East Hampton, NY: Planning that includes a coastal erosion overlay district

Location

United States
40° 57' 56.8332" N, 72° 10' 58.5192" W
US
Summary: 

East Hampton, on Long Island, New York, is both a vacation destination and home to a strong year-round community with its early economic roots in agriculture, fishing, and shellfishing. Development pressure and population growth has caused some degradation of coastal resources, and in 1999 the Town enacted a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to protect and promote waterfront resources.

The State of Climate-­Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) is a science-based, collaborative process used to sustainably manage resources, interests, and activities among diverse coastal and ocean users and sectors. Climate change is affecting marine and coastal ecosystems throughout the world, manifesting in warming air and sea temperatures, increasing coastal storms, and rising sea levels. The existing and projected impacts of climate change and ocean acidification need to be incorporated into planning processes to ensure long-term success. Because CMSP is an emerging field, it is important to look to other coastal and marine planning and management frameworks to identify opportunities for climate-informed action.

With the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, EcoAdapt created the Climate-Informed CMSP Initiative to examine the connections between climate change and coastal and marine planning. This included conducting a needs assessment survey to identify what practitioners need in order to integrate climate change into their planning efforts, as well as research into the state of climate-informed CMSP efforts with the intention of identifying case study examples of adaptation in action. Our key research questions included:

  1. How is climate change currently being integrated into CMSP-related efforts?
  2. How can climate-informed CMSP be done?
  3. What do practitioners need in order to integrate climate change into CMSP?

Broward County: Identifying sites vulnerable to floods now, sea level rise later

Location

United States
26° 18' 15.6276" N, 80° 8' 42.9504" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

In February 2013, the Broward County Board of Commissioners added a Climate Change Element (CCE) to the county’s comprehensive plan with the goal of creating a framework to reflect environmental and socioeconomic factors related to climate change.

Developing a marine spatial plan on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Location

United States
47° 8' 8.844" N, 124° 15' 19.3356" W
US
Summary: 

Washington State is currently developing a marine spatial plan (MSP) for its Pacific Coast. The process includes compiling data, evaluating the marine ecosystem, and engaging stakeholders, and is guided by state law RCW 43.372. The law outlines key elements any marine management plan in the state must follow and requires such plans to address projected impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, on coastal and marine systems.

Including a range of climate effects in planning for Rhode Island’s coastal zone and state waters

Location

United States
41° 21' 28.1016" N, 71° 24' 40.0788" W
US
Summary: 

Special Area Management Plans (SAMPs) have been used for over 30 years in Rhode Island and are now being applied to state waters. Since the 1980s, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has zoned coastal areas as part of its shoreline management planning. The zoning categories include conservation areas, residential and low-intensity use, marine and high-intensity boating, multipurpose, commercial and tourism-oriented use, and port and navigation.

Setting criteria for renewable energy sites and marine reserves in Oregon

Location

United States
45° 4' 35.5836" N, 124° 5' 26.0736" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Katie Thompson, Mallory Morgan
Summary: 

The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) provides a framework for state and federal agencies managing the resources and activities in Oregon’s territorial sea (within 0-3 nautical miles off the coast). The TSP specifies the guidelines that any agency must follow when engaging in ocean planning or management.

U.S. Mid-Atlantic: Planning for multiple needs along a densely developed shore

Location

United States
39° 2' 3.7896" N, 74° 37' 8.9076" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Mallory Morgan, Katie Thompson
Summary: 

The National Ocean Policy requires federal agencies to work in a more coordinated, goal-oriented framework with states, tribes, and stakeholders in the form of Regional Planning Bodies (RPBs). The Mid-Atlantic RPB (MidA RPB) was formally established in April 2013 and includes federal, tribal, state, and other representatives from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The planning process included extensive stakeholder engagement in order to adequately reflect the economic, social, cultural, and ecological needs and goals of the region.

Planning for multiple uses in Massachusetts state waters

Location

United States
41° 57' 27.7308" N, 70° 21' 23.202" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Katie Thompson, Mallory Morgan
Summary: 

The original Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan (MOMP) was adopted on December 21, 2009, as Massachusetts’s official framework to facilitate the sustainable use of the state’s ocean waters, protect critical marine habitat and uses, and set standards for new ocean-based development. The MOMP was implemented within existing regulatory structure, and requires a review and update at least once every five years by the relevant agencies.

Planning, permitting, and risk: Effects of sea level rise on the California coast

Location

United States
39° 39' 57.4956" N, 123° 18' 37.9692" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Mallory Morgan, Katie Thompson
Summary: 

The California Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance serves as interpretive guidelines for addressing sea level rise primarily in local coastal program (LCP) certifications and updates, as well as in coastal development permit (CDP) decisions (California Coastal Commission 2015).

North Rim Ranches Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Location

Public lands north of the Grand Canyon AZ
United States
34° 2' 56.1408" N, 111° 5' 37.4316" W
Arizona US
Organization: 
Grand Canyon Trust
Organization: 
Summary: 

We present a landscape-scale climate change adaptation plan that characterizes climate vulnerability and provides a foundation for adaptation action on the North Rim Ranches, a 3,360-km2 (830,000-acre) landscape of significant ecological and cultural importance on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The extent of the North Rim Ranches is defined by the livestock grazing permits held by the Grand Canyon Trust (the Trust) for allotments on public lands managed by the North Kaibab Ranger District of the U.S.