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Coastal Resilience - Coastal Defense App

2014

Coastal Defense is an application for examining how coastal habitats such as oyster reefs, coral reefs, tidal marshes, mangroves, beach dunes, and seagrass help protect coastal areas by reducing wave energy hitting the shore. The Coastal Defense “app” is a module of the Coastal Resilience network and tool platform, developed in part by The Nature Conservancy. The app identifies the coastal protection value of existing reef and wetland habitats and allows users to design restoration solutions.

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Puerto Rico State of the Climate 2010-2013: Assessing Puerto Rico’s Social-Ecological Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate

2013

Puerto Rico’s State of the Climate report is a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for Puerto Rico as of 2013. It is comprised of three individual assessment reports focused on climate change impacts to Geophysical and Chemical Science, Ecology and Biodiversity, and the Economy and Society of the island territory. The overall assessment concludes that the coastal communities of Puerto Rico, critical infrastructure, economic development, tourism, natural resources and biodiversity, and cultural and historic resources are all vulnerable to climate change.

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Emerging Lessons for Local Policy Development

December 2013

This technical report analyzes the steps 14 coastal jurisdictions took to develop sea level rise adaptation initiatives. From the Marine Policy Institute at the Mote Marine Laboratory, the report synthesizes information for coastal planners interested in how other communities have started to adapt to rising seas.

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Plumb Beach Renourishment Project and Protection of Belt Parkway, Brooklyn, New York

2013

The Plumb Beach Renourishment Project involved the placement of sand on the beach to protect the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. The project, which is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), is ongoing and is being implemented in two phases. In Phase I, the Corps nourished the beach with dredged sand and installed several geotube groins (sand bags) to prevent short-term erosion of the newly-deposited sand. Phase I was completed days before hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast region.

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Northeast Florida Summary and Regional Action Plan - A Report of the Emergency Preparedness Committee on Sea Level Rise

November 2013

The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NFERC), a council of regional community leaders, began a sea level rise adaptation planning process with this action plan for the seven county region of Northeast Florida (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties).   NEFRC assigned sea level rise as a policy issue to the Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc. (RCI). RCI gave this task to its Emergency Preparedness Committee who reviewed and analyzed data on sea level rise, and then developed recommendations based on that analysis.

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Connecticut SB 1010 - An Act Concerning Sea Level Rise and the Funding of Projects by the Clean Water Fund (Public Act No. 13-15)

October 1, 2013

This Act amends the factors that the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must consider when establishing the priority list and ranking system for making Clean Water Fund (CWF) grants and loans for eligible water quality projects. Specifically, the law requires the Commissioner to consider sea level rise and the necessity of implementing measures to mitigate its impact when establishing the priority list and ranking system to determine projects that will receive grants and loans from the Clean Water Fund.

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California AB 691 - State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise

October 5, 2013

California Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assembly member Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown October 5, 2013. Effective January 1, 2014, this law will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission.

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Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience: Using the Full Array of Measures

September 2013

This US Army Corps of Engineers report details different measures for reducing coastal flooding and erosion risks, including natural or nature-based features (such as wetlands, dunes, and living shorelines), nonstructural interventions (such as land-use policies, building codes, and early warning systems), and structural measures (such as seawalls, levees, and breakwaters).    

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Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for Transportation Planning

September 2013

Developed by researchers at the University of Florida and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), this report details the development of a Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for assessing vulnerabilities of transportation facilities to sea level rise. This planning framework builds off of previous FDOT-funded research that was conducted in 2012 by Florida Atlantic University, and is detailed in the report Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure.

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Participatory mapping for adaptation to climate change: the case of Boe Boe, Solomon Islands

September 2013

Critics of top-down, expert-driven approaches to adaptation suggest the need for tools and methods capable of addressing the gap between scientific and local understanding of climate change. After a lengthy period in which participatory mapping in the context of climate change was overlooked, attention has now turned to Participatory Three-Dimensional Modeling (P3DM) for adaptation planning. P3DM consists in a community-based process resulting in a 3D-scaled and geo-referenced relief model. Because of its relative accuracy and the possibility of being translated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), P3DM adds credibility to locally produced content and provides a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Author or Affiliated User: Antonella Piccolella

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