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Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

2019

This report issued by the U. S. Geological Survey and the U. S. Department of the Interior quantifies the value of U. S. coral reefs in protecting people and infrastructure from coastal hazards that will be exacerbated by climate change and sea-level rise including extreme weather events, flooding, and erosion. The report is intended to inform stakeholders and decision-makers of the value of coral reefs in reducing risk from coastal hazards, and to provide quantitative data that can be used to consider the role coral reefs should play in adaptation and risk mitigation planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Curt Storlazzi, Borja Reguero, Aaron Cole, Erik Lowe, James Shope, Ann Gibbs, Barry Nickel, Robert McCall, Ap R. van Dongeren, Michael Beck

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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From the ground up – How communities can collaborate to drive local adaptation and influence the national agenda

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has identified a series of strategies to help community-level organizations to increase climate resilience - which are reviewed in this policy brief. The analysis focusses on the Caribbean, but has widely applicable lessons for community-based adaptation elsewhere.

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Caribbean climate adaptation – The role of government

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has been researching, advocating and publishing on climate change adaptation policy in the Caribbean for over ten years. Some of their findings and resulting resources are presented on this CDKN Caribbean climate adaptation website about the role of government - described as a “knowledge package. ” This package which includes research papers, case studies, and decision-support tools, is the first of four planned knowledge packages on climate change in the Caribbean.

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Building climate resilience is integral to continued prosperity in the Caribbean

2017

The following summary was provided by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network:

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No-Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

May 2012

This report provides an overview of policy options for limiting new construction in vulnerable coastal areas, and a summary of existing laws and regulations in states with federally approved coastal management programs (CMPs). To better understand and communicate how state CMPs manage ocean and Great Lake shorefront development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) (now a part of the Office for Coastal Management) conducted this study to look specifically at where states are employing shorefront strategies to protect the public interest and natural resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Coastal Inundation Toolkit

The Coastal Inundation Toolkit was developed by the Digital Coast Partnership Group to help communities understand and address coastal inundation issues - where water covers what is normally dry land. Information and resources are organized into 5 stages: understanding coastal inundation, identifying community risks and vulnerabilities, creating inundation maps, communicating risks and vulnerability, and discovering what others are doing to address inundation. For each of these 5 areas, explanations and guidance are provided with links to the specific resources available from Digital Coast to support that specific step in the process, making this a user-friendly way to support assessments and planning for sea level rise and extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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New Frameworks for Managing Dynamic Coasts: Legal and Policy Tools for Adapting U.S. Coastal Zone Management to Climate Change

June 2008

This paper, published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, identifies policy and governance reforms that could make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sandra S. Nichols, Carl Bruch

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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USGS Caribbean Water Science Center

The USGS Caribbean Water Science Center provides current real time data on streamflow, ground water, water quality, precipitation, and lakes and reservoirs from sites throughout the Caribbean. The center also has historical data on streamflow, ground water, water quality, and other water-related information. The center also has numerous publications, data sheets, projects, and scientific reports on a range of hydrological topics.

 

 

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NOAA Office for Coastal Management

The Office for Coastal Management (OCM) is tasked with implementing the Coastal Zone Management Act. OCM activities include working with states and territories to conserve and protect coral reefs, operating a system of National Estuarine Research Reserves, and developing a system of marine protected areas.