Tagged: Coastal

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

From the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service, this report describes how climate change and associated sea level rise and storm surge can affect coastal U. S. National Park infrastructure, facilities, and resources. This analysis provides sea level rise projections for 118 park units and storm surge projections for 79 of those parks – from which storm surge maps for each site are included. These results are intended to inform adaptation planning for coastal parks and resources managed by the National Park Service.

California Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting coastal resources, and preparing communities along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay for the current and future impacts of climate change. Climate Ready grants fund nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. These grants also seek to support projects located in and benefiting disadvantaged communities. The Coastal Conservancy has $3. 8 million available for the 5th round of funding in 2018.

Maryland HB 1350/ SB 1006 – Sea Level Rise Inundation and Coastal Flooding – Construction, Adaptation, and Mitigation

Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland will expand and strengthen its “Coast Smart” siting and design criteria to better manage sea level rise and improve coastal adaptation efforts. The legislation also requires the state to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion, and to build criteria for hazard mitigation funding for sea level rise and coastal flooding. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, local jurisdictions that experience nuisance flooding must submit a plan to address this climate impact.

Conserving California’s Coastal Habitats – A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise

The Nature Conservancy in California and the California State Coastal Conservancy collaborated on this sea level rise vulnerability assessment of California’s coastal habitats, imperiled species, and conservation lands. This study is the first of its kind to assess the sea level rise vulnerability of all coastal habitats along the entire coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Vulnerability results were used to develop key strategies to protect coastal habitats and at-risk species from sea level rise and other stressors, as well as determine new priority areas to preserve these habitats.

California Sea-Level Rise Guidance – 2018 Update

The Ocean Protection Council’s 2018 update of the California Sea-Level Rise Guidance is designed in support of state agencies and local governments preparation for and adaption to sea-level rise (SLR). The report includes a step-by-step approach to SLR risk analysis, and incorporating these projections into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. Recommended adaptation strategies are given for priorities such as bolstering the resilience vulnerable communities and coastal habitats, and incorporating climate change impacts into project design and coastal planning.

Sea-Level Report Cards: Trends, projections, and processes to aid coastal planning

This tool is created and maintained by the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and provides annual sea-level rise projections and trends for 32 localities across the nation where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains tidal gauges. The report cards are novel in that sea-level rise projections are presented on a local scale and expected to be updated annually (in January) as tidal gauge data becomes available. In comparison, similar data sets are often on a global scale and released after longer time spans.

County of San Mateo, California Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

San Mateo County, California is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise as it is bound by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. This comprehensive 200+ page sea level rise vulnerability assessment offers a highly detailed analysis of the current and future coastal flooding and erosion risks for the County in terms of various sectors and networked infrastructure including critical infrastructure assets, impacts on human mental and physical health, vulnerable populations, and natural communities and ecosystems.

WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines)

A program of the Waterfront Alliance, WEDG is a tool for use prior to and during the design process of waterfront projects. Created for professionals, communities, and landowners, the tool is a credit system and series of guidelines to develop and enhance coastal projects on a voluntary basis. The guidelines support decision making for development that is resilient to the coastal impacts of climate change, enhances ecological protections, and provides equitable public access.

Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance of the 21st Century

The City of Norfolk, Virginia adopted a new zoning ordinance to enhance flood resilience and direct new more intense development to higher ground; the ordinance was adopted on January 23, 2018 and became effective on March 1, 2018. The ordinance establishes a Coastal Resilience Overlay (CRO) zone, where new development and redevelopment will have to comply with new flood resilience requirements, and an Upland Resilience Overlay (URO), designed to encourage new development in areas of the city with lower risk of flooding.

Marin County, California Ocean Coast Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Report

Marin County’s “Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team” (C-SMART) is a multi-stakeholder, inter-governmental partnership that collaborates to determine sea level rise impacts and adaptation options for the county. This comprehensive analysis from C-SMART presents strategies for increasing resiliency of Marin’s coast with options to accommodate, protect against, or retreat from the threats of sea level rise and coastal hazards.