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Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

May 2009

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

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The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast

May 2009

Provided by the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Center, this study includes a detailed analysis of California's infrastructure, property, and current population at risk from projected sea-level rise, as well as the cost of building structural measures to reduce that risk. Specifically, it identifies the risks of flooding and erosion to specific populations, roads, railways, power plants, water treatment plants, ports and airports, emergency and healthcare facilities, wetlands, coastal and San Francisco Bay properties, and groundwater aquifers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter H. Gleick, Eli Moore

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise - Hawaii

April 2009

Published by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) at the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program, this project analyzed legislation proposed to change Hawaii's coastal setback laws. ICAP prepared this whitepaper at the request of then Senator Shan Tsutsui, whose office sought a technical evaluation of Senate Bill 468 (relating to shoreline setbacks). ICAP finds that SB 468 as originally introduced would have a beneficial net impact on coastal resiliency for the State of Hawai‘i.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dennis Hwang, Maxine Burkett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment

June 2009

This report presents a suite of federal, state and local policy actions to enhance the resilience of human and natural systems to the effects of climate change and variability for marine and coastal environments. Strategies discussed include: investments in habitat restoration, permitting decisions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the purchase of coastal lands, controls for reducing non-point and point source pollution upstream of intertidal estuaries, the inspection and prevention of invasive species, marine protected areas (MPAs), incentive‐based fishery management policies, and in general a better definition of rights to marine and coastal resources that creates stewardship incentives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Kling, James N. Sanchirico

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Socio-Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in the Galveston Bay Region

June 2009

This report seeks to illustrate the impact that climate change can have on communities in the Galveston Bay region. It focuses on two scenarios of sea-level rise,. 69 meters and 1. 5 meters, and the associated socio-economic impact on the Galveston Bay area for the next 100 years. For each of the model scenarios estimates are given for the impact on displaced populations; the number of buildings impacted and building-related economic losses; industrial, hazardous, superfund, solid waste sites; and water treatment plants.

Authors or Affiliated Users: David W. Yoskowitz, James Gibeaut, Ali McKenzie

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Coastal and Estuarine Observing in North Carolina - Integrating Observations and Science to Understand our Coastal Environment

June 2009

This white paper recognizes North Carolina’s estuaries and coastal ocean as ecologically diverse and economically important systems for the state.  Observing the state's coastal and estuary environments is discussed in relation to protecting human lives, climate change impacts, and sustaining healthy coastal ecosystems. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lynn Leonard, Jennifer Dorton, Stephen Culver, Robert Christian

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners

May 2009

'Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners' provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. The focus of this guidebook is global, and resources and climate data are not specific to the U.S., however, the methodology is applicable.

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Climate Ready Communities: A Strategy for Adapting to Impacts of Climate Change on the Oregon Coast

January 2009

Developed by the Oregon Coastal Management Program, this report is designed to help Oregon's local decision-makers prepare adaptation plans and state agencies to coordinate their infrastructure plans with local adaptation initiatives. Key objectives of this strategy are: 1) to enable coastal local governments to prepare adaptation plans by 2015 to account for the effects of climate change on property, infrastructure, habitats, and resources; and 2) to ensure that public infrastructure and investment decisions made by the State of Oregon are coordinated with local government climate change adaptation plans.

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.1: Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region

January 2009

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U. S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), collaborated on this report that discusses the impacts of sea-level rise on the physical characteristics of the coast, on coastal communities, and the habitats that depend on them in Mid-Atlantic coastal environments.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James G. Titus, K. Eric Anderson, Donald R. Cahoon, Dean B. Gesch, Stephen K. Gill, Benjamin T. Gutierrez, E. Robert Thieler, S. Jeffress Williams

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EPA Climate Ready Estuaries - Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

January 2009

This 2009 report by the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides an overview of climate change impacts on coastal areas and presents adaptation options relevant to various estuarine management goals, including: maintaining/restoring wetlands, maintaining sediment transport, preserving coastal land and development (including infrastructure, maintaining shorelines (hard and soft measures), managing invasive species, preserving habitat for vulnerable species, maintaining water quality, and maintaining water availability.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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