Project Summary / Overview
Climate change impacts such as increased mean temperatures, increased frequency and intensity of storms, sea level rise, and changes in precipitation are predicted to impact coastal Oregon. To help decision-makers, legislators, and the public plan for and adapt to the likely impacts of climate change, the Oregon Coastal Management Program created an adaptation strategy in 2009. The overall goal of the strategy is to provide a framework for coordinated action across jurisdictions and to help local coastal governments prepare adaptation plans by 2015.
Climate change is expected to impact coastal Oregon in four primary ways:
- increased mean air temperature with greater warming during the summer months;
- increased frequency and intensity of storms;
- sea level rise; and
- changes in precipitation patterns including warmer, drier summers and wetter winters.
While it is difficult to anticipate exactly how these climate change impacts will affect coastal communities, they are likely to have an effect on community infrastructure such as transportation and navigation systems, shore protection and flood control structures, and municipal services. Coastal economic sectors such as ocean fisheries, agriculture, forestry, travel and hospitality, and growth and development are also highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Coastal habitats, ecosystems, and natural resources will also be affected by climate change.