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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. 

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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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California AB 2516: Planning for Sea Level Rise Database

September 21, 2014

CA A.B. 2516 directs the creation of a Planning for Sea Level Rise Database by the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, to describe the steps being taken throughout the state to prepare for, and adapt to, sea level rise. This bill requires the database to be created by January 1, 2016, updated biannually, and posted online.  

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Maryland and the Surging Sea: A Vulnerability Assessment with Projections for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk

September 2014

Climate Central has launched the Surging Seas Risk Finder tool for the state of Maryland, along with this high-level summary report of findings on coastal flooding risk and sea level rise impacts for the state. The report presents some of the major categories and highlights, with a focus on exposure below 5 and 9 feet. The Surging Seas Risk Finder presents thousands of combinations of analysis results by geography, water level, and variable. The tool has much more detailed and localized findings for Maryland - accessible via: http://sealevel.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Strauss, C. Tebaldi, S. Kulp, S. Cutter, C. Emrich, Daniel Rizza, D. Yawit

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