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An Introduction to Adaptation in the Coastal Sector

Sea-level rise, changes in ocean temperature, ocean acidification, and other effects of climate-change will have profound impacts on coastal communities, infrastructure, and environments.  

Use the resources below as a starting point to better understand how climate change will affect the coastal sector.

 

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

2010

In this document the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) provides guidance to state coastal managers on developing and implementing a climate change adaptation plan. After an overview of climate science and coastal impacts, the guide walks users through the entire adaptation planning life cycle, using coastal specific examples, case studies and resources within each stage.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

October 31, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

This online mapping tool, hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast, allows users to observe the effects of sea level rise on the coast. Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise can be a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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NOAA Climate Services Portal (Climate.gov)

The NOAA Climate Services Portal (NCS Portal) is designed to enhance the access to climate data and services, timely articles and information, education resources, and tools for engagement and decision-making. The NCS Portal was developed in response to emerging needs for improved decision-making capabilities across all sectors facing impacts from climate variability and change, NOAA' s customer requirements, and the importance of leveraging climate data and services to support research and public education.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Coastal Community Planning and Development (Training)

Offered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management on the Digital Coast website, this training program covers planning processes, current coastal development patterns and trends, natural hazard resiliency, and alternatives to conventional patterns of growth and development. The 2-day course is designed for local elected officials, developers, land use planners, business leaders, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, realtors, emergency managers, community groups, members of civic organizations, coastal resource managers, and concerned citizens.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook

May 2007

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have collaborated in producing this handbook. The handbook introduces local officials and concerned citizens to No Adverse Impact (NAI) concepts, and suggests how a coastal community can use the NAI approach to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their coastal environments.

Related Organizations: Association of State Floodplain Managers, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities

September 9, 2009

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International City/County Management Association, and Rhode Island Sea Grant, jointly released "Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities," intended for planners, local government officials, developers, residents, and other stakeholders. Developed in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network, the interagency guide builds on the network's ten smart growth principles to create coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Sea Grant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide to California's Coastal Communities

January 2012

'Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide for California’s Coastal Communities'  was created to serve as a guide for California’s coastal managers and community planners to develop adaptation plans for sea level rise that are suited to their local conditions and communities. The Guide begins with background information about climate change and sea level rise and an explanation of why planners in coastal communities should begin to plan for sea level rise and the associated coastal hazards. The remaining sections describe the processes of performing sea level rise vulnerability assessments and risk analysis for the development of adaptation plans that can be tailored specifically to individual communities.

Related Organizations: University of California, Santa Cruz, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Nicole Russell, Gary Griggs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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