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Virginia Special Places in Peril: Jamestown, Chincoteague, and Shenandoah Threatened by Climate Disruption

September 2010

This report examines, in detail, the threats that climate change presents to Jamestown, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and Shenandoah National Park. For each of these impacts, the report identifies the potential economic losses that could result from the loss of ecosystems and tourism. The authors provide downscaled information about climate threats, including projected temperature increases for each of the three sites. Additionally, the report characterizes the threat sea-level rise and erosion pose to Jamestown and Chincoteague.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephen Saunders, Tom Easley, Theo Spencer

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Climate Ready Estuaries: A Blueprint for Change

September 2010

This report summarizes key findings and recommendations for climate change adaptation in the region surrounding North Carolina's Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP), which is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries Program. Recommendations to improve the area’s resilience and adaptation capacity, including specific recommendations to the APNEP policy board are included.

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Application of Ecological and Economic Models of the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise to the Delaware Estuary

June 2010

This report, produced for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, describes a new method of climate adaptation planning that draws from the assessment of natural resource damages associated with oil spills and other episodic events. The proposed framework combines the wetland change modeling in SLAMM (Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model) with traditional damage assessment methods using habitat equivalency analysis (HEA). By combining a marsh migration model with a habitat equivalency model, the framework was developed for identifying and valuing the cost of efforts to address potential changes in wetlands habitats.

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Climate Change and the Delaware Estuary: Three Case Studies in Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

June 2010

This report summarizes the major changes expected in the Delaware Estuary due to climate change as well as the threats to three key resources: tidal wetlands, drinking water and bivalve shellfish. These three resources served as case studies representative of the Estuary's habitats, human/water interaction, and living resources respectively, allowing investigation of climate change impacts and  potential adaptation strategies in the Estuary.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Danielle Kreeger, Jennifer Adkins, Priscilla Cole, Ray Najjar, David Velinsky, Paula Conolly, John Kraeuter

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Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks

May 2010

This case study analyzes Virginia local governments' authority to use existing land use powers to adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in Virginia’s Climate Action Plan. State and local government officials in other states may find the study helpful in determining how local government land use powers in their states may be used as part of a climate adaptation plan. .

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Sea Level Rise Ready: Model Comprehensive Plan Goals, Objectives, and Policies to address SLR Impacts in Florida

May 2010

'Sea Level Rise Ready' presents selected model comprehensive planning goals, objectives, and policies meant to address local sea level rise adaptation for a hypothetical city/county in Southwest Florida. It offers best practice examples from other jurisdictions that illustrate the use of SLR adaptation policies, and it concludes that “low or no regrets” actions can be implemented now and in many cases already have been taken by one or more local jurisdictions. Model Goal 1 creates a "Vulnerable Area" overlay for spatial planning, while Goals 2, 3, and 4 establish a framework for pursuing the adaptation strategies of Protection, Accommodation, and Managed Retreat within the overlay.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas Ankersen, Krystle Macadangdang, Melissa Newmons

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Virginia's Coastal Zone Management Program

June 2010

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) is a network of Virginia state agencies and local governments, established in 1986 through an Executive Order, which administers enforceable laws, regulations and policies that protect Virginia’s coastal resources and foster sustainable development. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) serves as the lead agency for the “networked program,” that manages the state’s coastal resources by administering the laws and regulations that protect wetlands, dunes, subaqueous lands, fisheries, and air and water quality - within the Virginia coastal zone.

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Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change, Vol. 2

June 2010

This resource is a collection of case studies that ran in the NOAA Coastal Services Center's (CSC) magazine 'Coastal Services. ' These stories document states' efforts to combat climate change and, in particular, sea-level rise. The solutions discussed are varied. On a national level, the CSC describes the work the EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program has done to help local estuary managers adapt to climate change. Meanwhile, ICLEI and the state of Oregon have developed new materials and programs that relate to communicating about issues related to coastal adaptation.

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Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of the Northern Gulf of Mexico to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Change

July 2010

This report, prepared by the U. S. Geologic Survey, uses an index to assess the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast - from Galveston, Texas to Panama City, Florida.   The Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) applied is based on six factors that influence the risk sea-level rise poses:  geomorphology, historical shoreline change rate, regional coastal slope, relative sea-level change, mean significant wave height, and mean tidal range.   CVI data can be used in at least two ways: (1) as a way of identifying areas where physical changes are most likely to occur as sea-level rises, and (2) as a planning tool for managing and protecting resources along the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Authors or Affiliated Users: E.A. Pendleton, J.A. Barras, S.J. Williams, D.C. Twichell

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Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability

March 2010

Created by the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group of the Executive Office of the President, under President Obama, this strategy document, or "roadmap," provides guidance to Working Group members to address policy, process, and legal hurdles to coastal restoration in the region. It outlines specific actions to take place over 18 months in 2010 and part of 2011 for these participating agencies. It also lays the foundation for a long-term vision to be achieved jointly with the states in the region.

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