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Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast

June 2012

This report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) reviews observed and projected changes for the Gulf Coast regional climate hazards, as well as potential impacts and adaptation options. It specifically details the impacts from sea level rise, wetland loss and hurricanes, and further examines the risks that climate change poses to the region’s energy and fishing industries. The report concludes that climate impacts are already occurring across these sectors, and outlines adaptation measures that can be implemented, while reducing the region’s vulnerability and the costs associated with future impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hal Needman, David Brown, Lynne Carter

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Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan – Projects to Protect Transportation Infrastructure

March 2012

In 2012, Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) developed a Coastal Master Plan to provide a system-wide plan for reducing hurricane flood risk and restoring land along the Louisiana coast. The Plan defines a set of coastal protection and restoration projects to be implemented by the state over the next 50 years.   Six of these projects create wetlands in order to protect sections of Louisiana’s highways. The criteria used for selecting projects consider future climate impacts.

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St. Bernard Parish Coastal Zone Management Program

2012

This document updates the Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) of St. Bernard Parish, outlining a plan to guide coastal development with restoration and protection, incorporating sea level rise planning for the Parish. The original CZMP was created in 1982 and has been a working program since its official approval in 1987. The program is subject to two year periodic review by the Louisiana Office of Coastal Management. 

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Jean Lafitte Tomorrow - Town Resiliency Plan

April 2013

The Town of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana created a comprehensive resiliency plan that reflects its “citizen’s shared vision of resilience,” as developed through a community-based stakeholder engagement process. Defining near- and long-term goals and objectives and explicit policy recommendations, the plan is a roadmap to resiliency for the Town’s economic, social, and ecological systems. The plan intends to preserve local bayou character and culture while reducing Jean Lafitte’s vulnerability to climate change related impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, and hurricanes.

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The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas

January 2011

This report presents EcoAdapt's synthesis of climate adaptation projects throughout North America's marine and coastal environments. The report provides an overview of key climate change impacts on the natural and built environments in marine and coastal U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and a thorough review of adaptation options available to marine and coastal managers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel M. Gregg, Lara J. Hansen, Kirsten M. Feifel, Jessica L. Hitt, Jessi M. Kershner, Alex Score, Jennie R. Hoffman

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Plan for the 21st Century - New Orleans 2030 (City of New Orleans, Louisiana Master Plan)

August 12, 2010

New Orleans, Louisiana’s “Plan for the 21st Century,” also referred to as the Master Plan, is a City Charter-mandated planning framework for New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental, and economic future. Sponsored by the City Planning Commission, the Master Plan is New Orleans' primary policy and planning document, intended to guide the city’s growth for the next 20 years. The Master Plan has proposed climate adaptation related measures represented across many sectors, and contains a chapter dedicated to Green Infrastructure, and another to Resilience.

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Gulf Coast Governors' Action Plan II: For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (2009-2014)

2009

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a network of federal agencies and Gulf Coast state agencies, resource managers and planners, prepared this 5-year regional plan for action that addresses several climate related issues facing the Gulf. The plan addresses four distinct challenges: 1) the need to maintain healthy Gulf Coast economies while using coastal resources sustainably; 2) the imperative of improving the health of Gulf ecosystems; 3) adapting to sea-level rise; and 4) mitigating the effects of decreased water quality.

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Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook

May 2008

This guidebook is a compilation of tools, techniques and policies that are available or could be developed by local governments to mitigate natural hazards. The strategies offered can be used to reduce the risks from coastal natural hazards such as storm surge, other flooding, subsidence and sea level rise, and are meant to serve as an extra layer of protection or another line of defense. Deemed a “self-help” guidebook, the strategies and techniques offer a flexible approach to be implemented by local governments and individuals without dependence on state or federal governments.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James G. Wilkins, Rodney E. Emmer, Dennis Hwang, George Paul Kemp, Barrett Kennedy, Hassan Mashriqui, Bruce Sharky

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Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection

2007

The 2007 Comprehensive Master Plan establishes priorities for coastal protection in Louisiana, presenting a series of recommended hurricane protection and coastal restoration measures. Maps and explanations of the measures, as well as a management strategy for implementing them are also provided. While emphasizing sustainability of ecosystems, flood protection, and communities, this plan proposes integrated flood control projects and coastal restoration initiatives for the long-term sustainability of  both human and natural communities.

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Advancing Community Adaptation - A Framework for Project Prioritization and Decision Making in coastal Louisiana

2018

Louisiana faces severe climate change impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events, and related flooding, subsidence, and coastal erosion. The Center for Planning Excellence and Dr. Denise Reed collaborated to develop this adaptation framework for coastal Louisiana, with a particular focus on non-structural elements and the communities impacted in the region.  This framework is a tool for a more holistic approach to planning coastal community resilience, and provides near- and long-term strategies for flood risk mitigation and implementing adaptation measures.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Denise Reed, Jeannette Dubinin, Camille Manning-Broome

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