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North Carolina Sea Level Rise Assessment Report - 2015 Update

March 31, 2015

This report responds to a charge from the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) specifying that sea level rise (SLR) projections be developed for a 30- year timeframe - and to the N. C. General Assembly Session Law 2012-202 (which prevented the CRC from taking any regulatory action before July 1, 2016).  Sea level is rising along the entire coast of North Carolina, and the variation in the extent of localized sea level rise and causes of variation are described. The report describes sea level rise dynamics, the use of tide gauges, future projections of SLR in North Carolina, and how to make sense of these predictions - in an approachable fashion.

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Tracking Coastal Adaptation: Implementing California’s Innovative Sea Level Rise Planning Database

May 2015

Tracking Coastal Adaptation is a policy brief from the UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment regarding A. B. 2516, a 2014 law that requires California to develop a publicly accessible online database of sea-level rise planning actions taken by state agencies and selected other entities.  This policy brief provides recommendations to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), Ocean Protection Council (OPC), and California Legislature regarding how to harness A. B. 2516 to enhance coastal climate change preparedness in California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan M. Herzog, Susanne C. Moser, Sarah Newkirk

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Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission: Volume 1 - Report and Recommendations (Draft)

January 7, 2015

This draft report issued in January 2015 presents the work, findings, and recommendations of the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission. Organized into two volumes, Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices and Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups of Science and Technology, Legal and Regulatory, and Erosion Impacts.

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Application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marsh Model to Coastal Connecticut

February 2015

To help the state better understand climate change’s impacts on Connecticut's coast, Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission applied the Sea-Level Affecting Marsh Model (SLAMM). 

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Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Support Tool

Coastal Resilience is web-based mapping tool designed to help communities understand their vulnerability from coastal hazards, reduce their risk and determine the value of nature-based solutions - and is the global network of practitioners who are applying this approach. 

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

2015

The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper is an online mapping tool to view flooding hazards potential for the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Hawaiian coastal communities in the U.S. The mapper was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promote adaptation planning around coastal flood hazard risks and associated vulnerabilities.

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Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers report describes different coastal resilience measures that can be implemented to reduce risks from flooding and erosion.  It is designed to help policymakers use natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to enhance coastal resilience while minimizing impacts to the coastal environment. The report fills knowledge gaps about how NNBF can be used to reduce flooding and erosion risk and provides relevant information and studies to inform implementation of NNBF projects.

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Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit

2015

The Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit provides adaptation resources that communities can use to address climate impacts on coastal Louisiana. This toolkit highlights adaptation strategies, and offers guidance on how to use certain practices or policy strategies in concert with the natural environment of Louisiana’s coast to foster adaptation. In addition, the toolkit contains links to resources on each of the coastal impacts covered in this document, and funding options to implement these adaptation strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Garrett C. Wolf, Craig E. Colten

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Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 979, Bill 2461, 2014)

December 5, 2014

The County of Kaua'i, Hawaii passed a Shoreline Setback Ordinance (effective December 5, 2014) that strengthens the county's shoreline setback requirements. The purpose of the updated bill is to "protect life and property, ensure the longevity and integrity of Kauai’s coastal and beach resources and strengthen current shoreline setback requirements by incorporating science-based erosion rates established in the Kauai Coastal Erosion Study, and current coastal hazard mitigation best practices and strategies.

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Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

October 2014

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the threat of tidal flooding in the East Coast and Gulf regions and offers steps that communities can take to adapt. The report makes the case that tidal flooding, currently just considered a nuisance, could become a daily or weekly occurrence, redefining how and where people along the coast “live, work, play, and move through their daily lives. " Data was collected in 52 locations to provide projections for sea level rise and tidal flooding in the region until 2045.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Melanie Fitzpatrick, Kristina Dahl

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