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USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

2012

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) created this online tool - the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal - that provides an interactive view of past, present and future hazards along the U. S. coasts. A user can choose any coastal location, zoom in to a relatively local level, and view potential impacts from extreme storms, historic shoreline changes, and coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. USGS suggests that this tool can aid in decisions that involve emergency preparedness, ecosystem restoration, and where and how to develop coastal areas.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

July 2012

This article published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal examines two sea-level rise adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-level approach modeled after cutting-edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant Law Center, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Julia Wyman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Ocean Beach, California Master Plan

May 2012

The San Francisco Planning and Research Association (SPUR) facilitated a coordinated effort among multiple agencies to create this long-range plan for San Francisco's Ocean Beach, 3. 5 miles of beach and rugged coastline from the Cliff House to Fort Funston. The Ocean Beach Master Plan (OBMP) presents recommendations for the management and protection of Ocean Beach, and addresses the impact of sea level rise, the physical and ecological processes shaping the beach, and improved integration with its natural, recreational, and urban contexts.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, California State Coastal Conservancy, National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Great Lakes Coastal Community Climate Adaptation Checklist

March 2013

Designed for local government decision-makers in Great Lakes communities, this checklist is a quick reference guide to practical coastal environmental and infrastructure solutions for coastal climate change vulnerabilities. Best practices and adaptation actions that can be implemented individually or within a suite of climate resilience measures are outlined to address climate impacts such as extreme storms, coastal erosion and water level changes in the Great Lakes region.   

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011

July 7, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Grant Program promoted a national competition to fund technical assistance projects as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. NOAA Sea Grant made $1,000,000 available to fund coastal climate adaptation efforts for FY 2012-2013.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Past and Projected Trends in Climate and Sea Level for South Florida

July 5, 2011

This technical report summarizes trends in sea level rise, coastal climate variability and climate change impacts in south Florida. The report is one deliverable from a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) project to coordinate issues related to climate change and sea level rise in the region. SFWMD is a state agency that is responsible for managing water resources in a 16-county region that extends from Orlando to Key West, Florida.

Related Organizations: South Florida Water Management District

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Obeysekera, J. Park, M. Irizarry-Ortiz, P. Trimble, J. Barnes, J. VanArman, W. Said, E. Gadzinski

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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San Francisco Bay Plan (California)

October 6, 2011

The San Francisco Bay Plan contains the policies that the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) uses to determine whether permit applications can be approved for projects within the Commission’s jurisdiction, which consists of the Bay, salt ponds, managed wetlands, certain waterways and land within 100 feet of the Bay.   On October 6, 2011, the BCDC unanimously approved an amendment to the Plan to update the 22-year-old sea level rise findings and policies and more broadly address climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Sea-Level Change Considerations in Civil Works Programs (USACE EC 1165-2-212)

October 1, 2011

Developed in 2011 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this circular provides guidance for incorporating the direct and indirect physical effects of projected future sea-level change across the project life cycle in managing, planning, engineering, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining USACE projects and systems of projects. The guidelines apply to all USACE elements having Civil Works responsibilities and is applicable to all USACE Civil Works activities. This guidance supersedes all previous guidance on this subject, and expires on September 30, 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Atoll Island States and Climate Change: Sovereignty Implications

October 2011

This article, by two researchers of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Advanced Studies, summarizes a working paper in which they examine questions of long-term survival for Atoll Island States. These countries could become uninhabitable or submerged in the course of the next century due to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, exacerbated by stronger tropical cyclones. Prominent vulnerable island nations include Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives.

Related Organizations: United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Living With a Rising Bay: Vulnerability and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay and on its Shoreline

September 23, 2011

Living With a Rising Bay is a vulnerability assessment from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which focuses on the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area, and how local governments can respond. Specifically the report addresses the impacts of sea level rise on neighborhoods, job centers, transportation, water and waste water infrastructure, and vital ecosystem services. 

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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