Thursday, August 17, 2017
Alaska Sea Grant helps coastal Alaska village develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy

Alaska Sea Grant helps coastal Alaska village develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy

Alaska Sea Grant

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent Terry Johnson and others assisted the village of Shaktoolik with planning and implementing measures to "defend in place” against coastal storms.

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring and Outreach

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring and Outreach

Washington Sea Grant

Preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species is the only way to eliminate associated ecological and economic damages. Where prevention measures fail, early detection of a newly established population offers the best hope of effectively reducing impacts. By working formal and informal education settings to encourage prevention measures and by establishing a network to monitor marine waters for key species of concern, Washington Sea Grant aims to prevent and reduce economic and ecological harm for coastal communities.

Assessing vulnerability to sea level rise in Beaufort County, S.C., using facilitated dialogue and visualization tools

Assessing vulnerability to sea level rise in Beaufort County, S.C., using facilitated dialogue and visualization tools

South Carolina Sea Grant

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the Beaufort County Planning Department, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, Social and Environmental Research Institute, and North Carolina Sea Grant, provided a participatory opportunity for Beaufort County to begin preparing for flooding associated with sea level rise. The project team utilized several available tools to engage local stakeholders in the process. A focus group participated in the Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios process to identify local consequences of sea level rise and explore potential adaptation strategies. Sea level rise visualizations developed with data from NOAA’s Digital Coast Sea Level Rise Viewer tool helped stakeholders understand the risks of future coastal flooding due to rising seas. Public workshops were held to get broader input on adaptation strategies. A final report has been compiled for consideration by Beaufort County Council. This project has initiated a process of community learning that will increase the capacity of Beaufort County to adapt to sea level rise.

Assessment of Sociocultural Dimensions of Coastal Change

Assessment of Sociocultural Dimensions of Coastal Change

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant is synthesizing information on the resilience and vulnerability of communities to coastal hazards such as ocean acidification and leading the design of a participatory, community-based rapid appraisal in several Washington and Oregon communities facing such hazards. This appraisal will assess culturally significant ecosystem variables, such as important food species and communities’ sense of place, and identify anticipated and cumulative threats posed to them.

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change through Local Conservation Efforts

Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change through Local Conservation Efforts

Rhode Island Sea Grant

Using South Kingstown Land Trust as a pilot, tools have been identified for use by local conservation organizations in Rhode Island and beyond to assess vulnerability and identify strategies to begin to implement adaptation actions through conservation, management, and investment.

Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia

Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia

Hawai'i Sea Grant

This study is an outgrowth of concern over the vulnerability of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to sea-level rise and drought associated with climate change. The purpose is to identify climate risk and options in the FSM.

Coastal Community Resilience Index

Coastal Community Resilience Index

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

The Coastal Community Resilience Index is a self-assessment tool that brings together elected officials, public works directors, emergency managers, and other leaders at the community-government level to take an in-depth look at their community’s level of resilience. They discuss 57 indicators organized around six categories to identify vulnerabilities, capitalize on strengths and assess future impacts of disasters.

Coastal Hazards and Community Resiliency in Delaware

Coastal Hazards and Community Resiliency in Delaware

Delaware Sea Grant

To help reduce Delaware communities’ vulnerability to coastal hazards, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, University of Delaware’s Coastal Community Enhancement Initiative, and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have cooperated with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency to increase awareness of coastal hazards and provide communities information and resources that will improve societal, economic and personal resiliency to coastal hazards.

Coastal Property Owner Tours

Coastal Property Owner Tours

Maine Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant has organized a number of tours, during which Southern Maine coastal property owners, local officials, and community members visit coastal properties in Saco, Wells, and Ogunquit where action has been or could be taken to make them more resilient to flooding, erosion, and extreme storm events.

Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide

Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide

Connecticut Sea Grant

With EPA support, Connecticut Sea Grant partnered with CLEAR and University of Connecticut's Deptartment of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture to produce the web-based tool, Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound.

Collaborative Network Building

Collaborative Network Building

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant is planning a workshop for December that will bring together a network of coastal resilience researchers and practitioners to begin developing a broader statewide collaborative network of those interested in and working on coastal resilience issues.

Community Adaptation Outcome Matrix

Community Adaptation Outcome Matrix

New Hampshire Sea Grant

New Hampshire Sea Grant helped identify community adaptation strategies for the partner members of the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW), including a matrix of over 40 actions that communities can take to improve their climate adaptation capacity and implementation.

Community-Based Monitoring of Alaska's Coastal and Ocean Environment: Best Practices for Linking Alaska Citizens with Science

Community-Based Monitoring of Alaska's Coastal and Ocean Environment: Best Practices for Linking Alaska Citizens with Science

Alaska Sea Grant

A handbook to help Alaska communities, scientists, and agencies implement best practices for new and continuing community-based monitoring programs.
 

Community-based Sea Level-Rise Projections

Community-based Sea Level-Rise Projections

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant partnered with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Adaptation International to develop a set of local sea level rise projections, and sea level scenario maps for the Jamestown S'Klallam community. The assessments are being used to identify priority adaptation actions, tribal areas or resources that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, and have also been integrated into community long-term planning. Additionally, Washington Sea Grant is partnering with North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation District and Adaptation International on a multi-sector climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan, including sea level rise and coastal flooding projections for coastal communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Confronting Shoreline Erosion on Oahu

Confronting Shoreline Erosion on Oahu

Hawaii Sea Grant's work featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Hawaii Sea Grant's work featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Connecticut Climate Adaptation Academy

Connecticut Climate Adaptation Academy

Connecticut Sea Grant

Climate Adaptation Academy is a one-day session on topics relevant to municipal commission members (Planning and Zoning, Inland Wetlands, Conservation), municipal officials, coastal engineers and other interested professionals.

Connecticut Rain Garden App

Connecticut Rain Garden App

Connecticut Sea Grant

CLEAR and CTSG partnered to develop a Rain Garden App designed to help people properly install a rain garden, a critical tool in the face of changing precipitation patterns.

Connecticut Sea Grant launches website to help coastal homeowners

Connecticut Sea Grant launches website to help coastal homeowners

The website serves as a decision support tool.

Connecticut Shoreline Change Analysis – 100 Years of Erosion and Accretion

Connecticut Shoreline Change Analysis – 100 Years of Erosion and Accretion

Connecticut Sea Grant

An important part of coastal resilience is understanding the dynamics of the shoreline, particularly, “How has the shoreline changed?” With funding from NOAA and National Sea Grant, a team from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn CLEAR, UConn Extension and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection took on an ambitious project designed to understand and quantify shoreline change in Connecticut over the last 100 years.

Connecticut Shoreline Trends Analyses

Connecticut Shoreline Trends Analyses

Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Sea Grant partnered with CLEAR and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to conduct a Geographic Information System (GIS) time series analysis using maps of the Connecticut shoreline from time periods between 1880 and 2006

Decision Support Networks

Decision Support Networks

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant offers facilitation services that guide dialogue in the process of making important decisions about coastal planning and we serve as a bridge between university resources and local end users.

Forecasting Effects of Nutrient Loading and Changing Land Use

Forecasting Effects of Nutrient Loading and Changing Land Use

Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant supported a research project to develop a Nutrient Loading Model for the Delmarva Peninsula. Other collaborators and funders on the effort included Sea Grant programs in Delaware and Virginia.

FutureCoast Sea Level Rise Web-Based Tool

FutureCoast Sea Level Rise Web-Based Tool

Virginia Sea Grant

This was developed through a mid-Atlantic Sea Level Rise project we secured from Coastal Services Center (CSC). It was applied in Annapolis, and they explored its application in Hampton Roads, but it was too early in the evolution of the issues in Hampton Roads to use here. That is, this tool shows climate impacts at the individual lot level and the Hampton Roads citizenry and local elected officials were not ready to see, hear, realize that then (~2011). We are ready now and because we took an incremental approach with our community, we have been able to leap frog some of the challenges that other states faced and Fall 2014 we held a workshop with the real estate community.

Green Shores for Homes

Green Shores for Homes

Washington Sea Grant

With funding from the EPA, Sea Grant partners with the City of Seattle among others to offer an incentive and certification credit system developed for single family homes. The goal of this voluntary program is to develop shoreline sustainably, using green vs. grey infrastructure whenever possible

Habitat Based Management Planning

Habitat Based Management Planning

Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Sea Grant and CLEAR developed a web-based tool which leads resource managers through the process of developing a long-term habitat based management plan with information provided on coastal habitat types, management and restoration so as to maximize the long term resilience of natural areas.

Hawai‘i’s Changing Climate

Hawai‘i’s Changing Climate

Hawai‘i Sea Grant

How is global warming influencing the climate in Hawai‘i? The purpose of this briefing sheet is to describe what is known in answer to this question as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and in government reports and websites.

Helping Coastal Communities Prepare for Flood Insurance Changes

Helping Coastal Communities Prepare for Flood Insurance Changes

North Carolina Sea Grant

Officials at the state and local level, as well as property owners, seek North Carolina Sea Grant for technical expertise and to work with federal partners to find solutions for new and existing building adaptations that result in increased community resilience.

Lawn Campaign Mind Map

Lawn Campaign Mind Map

New Hampshire Sea Grant

This tool was used to illustrate how social science findings could be used in a watershed wide non-point source pollution reduction campaign.

Lawn to Lake

Lawn to Lake

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Lawn and garden chemicals applied in the Lake Michigan basin can wind up in the water, polluting the lakes with pesticides and excess fertilizer. The program promotes healthy landscape practices, offering communities, landscapers, residents, and others, tips for maintaining healthy lawns and landscapes without over-relying on chemicals. 

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, a component of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium's Outreach Program, provides legal research, education, and outreach services to coastal communities in Mississippi, Alabama, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

MIT Sea Grant Climate Change Web Site

MIT Sea Grant Climate Change Web Site

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant

MIT Sea Grant Climate Change Web Site features resources that promote climate literacy, along with tools useful for assessing vulnerability and improving planning processes

National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System

National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant has provided technical assistance in the form of holding workshops, hosting webinars, participation in community floodplain management groups, and development of outreach materials specifically designed for community's who participate in the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

Natural Hazard Considerations for Purchasing Coastal Real Estate in Hawai‘i

Natural Hazard Considerations for Purchasing Coastal Real Estate in Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i Sea Grant

This guide focuses on basic question to consider as an investor in coastal real estate, emphasizing the importance of having an understanding of the potential risks and consequences of living on the ocean’s edge.

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Coastal Inundation Risk and Vulnerability Study

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Coastal Inundation Risk and Vulnerability Study

Hawai'i Sea Grant

In an effort to comprehensively and accurately assess the risks of future coastal hazards and the vulnerability of the community, the project included the following key steps: (1) mapping of projected sea level rise (SLR) scenarios to provide a baseline assessment of the potential impacts of inundation due to SLR, (2) modeling and mapping potential coastal hazards under elevated sea level conditions, specifically (a) tsunami inundation and (b) hurricane storm surge inundation, and (3) a socio-economic exposure analysis of the above inundation zones, as well as a 500-year flood hazard zone.

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NOAA Coastal Storms Program Projects

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Projects

Hawai‘i Sea Grant

This nationwide effort implemented in the Pacific Islands Region funded several projects that foster community resiliency through outreach, education, and product development.

NOAA Lake Level Viewer

NOAA Lake Level Viewer

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Wisconsin Sea Grant helped with design and development recommendations for the Lake Level Viewer.

North Kingstown Coastal Resilience Pilot

North Kingstown Coastal Resilience Pilot

Rhode Island Sea Grant

A model document for incorporating coastal hazards and climate change into state mandated Local Comprehensive Planning, together with maps that assess vulnerability, and recommendations based on lessons learned from other places for the community to adapt to rising seas.

Olympic National Marine Sanctuary Climate Change Assessment

Olympic National Marine Sanctuary Climate Change Assessment

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant led the development of the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) Climate Change Assessment, which examined the vulnerability of sanctuary resources to climate change. The report, intended for OCNMS staff, the OCNMS advisory committee, and the Intergovernmental Policy Council, is being used as a springboard for climate change adaptation activities in the sanctuary, and adjacent (mostly tribal) communities.

Puget Sound Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox

Puget Sound Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant, working with the Puget Sound Partnership and Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program Nearshore Work Group, has standardized approaches for monitoring and a “toolbox” of protocols and information. The toolbox emphasizes methods that are simple and affordable, and that can be used for monitoring restoration sites and evaluating status and trends. 

Remote Setting Training Program to Grow Oysters

Remote Setting Training Program to Grow Oysters

Maryland Sea Grant

Many leaders in Maryland have highlighted the importance of developing oyster aquaculture in the state: this industry supports local working waterfronts and also helps the state’s struggling seafood industry. Maryland Sea Grant Extension helped to bring about changes in state policy to make it easier for residents to obtain leases for aquaculture operations in Chesapeake Bay, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs. To help them pursue those opportunities, Maryland Sea Grant Extension and its partners have developed a number of programs that help shellfish growers to obtain start-up funding for these ventures and to build and operate them successfully.

Resiliency Design Project in Hampton Roads

Resiliency Design Project in Hampton Roads

Virginia Sea Grant

The lead coordinating organization is Wetlands Watch, working with architects at Hampton University, builders from the Hampton Roads Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, and a suite of engineers. They are focused on Chesterfield Heights neighborhood in Norfolk, and will be creating specific designs for a more resilient Chesterfield Heights.

Riparian Buffer Analysis and Outreach Program for Coastal Connecticut

Riparian Buffer Analysis and Outreach Program for Coastal Connecticut

Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Sea Grant and CLEAR partnered to conduct a GIS analysis of riparian buffers for Connecticut and to develop an outreach program on riparian areas.

Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment for Coastal Communities

Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment for Coastal Communities

California Sea Grant

The Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment for Local Communities (SBA CEVALC) is aimed at assisting the Cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara in planning for adaptation to climate change. Three of the state's leading ecological and climatological research programs including: the UCSB Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research Project, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and USGS, are accomplishing the project in close collaboration with the three cities and County. Community input is integral to the project with staff from relevant city/county departments participating through workshops and review.

Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model Maps

Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model Maps

Rhode Island Sea Grant

Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model maps (SLAMM), will be available on the web in October for all 21 coastal communities. This is being adopted for "planning purposes" by the State Coastal Resources Management Council.

Sea Level Rise Visualization

Sea Level Rise Visualization

Rhode Island Sea Grant

Overlays of sea level rise inundation for the state.

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in Hawai‘i: A Policy Toolkit for State and Local Governments

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in Hawai‘i: A Policy Toolkit for State and Local Governments

Hawai'i Sea Grant

The purpose of this Tool Kit is to identify and explain key land use policy tools for state and local government agencies and officials to facilitate leadership and action in support of sea-level rise adaptation in Hawai‘i.

Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change in Long Island Sound

Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change in Long Island Sound

Connecticut Sea Grant

The Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change Program in Long Island Sound is a multi-disciplinary scientific approach to provide early warning of climate change impacts to Long Island Sound ecosystems and species to facilitate appropriate and timely management decisions and adaptation responses.

Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan

Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan

Rhode Island Sea Grant

To address challenges from a changing shoreline, the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) is focused on improving our understanding of how fast erosion is occurring and what areas and infrastructure are at risk of flooding during storms or from future sea level rise.

Social Science and Severe Weather: Evaluating a New Tornado Risk Communication Tool

Social Science and Severe Weather: Evaluating a New Tornado Risk Communication Tool

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Wisconsin Sea Grant worked with the National Weather Service to evaluate a new tornado risk communication tool.

Social Science Research

Social Science Research

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant has a number of social scientists among our faculty and staff skilled in conducting surveys, interviews, and other forms of social science research, including vulnerability analyses.

Social Scientist Directory

Social Scientist Directory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant

Here at MIT Sea Grant, we decided to create a directory of social scientists. We anticipated that this directory would be very valuable for scholars seeking expertise in other fields for interdisciplinary projects; for journals interested in identifying peer reviewers; for graduate students who need mentors or outside committee members; and for managers who have issues that would benefit from addressing social-cultural factors or other aspects of human dimensions.

South Carolina Coastal Communities Initiative Mini-Grants Program

South Carolina Coastal Communities Initiative Mini-Grants Program

South Carolina Sea Grant

With the vast majority of land-use decisions made at the local level, community officials are instrumental in influencing and directing development and conservation efforts. The S.C. Coastal Communities Initiative is a collaborative land-use planning and water quality small grants program for local decision-makers.  The purpose of the Initiative is to assist coastal communities with the development and implementation of land management policies and practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, protect local natural resources, and encourage sustainable development. Coastal communities participating in the Initiative are eligible to receive grants ranging from $2500 to $5000 to address a variety of issues related to open space preservation, natural resource-based planning, water quality management, alternative transportation, sustainable community planning and design, and zoning ordinances and regulations.

South Carolina Community Resource Inventory

South Carolina Community Resource Inventory

South Carolina Sea Grant

Community leaders, decision-makers, and staff need detailed knowledge of the resources their community possesses in order to make informed planning decisions that enhance the community while protecting the quality of the environment. Developed in partnership with Clemson University’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, the S.C. NEMO Program, Carolina Clear, and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Community Resource Inventory provides an atlas of natural and cultural resources available in South Carolina coastal communities.

The Crow's Nest Blog

The Crow's Nest Blog

New Hampshire Sea Grant

Since 2011, New Hampshire Sea Grant has helped to develop and contribute to "The Crow's Nest" blog about climate adaptation in New Hampshire, which is available on StormSmart Coasts, as a tool to communicate timely information about events and resources available to communities related to adaptation

The Great Lakes Legacy Act

The Great Lakes Legacy Act

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

This congressional act provides matching funds to communities to speed up the pace of cleanup of contaminated sediments within Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant conducts workshops, provides local community support, and has developed numerous products including curricula, economic development strategies, and fact sheets.

The Texas Coastal Citizen Planner program (TCCP)

The Texas Coastal Citizen Planner program (TCCP)

Texas Sea Grant

The Texas Coastal Citizen Planner program provides elected and appointed officials the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed land use decisions that lead to long-term hazard management, natural resource conservation, safer neighborhoods, and improved quality of life.

Training Volunteers to Assist Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Training Volunteers to Assist Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland and other states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are currently engaged in a multi-billion dollar effort to improve water quality by meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) targets for nutrients and sediments. To accomplish this, municipalities around the region need help from trained and dedicated volunteers who can implement watershed restoration practices. Such practices include stormwater management tools like rain gardens and barrels.

Vertical Land Movement Estimates

Vertical Land Movement Estimates

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant is leading an effort to improve estimates of vertical land movement in Washington State, that will be used to improve sea level rise and coastal flooding assessments.

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, William & Mary Law School

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, William & Mary Law School

Virginia Sea Grant

Virginia Sea Grant has a legal program now and they have been focusing on resiliency issues—conducting legal and policy research for local community clients on issues such as flood insurance, community rating systems, potential disclosure issues, potential local community liability risk associated with not taking adaptation steps. They have also provided analysis to the Governor’s Climate Commission that is currently underway and the General Assembly’s Secure Commonwealth Panel that finished up work last month.

Volunteer Monitoring of Shoreline Restoration

Volunteer Monitoring of Shoreline Restoration

Washington Sea Grant

In Puget Sound, shoreline armoring is being removed or is being replaced with what are thought to be less disruptive alternatives. Restoring physical and biological connections in the nearshore where structures are not at risk is expected to improve habitat conditions and reduce long-term costs for homeowners. By establishing volunteer monitoring of these sites, Washington Sea Grant has helped create a baseline for erosion and vegetation that can be used to inform other projects and shoreline management decisions in the near-term and provide a long-term reference as climate change and sea level rise influence conditions in the nearshore.

Washington Coast Marine Spatial Planning

Washington Coast Marine Spatial Planning

Washington Sea Grant

As a member of the State Ocean Caucus, Washington Sea Grant is a member of the State planning team charged by the State legislature to develop a marine spatial plan off Washington’s outer coast. The plan will provide better baseline information, ecosystem indicators, analyses to support coastal management decision-making, recommendations for siting new uses, implementation framework across agencies and sectors, integration of other existing policies and management and an adaptive management strategy. Washington Sea Grant plays a central role in this process by leading outreach, coordinating scientific review of data and projects, developing indicators of human well-being and economic health of the coast.

Water Stewardship Program

Water Stewardship Program

Washington Sea Grant

In collaboration with Washington Land Grant partners, Washington Sea Grant provides training, resources and opportunities to volunteers interested in learning about freshwater environments and the watershed and marine systems to which they are tied. The volunteers then contribute to improving their communities through monitoring, enhancement, restoration and outreach.

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