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Living With a Rising Bay: Vulnerability and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay and on its Shoreline

September 23, 2011

Living With a Rising Bay is a vulnerability assessment from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which focuses on the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area, and how local governments can respond. Specifically the report addresses the impacts of sea level rise on neighborhoods, job centers, transportation, water and waste water infrastructure, and vital ecosystem services. 

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Delaware Sea Level Rise Initiative

September 2011

The Delaware Coastal Programs Section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is leading a multi-year Sea Level Rise Initiative to help assess, prepare for and minimize the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Sea Level Rise Initiative Project Compendium was released in September 2011, which provides an inventory of all of Delaware Coastal Programs' projects related to sea level rise. It is intended to help increase collaboration between agencies, reduce redundancy and overlap in projects relating to sea level rise and to relay information about new data, information and tools.

Author or Affiliated User: Susan Love

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Retrospective and Prospective Model Simulations of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Gulf of Mexico Coastal Marshes and Forests in Waccasassa Bay, Florida

May 10, 2011

The State of Florida is especially threatened by sea level rise due to extensive low elevation coastal habitats (approximately 8,000 km2 < 1 m above sea level) where the majority of the human population resides. This paper used the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) simulation to improve understanding of the magnitude and location of these changes for 58,000 ha of the Waccasassa Bay region of Florida’s central Gulf of Mexico coast. To assess how well SLAMM portrays changes in coastal wetland systems resulting from sea level rise, the study conducted a hindcast in which they compared model results to 30 years of field plot data.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Laura Geselbracht, Kathleen Freeman, Eugene Kelly, Doria R. Gordon, Francis E. Putz

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Practical Guidance for Coastal Climate Smart Conservation Projects in the Northeast

December 15, 2011

'Practical Guidance for Coastal Climate-Smart Conservation Projects in the Northeast - Case Examples for Coastal Impoundments and Living Shorelines' is a report provided by an expert panel on coastal systems and climate change convened by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This guidance is an initial step to provide wildlife and natural resource managers some practical tools for conserving ecosystems and critical species in current and future projects.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Austin Kane, Karen Bennett, Karen Chytalo, Rob Hossler, Paula Jasinski, Zoe P. Johnson, Skip Stiles, Bhaskar Subramanian, Graham Taylor, John Torgan, Patty Glick

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Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

October 31, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

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Creation of “Adaptation Action Areas” in Florida's Community Planning Act

June 2, 2011

The 2011 Florida Legislature passed the Community Planning Act (CPA - HB 7207) making significant changes to the state’s growth management laws, including the addition of optional adaptation planning for coastal hazards and the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Adaptation Action Area (AAA), as defined in the CPA, is an optional comprehensive plan designation for areas that experience coastal flooding and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for prioritizing funding for infrastructure and adaptation planning.

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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

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Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies: FY 2011-2015

April 2011

The FY 2011-2015 Virginia Coastal Needs and Strategies report (for projects conducted between October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2016) was a product of Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Coastal Zone Management (CZM) program. The Assessment was reviewed and approved in April 2011 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA's) Ocean and Coastal Resource Management program. 

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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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