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'Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency' CA State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy report

August 2014

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy was established in 2013 to thoroughly review the challenges ahead in addressing the impacts of sea level rise on California. The Select Committee held four hearings featuring testimony from scientists and industry leaders about potential impacts from sea level rise to the state’s economy and infrastructure. Topics included projected impacts on coastal agriculture, the fishing and aquaculture industry, tourism, ports, roads and bridges, and water and power infrastructure.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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2016 City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Assessment

September 2016

The City of Imperial Beach is a mostly residential community located in San Diego County, California. With 1. 5 miles of coastline and waterbodies adjacent to three sides of the city, Imperial Beach is vulnerable to climate change-induced sea-level rise and flooding. This assessment projects sea-level rise along the coastline, assesses the associated risks to coastal resources and development, and evaluates adaptation strategies. Proposed near-term policy approaches include updating the zoning code with hazard zone overlays, developing a beach management plan, and working with state and federal partners to address vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: City of Imperial Beach, California

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2018 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2019 Outlook

June 2019

NOAA's fifth annual update of the State of Coastal High Tide Flooding (HTF) provides HTF projections to inform adaptation and decision-making for the following year, and over the longer term. High tide flooding (aka ‘sunny day’ or ‘nuisance’ flooding) occurs when water levels measured at NOAA tide gauges exceed heights based on the minor-flood thresholds set by NOAA’s National Weather Service. This report updates high tide flood frequencies during 2018 (based on the meteorological year: May 2018-April 2019) at 98 NOAA tide gauge locations, and provides a statistical outlook for 2019 (May 2019 - April 2020).

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, Greg Dusek, Doug Marcy, Greg Carbin, John Marra

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A Discussion of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Shorelines of the Northeastern USA

July 10, 2007

This report, prepared for the 2007 Northeast Climate Impact Assessment (see separate entry), provides a broad overview of how sea-level rise will impact the coast of the northeastern United States. Different possible rates of sea-level rise and the primary impact of shoreline retreat is discussed. The report explains how local features determine the extent of shoreline retreat in a given area and addresses how sea-level rise could affect different ecosystems, including estuaries, salt marshes, and barrier island systems.

Related Organizations: Woods Hole Sea Grant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrew D. Ashton, Jeffrey P. Donnelly, Rob L. Evans

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Sense of Place at Risk - Perspectives of residents of coastal Louisiana on nonstructural risk reduction strategies

April 14, 2016

Supported by Oxfam America, this study documented the views of residents from three vulnerable Louisiana coastal parishes - Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Plaquemines.   These parishes face extreme coastal land loss from flooding and sea level rise, and other critical climate and social impacts. The study focuses on nonstructural coastal flooding mitigation measures, such as restoring coastal marshlands. A series of interviews were conducted to investigate how residents understand and respond to the challenges of sea level rise and climate change.

Related Organizations: Oxfam America

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida

April 2011

Southeast Florida with its populous coastal counties, subtropical environment, porous geology and low topography is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially sea level rise. At the October 23, 2009 Southeast Florida (SE FL) Regional Climate Leadership Summit, the local diversity in sea level rise (SLR) projections was highlighted as a concern and a barrier to achieving regionally consistent adaptation policies. Following the summit, the four counties of Southeast Florida (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) entered into the SE FL Regional Climate Change Compact to work cooperatively to address climate concerns in the region.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth

September 21, 2012

In August 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state Sea Grant College Programs of Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Texas hosted a two-day roundtable meeting of national experts from the fields of smart growth, hazard mitigation, climate change adaptation, and coastal management. The roundtable brought together these experts to share ideas about how coastal and waterfront communities could improve quality of life, use land and other resources efficiently, and create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from natural hazards related to coastal and waterfront flooding.

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), NOAA Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Adaptation Action Areas Guidebook: A Planning Guidebook for Florida's Local Government

August 2015

This Guidebook is designed for local governments of coastal communities in Florida interested in integrating Adaptation Action Areas (AAAs) into policy and operational frameworks. Adopted into the Florida Statute in 2011 through the Community Planning Act, an “Adaptation Action Area” is an optional designation within a local government comprehensive plan for areas that experience coastal flooding and sea-level rise - for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

May 2009

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

Related Organizations: U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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