Malibu Land Use and Local Implementation Plans: Setbacks and Sea Level Rise

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United States
34° 1' 33.3192" N, 118° 46' 47.1252" W
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Malibu’s 21 miles of coastline include some of the world’s most famous beaches and highly valued coastal property. Sea level rise poses an enormous threat to the sandy beaches of Malibu as well as to the multi-million dollar homes lining the coast. The Malibu Local Coastal Program’s Land Use and Local Implementation Plans aim to ensure the Coastal Act is upheld and the city’s General Plan and other development and planning ordinances comply with the California Coastal Act.

Emergency Preparedness on Seabird Island

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United States
49° 16' 0.0012" N, 121° 43' 0.0012" W
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Seabird Island is located in British Columbia, Canada, and is home to a First Nation population. Increased precipitation and snowmelt threaten to flood the community of Seabird Island. To proactively prepare the community for possible flooding, the Seabird Island Emergency Response Team has developed an emergency preparedness plan that was distributed to community members through a door-to- door awareness and educational campaign spearheaded by the local fire department.

Proactive Incorporation of Sea Level Rise into the Design of the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Location

United States
42° 22' 46.3476" N, 71° 3' 52.6824" W
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In the 1980s, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority began to plan for a new wastewater treatment plant on Deer Island in Boston Harbor. The treatment plant’s effluent is discharged through a gravity fed pipe into Boston Harbor. Planners were concerned that projected sea level rise would disrupt the gravity fed pipe, requiring the installation of pumps. The planners decided to elevate the entire wastewater treatment plant by 1.9 feet to accommodate for projected sea level changes through 2050, the planned lifetime of the facility.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in San Luis Obispo County

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United States
35° 16' 57.9072" N, 120° 39' 34.6176" W
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Climate change is likely to affect natural and human systems in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County including impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, and tourism. The National Center for Conservation Science and Policy (now the Geos Institute), in partnership with the Local Government Commission, convened a series of workshops in SLO County to identify resources and populations that are most vulnerable to climate change and then to develop initial strategies to increase the capacity of human and natural systems to adapt to these changes.

Coastal Community Resilience in Maine

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United States
45° 22' 54.2424" N, 69° 3' 36.2124" W
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As part of its mission, Maine Sea Grant educates communities on important marine and coastal issues. This project was developed to 1) uncover the barriers that coastal property owners and officials are faced with in preparing for climate change and coastal hazards, and 2) encourage collaboration between stakeholders to create and implement responses.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations in the Rogue River Basin

Location

United States
42° 12' 24.552" N, 123° 22' 35.274" W
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Located in southwest Oregon, the Rogue River Basin consists of unique ecological areas and natural resources that provide important ecosystem services to the region. Climate change is likely to generate significant new stresses and exacerbate current stressors to water quantity and quality, species, habitats, and ecosystem processes of the Rogue Basin.

Preparing for Climate Change in the Klamath Basin

Location

United States
42° 13' 23.1384" N, 121° 48' 59.0616" W
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Located across southern Oregon and northern California, the Klamath Basin consists of unique ecological areas and natural resources that provide important ecosystem services to the region. Climate change impacts, such as warmer air temperatures and decreases in water levels, are likely to significantly affect natural systems and resources of the Klamath Basin.

British Columbia's Local Climate Change Visioning Project

Location

United States
51° 56' 23.1036" N, 123° 39' 43.5924" W
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The Local Climate Change Visioning Project provides a participatory, scenario-based lens through which decision makers and planners can examine climate change impacts and develop policy responses at a local level in British Columbia, Canada. The project aims to facilitate connections between scientists and policy makers in addressing global climate change impacts.

Atlantic Aboriginal Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Location

United States
46° 27' 28.9548" N, 63° 27' 25.3116" W
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Climate change is currently affecting, and will continue to affect, Atlantic Canada. Many coastal communities are experiencing climate-related impacts such as property damage, erosion of land, and increased flooding. Aboriginal communities are no exception to the impacts of climate change and must find ways to adapt.

Portraits of Resilience

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United States
54° 57' 38.8836" N, 74° 10' 46.8768" W
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The Many Strong Voices Programme (MSV) was created in 2005 and brings together indigenous people, community organizations, policy makers, and NGOs to promote the well-being of Arctic coastal communities by taking action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to give them a voice on the world stage.