections for 79 of those parks - from which storm surge maps for each site are included. These results are intended to inform adaptation planning for coastal parks and resources managed by the National Park Service.

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Maryland HB 1350/ SB 1006 - Sea Level Rise Inundation and Coastal Flooding - Construction, Adaptation, and Mitigation

April 5, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland will expand and strengthen its "Coast Smart" siting and design criteria to better manage sea level rise and improve coastal adaptation efforts. The legislation also requires the state to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion, and to build criteria for hazard mitigation funding for sea level rise and coastal flooding. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, local jurisdictions that experience nuisance flooding must submit a plan to address this climate impact.

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Conserving California’s Coastal Habitats - A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise

March 15, 2018

The Nature Conservancy in California and the California State Coastal Conservancy collaborated on this sea level rise vulnerability assessment of California’s coastal habitats, imperiled species, and conservation lands. This study is the first of its kind to assess the sea level rise vulnerability of all coastal habitats along the entire coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Vulnerability results were used to develop key strategies to protect coastal habitats and at-risk species from sea level rise and other stressors, as well as determine new priority areas to preserve these habitats.

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California Coastal Commission DRAFT Coastal Adaptation Planning Guidance: Residential Development

March 2018

In March 2018, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) released Draft Coastal Adaptation Guidance for Residential Development (Draft Guidance) to provide local governments sea-level rise adaptation strategies and example legal and policy tools for residential development. CCC is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency that exercises oversight for activities affecting California’s coast. Through the Draft Guidance, CCC seeks to provide state and local decisionmakers with tools to address the complexities associated with coastal land uses across approaches to residential development that are compounded by variation in the physical environment. Specifically, the Draft Guidance offers a range of legal and policy tools to help facilitate local planning for resilient shorelines and protect coastal resources, including through potential managed retreat strategies. The guidance explores the advantages and disadvantages of many adaptation options, and offers model policy language that could be used to implement best practices. The guidance and model policy language examples may be useful for other coastal jurisdictions planning for or regulating the impacts of sea-level rise on development as the language can be customized and adapted to specific situations and contexts. This guidance can assist coastal managers, local governments, and planners to address climate impacts within their jurisdictions and improve the resiliency of their coastlines and communities.

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California Sea-Level Rise Guidance - 2018 Update

March 14, 2018

The Ocean Protection Council’s 2018 update of the California Sea-Level Rise Guidance is designed in support of state agencies and local governments preparation for and adaption to sea-level rise (SLR). The report includes a step-by-step approach to SLR risk analysis, and incorporating these projections into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. Recommended adaptation strategies are given for priorities such as bolstering the resilience vulnerable communities and coastal habitats, and incorporating climate change impacts into project design and coastal planning.

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer Phillips

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Sea-Level Report Cards: Trends, projections, and processes to aid coastal planning

2018

This tool is created and maintained by the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and provides annual sea-level rise projections and trends for 32 localities across the nation where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains tidal gauges. The report cards are novel in that sea-level rise projections are presented on a local scale and expected to be updated annually (in January) as tidal gauge data becomes available. In comparison, similar data sets are often on a global scale and released after longer time spans.

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County of San Mateo, California Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

March 13, 2018

San Mateo County, California is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise as it is bound by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. This comprehensive 200+ page sea level rise vulnerability assessment offers a highly detailed analysis of the current and future coastal flooding and erosion risks for the County in terms of various sectors and networked infrastructure including critical infrastructure assets, impacts on human mental and physical health, vulnerable populations, and natural communities and ecosystems.

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Marin County, California Ocean Coast Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Report

February 27, 2018

Marin County’s “Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team” (C-SMART) is a multi-stakeholder, inter-governmental partnership that collaborates to determine sea level rise impacts and adaptation options for the county. This comprehensive analysis from C-SMART presents strategies for increasing resiliency of Marin’s coast with options to accommodate, protect against, or retreat from the threats of sea level rise and coastal hazards.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack Liebster, Alex Westhoff

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Coastal California Adaptation Policy Briefs

February 2018

The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions released a series of policy briefs for coastal planners to help them develop strategies for adapting to sea-level rise, including engineered, financial, and legal and regulatory strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Hartge, Jesse Reiblich

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Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

February 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analyzes "high tide flooding" (also known as "nuisance flooding") in this report, and finds that it is becoming more commonplace due to sea level rise. High tide flooding impacts roads, beaches, parks, and private property, and is generally more disruptive than damaging. However, there are places such as Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and the U. S Marshall islands where it is currently a serious problem. Even more, with continued sea level rise, flooding is likely to increase.

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, Greg Dusek, Jayantha Obeysekera, John Marra

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