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North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities, and is a resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state's coastal ecosystems.   The program's initiatives and projects include a broad range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and coastal hazards.

 

 

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North Carolina Coastal Resources, Law, Planning and Policy Center

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center is a partnership of the North Carolina Sea Grant, the UNC School of Law and UNC Department of City and Regional Planning. The Center conducts research, education and public service projects that analyze legal issues affecting the use, conservation and management of ocean and coastal resources in North Carolina. It provides informational support to state agencies, state advisory groups, local governments, the legal community and community organizations in their efforts to address ocean, coastal and development issues.

 

 

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North Carolina Flood Risk Information System

May 19, 2014

In North Carolina, the state developed a Flood Risk Information System to improve the accuracy and functionality of the state's floodplain maps, and to help local governments and state agencies make decisions about how to reduce flood losses (or mitigate flood risks). The state digitized the floodplain maps developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) using high-resolution LiDAR data for the entire state, and developed this System to make the maps more accurate and easier to use. This System incorporates additional data layers not included on FEMA floodplain maps - such as flood depth damage information determined from building footprints, parcel information, and first floor elevations.

Related Organizations: State of North Carolina

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Handbook for Local Governments in North Carolina

June 2013

The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed this handbook to help local governments in North Carolina with adaptation planning. It provides local governments with information on how climate change might impact their communities, along with strategies that can be implemented to address these potential impacts. 

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sierra C. Woodruff, Anna K. Schwab, Dylan Sandler

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Community Resilience Pilot Project Wilmington, North Carolina

February 2013

This pilot project, sponsored by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifies potential risks from sea level rise to the water and wastewater infrastructure in coastal communities of North Carolina, and provides potential adaptation measures to reduce the risks to existing assets as well as future service areas. The City of Wilmington in partnership with New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), requested assistance from USEPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to help identify adaptation strategies that could help to reduce the vulnerability of water and wastewater infrastructure to potential SLR and more intense storms.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future

August 2012

The North Carolina Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) - a group of 11 state and federal agencies - developed this coordinated climate adaptation strategy providing a framework for planning an integrated climate adaptation response for North Carolina. The report discusses how the state can proactively prepare for projected impacts of climate variability and weather extremes, with the emphasis on practical, economically feasible options that can be undertaken by state agencies, working with willing partners at local, regional, and federal levels.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Interagency Leadership Team (ILT)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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French Broad River MPO Long Range Transportation Plan – Climate Change Chapter

September 23, 2010

The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which includes Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area, included a climate change chapter in its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), adopted in 2010. The chapter identifies the impacts that climate change has already caused in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and concludes that the primary future impact in the region will be climate variability. The chapter considers the risks expected to increase with greater temperature and precipitation variability, and identifies steps the MPO can take to adapt its infrastructure.

Related Organizations: French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Fish and Wildlife in North Carolina

2010

Prepared by the Defenders of Wildlife for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the NC Wildlife Action Plan Workshop Steering Committee, this report provides a thorough overview of climate change impacts and recommended planning approaches for fish and wildlife in North Carolina.  

Related Organizations: Defenders of Wildlife, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: A. DeWan, N. Dubois, K. Theoharides, J. Boshoven.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NCSU Climate Change and Society Professional Science Master's Program

The Climate Change and Society Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree program at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is a multidisciplinary one year program of academic training in the emerging field of climate adaptation. The degree program is intended for students interested in careers in planning or policy and professionals working in government agencies or private sector firms concerned with any aspect of planning or setting policies affected by global climate change. The program provides the training for combining climate change science and climate-sensitive social-economic sector information - for the development of sound decisions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

Related Organizations: North Carolina State University

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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. 

Related Organizations: Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (East Carolina University), University of North Carolina

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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