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Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science

April 2017

This report is a synthesis of the current state of the science on sea-level rise and updated projections for California - produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team, supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust.  The date in this report provides the scientific foundation for updating California’s statewide sea-level rise policy guidance - the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The Guidance documented was updated in 2018 to reflect the recent advances in science around ice loss science and sea-level rise found in this assessment.

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

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Impact Investing for Coastal Conservation: Bridging the Gap

This paper provides a framework for conservation financing in coastal areas that could leverage private sector interests with conservation needs. A few examples of successfully implemented private investments in conservation initiatives are included. Conservation investing is a subset of impact investing, and is defined as “investments in companies, funds, and organizations with the goal of generating a financial return and beneficial environmental impact. ” The paper describes the opportunities and challenges surrounding using private investment capital for natural and nature-based shoreline management approaches such as habitat restoration, conservation, and coastal resilience strategies.

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

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Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens the Tri-State Region

December 5, 2016

This report identifies the places in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area that are most at risk of being permanently flooded by sea level rise, and describes the effects of 1, 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise on neighborhoods, employment centers and infrastructure.

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Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

December 2016

The World Resource Institute released a report discussing actions that the federal government can take to promote local resilience initiatives on December 15, 2016.  The report describes the federal actions that have been taken to promote state and local resilience initiatives by the Obama administration and describes ways that the new administration can build upon and enhance these efforts.  The report also includes case studies from around the country about ways that cities, states and tribal governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claiborne Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Tampa, Florida

December 12, 2016

The City of Tampa, Florida, with support from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, conducted this assessment to project sea level rise and flooding impacts for the region through 2040. A property damage assessment is included to quantify local economic impacts on the communities and critical infrastructure. The Planning Commission ultimately proposes that the City of Tampa make changes in its code to reflect sea level rise and flooding preparedness.

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The time to start is now: How implementing natural infrastructure solutions can improve and protect our coasts

2016

This article discusses the value of integrating natural coastal hazard defense solutions - beaches, dunes, reefs and mangroves for example - to manage climate impacts such as sea level rise, flooding, or generally, wave attenuation.  Natural infrastructure engineering guidelines that include performance evaluation are called for in order to begin to integrate these cost-effective methods into resilient coastal community planning.   

Author or Affiliated User: Shannon Cunniff

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Changing Shorelines: Adaptation Planning for Maine’s Coastal State Parks

December 1, 2016

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) collaborated with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Geological Survey, and Maine Natural Areas Program to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for select coastal parks and historic sites on Maine’s shoreline.  Climate adaptation strategies and guidance were developed to help to protect these areas, and are presented in this report along with the assessment findings.  The study sites are considered to have significant natural and historical resources and to be at risk to climate impacts such as more frequent storms, storm surges, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Slovinsky, Kathleen Leyden, Stephen Dickson, Ryan Gordon, Don Cameron

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Rhode Island: STORMTOOLS for mapping coastal flooding

2016

STORMTOOLS is a set of comprehensive mapping tools providing a series of maps and data sets that depict the sea level rise and storm surge in Rhode Island. The site now features a set of data layers for municipalities. STORMTOOLS is intended as a way to make the data outputs of a complex set of modeling processes freely available, and is designed to help homeowners and municipalities in Rhode Island better understand their risks from coastal storms and flooding, and to plan for sea level rise.

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