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Sea Level Rise in the Treasure Coast Region (Florida)

December 5, 2005

This report was prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in southeast Florida to support the EPA's national effort encouraging local government long-term planning for and awareness of sea-level rise. Mapping tools were used to distinguish areas of the Treasure Coast region likely to be protected from erosion, inundation, and flooding, from those areas where natural shoreline retreat is likely to take place. Results presented in this report are intended to stimulate local government planners and citizens in the region to think about the problems associated with sea-level rise, diminish loss of life and property from coastal hazards, and to ensure the long-term survival of coastal wetlands.

Related Organizations: Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

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South Florida Sea Level Rise Project Final Report

September 2005

This report presents the results of a study conducted by the South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) to distinguish areas that are likely to experience erosion, inundation and flooding due to sea level rise in the region. The Study Area included the three counties in the SFRPC’s region: Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County, Florida.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Monroe County, Florida

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Future Sea Level Rise and the New Jersey Coast

June 2005

This study presents an assessment of potential impacts of sea level rise on the New Jersey coast.   Using historical flood data, digital elevation models, and climate change projections, the authors found that sea level rise will submerge 1-3% of coastal lands, and 6. 5-9% of coastal land will be affected by periodic flooding.   The study looks at Cape May Point as a case study for potential impacts on socioeconomic and natural resources that would be relevant to other coastal areas.   Finally, the authors broadly identify a gradual retreat strategy for adaptation.

Related Organizations: Princeton University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew J.P. Cooper, Michael D. Beevers, Michael Oppenheimer

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Striking a Balance - A Guide to Coastal Dynamics and Beach Management in Delaware

2004

This report provides historical background and knowledge of coastal dynamics and beach management in Delaware, outlines the forces affecting Delaware's beaches - including the balance between development and protection of coastal resources, and explains statewide coastal management policies and the measures taken to mitigate the effects of erosion.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems

August 2003

Designed by the World Wildlife Fund for natural resource managers who are ready to confront the impacts of climate change, this manual brings together assessments and initial adaptation strategies for various ecosystems. Written by experts, and with 200+ pages, this manual introduces practical ideas to increase the resiliency of ecosystems and protected areas in response to the threat of climate change.

Related Organizations: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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Methods of assessing human health vulnerability and public health adaptation to climate change

2003

This publication provides practical information to governments, health agencies and environmental and meteorological institutions in both industrialized and developing countries on how to assess vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change at the regional, national and local levels. Flexible methods and tools are described to achieve better understanding of the current and future vulnerability of specific populations. This will help institutions and agencies to identify appropriate and effective adaptation strategies, policies and measures.

Related Organizations: Health Canada, World Health Organization (WHO)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sari Kovats, Kristie L. Ebi, Bettina Menne

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National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the Atlantic Coast

1999

One of three national assessments of U. S. coastal regions conducted in the late 1990's, this assessment focused on the Atlantic coastline, while the other two focused on the Gulf Coast and Pacific coastlines. The overall goal of these studies was to identify those portions of the U. S. coastal regions at risk and the nature of that risk (e. g. , inundation, erosion, etc. ). The long-term goal of this study is to predict future coastal changes with a degree of certainty useful for coastal management, following an approach similar to that used to map national seismic and volcanic hazards.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: E. Robert Thieler, Erika S. Hammar-Klose

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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Climate Change and California Water Resources: A Survey and Summary of the Literature

July 2003

Produced for the California Energy Commission, this study identifies issues and research related to climate change impacts on water systems in California. Related informational resources are listed, including a number of reports that outline impacts of climate change on water resources.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Kiparsky, Peter H. Gleick

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Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Strategies in New York State

The “Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State" project was undertaken by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) ClimAID science team.   The vulnerability assessment considers the effects of climate change on New York, including rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, and changing weather patterns. The project draws upon both local experience and scientific knowledge by involving numerous stakeholders in eight key sectors: agriculture, communications, ecosystems, energy, ocean coastal zones, public health, transportation, and water resources.

Related Organizations: Columbia University, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Cornell University, The City University of New York

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