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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada's South Coasts

April 7, 2013

Commissioned by the B. C. Ministry of Environment, this Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer is a resource for local governments and land management authorities which provides information on a range of tools that can be used as part of a sea level rise adaptation strategy.   The primer was developed to support climate change adaptation decision-making by agencies that regulate shoreline and floodplain development in British Columbia's coastal areas. Because of the unique cross-Canada partnership that was formed to direct the project, the primer will also be relevant in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document 2013 Update

March 15, 2013

The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT), with scientific support from the CA Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust.

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Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force Report

Janaury 14, 2013

Connecticut’s Shoreline Preservation Task Force was formed in February 2012 to address the impact of climate change on shoreline communities, and specifically to make legislative recommendations to manage storm impacts on shoreline homeowners and businesses.

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How Countries, States, and Florida Address Sea Level Rise: A Compendium of Climate Adaptation Research

2013

The Compendium is a comprehensive list of national, state and local sea level rise adaptation planning resources assembled by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Each briefly summarized, there are 24 reports and plans described for the state of Florida, as well as adaptation plans for four cities and 18 reports regarding Florida at the county and regional level. Twelve states are reviewed with multiple resources for each described, including hazard mitigation plans, vulnerability assessments, response strategies and more.

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Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan

May 22, 2012

Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan, also titled 'Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast,' is a landmark 50-year, $50 billion blueprint for a sustainable coast. This plan, prepared by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature in May 2012. While building off previous plans, the 2012 Coastal Master Plan is the most comprehensive to date, offering solutions to Louisiana’s coastal environmental and engineering challenges.

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Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification Report – “Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action”

November 2012

The Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel, which was convened by former governor Christine Gregoire in February 2012, released this report in November 2012 to detail its findings and recommendations for addressing the sources of and adapting to the impacts of ocean acidification.

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Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Action Plan: Planning for a Shifting Shoreline and Coastal Storms

October 24, 2012

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program updated their 1991 Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) to implement strategies to reduce the severity of impacts of future storms and sea level rise on the coast and on existing and future coastal development. The Plan includes new or updated goals, objectives, and management solutions to meet the environmental needs for Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed throughout the next decade.

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Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

August 2, 2012

This article examines legal strategies to help state and local governments reconcile these governance challenges when adapting to sea level rise (SLR). In the context of Connecticut state law, this article examines how land use regulations can be used to ensure that coastal development is more resilient to SLR impacts and less harmful to coastal ecosystems.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Julia Wyman, Meagan Singer, Jena Shoaf, Colin Lynch

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Facing Our Future: Adaptive Planning for Sea Level Rise in Maui and Hawaii Counties

July 2012

A partnership was established between the County of Maui, County of Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program to prepare this coastal adaptation planning report. Recommendations are outlined which are intended to provide a foundation for improving shoreline planning for coastal hazards at the local level, focusing on sea level rise.  The recommendations were developed by coastal planners from the Counties of Maui and Hawaii, and are specific to issues that can be addressed within the context of the existing County regulatory frameworks.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tara M. Owens, Dennis Hwang, Andrew Bohlander, Anna Benesovska, James Buika, Bethany Morrison

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Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2012.29)

December 28, 2012

On behalf of the State of Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has signed the Executive Order (01. 01. 2012. 29) Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction on December 28, 2012 - a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. The Executive Order enacts a number of policy directives, including directing all State agencies to consider the risk of sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather to be taken into account in the construction or reconstruction of all state buildings and facilities - and structures to be elevated two or more feet above the 100-year base flood level.

Author or Affiliated User: Governor Martin O'Malley

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