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Coastal California Adaptation Policy Briefs

February 2018

The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions released a series of policy briefs for coastal planners to help them develop strategies for adapting to sea-level rise, including engineered, financial, and legal and regulatory strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Hartge, Jesse Reiblich

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Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan

December 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Ipswich River Watershed Association, developed this adaptation plan for six coastal communities in northeastern Massachusetts (Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, Ipswich, and Rowley) that are in the Great Marsh and highly vulnerable to climate change. The report includes thorough reviews of vulnerability assessments of current and future coastal climate threats for the region and for each town. Near and long-term strategies that reduce risk and increase ecosystem and community resiliency are described for each of the six communities and regionally as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Taj Schottland, Christopher Hilke

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Living Shorelines Academy

November 2016

The Living Shoreline Academy is an interactive website that provides a range of tools for property owners, contractors, and state and local governments about how to design, build, permit, and maintain living shorelines to mitigate erosion on shoreline property.  "Living shorelines" use natural features combined with placement of stone or other small structures to provide shoreline protection that maintains and enhances important coastal ecosystem functions.  Living shorelines are a strategy that many states and communities are considering for enhancing coastal resilience to sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides Program

2010

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program is focused on helping shoreline communities in the San Francisco Bay area, spanning 10 California counties, to plan for sea-level rise and other climate impacts. Since 2010, the ART Program leads and supports multi-sector, cross-jurisdictional projects that build local and regional capacity in the SF Bay Area to plan for and implement adaptation responses. ART evaluates potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks; identifies effective adaptation strategies that will lead to stronger, more resilient shoreline communities; and develops adaptation planning tools and resources that are useful to communities throughout the Bay Area.

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Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST)

Developed at the University of Southern Maine with funding from the EPA, the COAST program predicts damages from varying amounts of sea level rise (SLR) and storms of various intensities, and evaluates relative benefits and costs of response strategies. Although it is a technical tool, COAST can connect the technical with the social, political, and economic realities of local adaptation. Stakeholders are involved when they parametrize the model. Being entirely driven by the participants, the tool uses locally derived data on vulnerable assets such as real estate, economic activity, infrastructure, and natural resources.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth

September 21, 2012

In August 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state Sea Grant College Programs of Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Texas hosted a two-day roundtable meeting of national experts from the fields of smart growth, hazard mitigation, climate change adaptation, and coastal management. The roundtable brought together these experts to share ideas about how coastal and waterfront communities could improve quality of life, use land and other resources efficiently, and create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from natural hazards related to coastal and waterfront flooding.

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Climate Change in Coastal Florida: Economic Impacts of Sea Level Rise

September 2008

Based on a study conducted by Florida State University in 2008, this publication synthesizes the analysis and  findings associated with sea-level rise and associated impacts to six counties along Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Key findings include more frequent storm surge events, increased storm damages, larger areas at risk for inundation, and more coastal property in harm's way.   The value of land at risk is presented in a summarized chart for three Florida counties (Dade, Duval, and Escambia County) using IPCC’s sea level rise scenarios (in 2005$).

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change in Coastal Areas in Florida: Sea Level Rise Estimation and Economic Analysis to Year 2080

August 2008

In this report the results of downscaled modeling efforts of the effect of sea level rise on six coastal counties in Florida are presented, including: Dade, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Monroe and Wakulla counties. Additionally, assessments of  the potential economic impacts that this phenomenon could have are presented. Using representative storms, estimates are provided of the damage that could be inflicted from storm surge and flooding, both of which will become more intense and more frequent as a consequence of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie Harrington, Todd L. Walton

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Florida's Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change

2008

This report presents a comprehensive policy framework to assist Florida state government first in assessing the likely impacts of climate change on its coastal regions and communities and then developing and adopting policies and programs that will enable the state, its communities, and its residents to adapt to and adaptively manage those impacts over the near and long term. This project is a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University and the project’s sponsor, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP).

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Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook

May 2007

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have collaborated in producing this handbook. The handbook introduces local officials and concerned citizens to No Adverse Impact (NAI) concepts, and suggests how a coastal community can use the NAI approach to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their coastal environments.

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