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A Sense of Place at Risk - Perspectives of residents of coastal Louisiana on nonstructural risk reduction strategies

April 14, 2016

Supported by Oxfam America, this study documented the views of residents from three vulnerable Louisiana coastal parishes - Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Plaquemines.   These parishes face extreme coastal land loss from flooding and sea level rise, and other critical climate and social impacts. The study focuses on nonstructural coastal flooding mitigation measures, such as restoring coastal marshlands. A series of interviews were conducted to investigate how residents understand and respond to the challenges of sea level rise and climate change.

Related Organizations: Oxfam America

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan - Beach SAMP (Draft)

2016

The Beach SAMP is being developed to support the coastal communities of Rhode Island in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Plan provides guidance and tools for coastal municipalities and state agencies to prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea level rise and the increased frequency and severity of coastal storm events. The study area for this plan includes the entire coastal zone of Rhode Island and all 21 coastal communities. The SAMP has been designed to be a guidance and planning document rather than a regulatory document with policies, regulations or standards, in order to provide the flexibility to local and state decision makers to identify strategies most appropriate for each community.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Maryland Coast Smart Community Scorecard

The Coast Smart Community Scorecard is a self-assessment tool for coastal communities in Maryland that offers a practical method to assess preparedness for coastal hazards and climate change impacts. The Scorecard provides a mechanism for planners, natural resource managers, emergency management professionals and other local officials to identify ways that they can integrate coastal hazard impacts into existing planning, management, and regulatory programs.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

March 2016

As of March 2016, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is providing up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program. These grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awards were made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through land and ocean use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other regional, state, or community planning efforts.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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San Francisco Sea Level Rise Action Plan

March 2016

Led by San Francisco Planning and San Francisco Public Works, the Sea Level Rise Action Plan describes the objectives for future sea level rise and coastal flooding planning and mitigation in the City and County of San Francisco, California. The plan summarizes current climate science, relevant policies and regulations, and vulnerability and risk assessments conducted to date; provides a roadmap with both short-term and long-term sea level rise adaptation actions; and establishes a framework for further assessment, adaptation planning, and implementation.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco, California, San Francisco Department of Public Works

Resource Category: Planning

 

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C40 Good Practice Guide: Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities

March 1, 2016

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has developed a series of eleven Good Practice Guides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate vulnerabilities. Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities provides a review of successful approaches drawn from the experiences of cities engaged in C40’s Connecting Delta Cities Network, which are relevant for coastal river delta cities around the world.   The good practices shared in the report range from strategies to complete case studies from cities such as Jakarta, Copenhagen, London and New York.

Related Organizations: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is a public access site with hundreds of resources from Sea Grant institutions and partnerships.  These resources or tools are primarily short reports on coastal resilience best practices and projects conducted through Sea Grant programs. The “Tools” available on the site include: Decision Support Tools, Technical Assistance, Guides and Manuals, Training, Communities of Practice, Data and Assessments, and Legal Services.   “Legal Services” has sectoral legal information and reviews of common law tools from Sea Grant partners.

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Tidewater Rising Resiliency Design Challenge

January 2016

Wetlands Watch, Hampton University, and Old Dominion University collaborated to develop flooding resiliency designs for Chesterfield Heights, a neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. The Norfolk region has been named the 10th most at risk from sea level rise of the world’s port cities by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This design proposal emphasizes adaptation solutions that protect the region’s coastal ecosystems, as well as conducting flooding and sea level rise adaptation at the street and parcel level.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Mason Andrews, Mujde Erten-Unal

Resource Category: Planning

 

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BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides Program

2010

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program is focused on helping shoreline communities in the San Francisco Bay area, spanning 10 California counties, to plan for sea-level rise and other climate impacts. Since 2010, the ART Program leads and supports multi-sector, cross-jurisdictional projects that build local and regional capacity in the SF Bay Area to plan for and implement adaptation responses. ART evaluates potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks; identifies effective adaptation strategies that will lead to stronger, more resilient shoreline communities; and develops adaptation planning tools and resources that are useful to communities throughout the Bay Area.

Related Organizations: Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies: Case Studies

November 25, 2015

This National Park Service report reviews the successful implementation of coastal climate adaptation strategies through 24 case studies of coastal adaptation projects in National Parks. The adaptation efforts described include historic structure preservation, archeological surveys, baseline data collection and documentation, habitat restoration, engineering solutions, redesign and relocation of infrastructure, and development of broad management plans that consider climate change.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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