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Location

United States
51° 32' 42.7236" N, 62° 34' 41.25" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions (ACASA) Project is a partnership among the provincial governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick, and regional stakeholders including nonprofits, tribal governments, and industry. ACASA applied for and received a grant from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to build a collaborative effort to address regional climate change impacts. The partnership set goals and developed over 20 local projects to build the region’s capacity and resilience to climate change.

Location

United States
39° 0' 40.8924" N, 76° 29' 32.316" W

Project Summary/Overview

In 2007, the Governor of Maryland signed an Executive Order that created the Commission on Climate Change, which was tasked to develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the state. In 2008, the final report was released and implementation began. The Department of Natural Resources has been a lead agency in the development and implementation of the Climate Action Plan, particularly in regards to adaptation. Phase I of the adaptation plan focuses on key strategies to reduce Maryland’s vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal storms. Initiatives include reducing shoreline hardening, assisting local governments to develop adaptation strategies, conducting public outreach, and using technology to update maps and land acquisition priorities.  

Location

United States
44° 56' 38.6412" N, 64° 14' 52.9692" W

Project Summary/Overview

Nova Scotia is an Atlantic Canadian province almost entirely surrounded by water. As such, climate change impacts including sea level rise and increases in extreme weather events and storm surges are expected to affect land uses (e.g., infrastructure, agriculture). This study, focused on land use planners, aimed to develop and/or modify tools to analyze climate change impacts on Canadian communities, as well as tools to implement adaptations to these impacts. Two case sites were used to test these tools: Annapolis Royal, a small rural town prone to flooding, and the Pereau Watershed, a rural watershed in Annapolis Valley that is likely to experience agricultural drought due to climate change. General recommendations on incorporating climate change into municipal and residential planning were put forth as a result of this study. Specific results of the Annapolis Royal case study can be found here.

Location

United States
62° 12' 4.626" N, 75° 38' 48.6816" W

Project Summary/Overview

Salluit is a coastal village located on the shore of Sugluk Inlet in Nunavik, Quebec. The village is situated in a narrow, steep valley, and homes and municipal infrastructure are built on permafrost. Climate warming over the past two decades has led to permafrost degradation, which is predicted to continue into the 21st century. Permafrost degradation has damaged buildings, roads, homes, and embankments in Salluit. This study examined permafrost conditions and future patterns of warming to create a map of stable and unstable areas, which managers and planners can use to help make long-term decisions regarding areas for future growth.

Location

United States
43° 49' 45.2784" N, 119° 58' 14.5308" W

Project Summary/Overview

Abundant evidence shows that Oregon is already experiencing the effects of climate change. The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework was created to help the state prepare for and respond and adapt to these changes.

Location

United States
19° 48' 22.7952" N, 86° 10' 36.3288" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The reef sustains over two million people living in the region, which spans the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula through Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. The combined effects of current anthropogenic stressors (e.g., pollution, overfishing) when coupled with climate change impacts such as sea level rise, increased seawater temperatures, and a reduction in calcium carbonate will have devastating consequences for the Mesoamerican Reef system. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Summit and Oak Foundations, a number of stakeholders came together to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the reef system and develop a series of adaptation measures to increase the reef’s resilience to potential and actual impacts of climate change.

Location

United States
34° 1' 33.3192" N, 118° 46' 47.1252" W

Project Summary/Overview

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. The plans outline policies to mitigate and reduce the hazards that climate change impacts such as flooding, erosion, sea level rise, and intense coastal storms pose to the city’s coastal resources and built environment.

Location

United States
38° 0' 15.0804" N, 76° 0' 22.194" W

Project Summary/Overview

Somerset County received a grant through Maryland’s Coast-Smart Communities Initiative grant program to assess the county’s vulnerability to climate change and develop a plan of action to prepare for those impacts. The county reviewed existing plans, development codes, regulations, and laws to ensure the necessary policies and codes were prepared for the reality of the county’s climate future, specifically addressing sea level rise and coastal storms. The county developed the Somerset County, Maryland: Rising Sea Level Guidance document, which included a vulnerability assessment as well as recommendations on how to adapt the county’s management and codes to best prepare for climate change.

Location

United States
38° 30' 14.1768" N, 76° 4' 49.1592" W

Project Summary/Overview

Dorchester County is Maryland’s second largest county and includes over 350,000 acres of wetlands, tidal marshes, creeks, and other low-lying lands. Around half of the county’s landscape lies at elevations below 4.9 feet, making it one of Maryland’s most at-risk counties to sea level rise. With financial and technical support from Maryland’s Coast-Smart Communities Initiative grant program, the county developed Sea Level Rise: A Technical Guidance for Dorchester County. This plan covers four planning phases and strategies: Vulnerability and Impact Assessment; Long-Range Comprehensive Planning; Codes, Regulations, and Development Strategies; and Public Education and Outreach. The county reviewed existing plans, development codes, regulations, and laws to ensure the necessary policies and codes were prepared for the reality of the county’s climate future impacts, specifically sea level rise and coastal storms.

Location

United States
39° 17' 20.2668" N, 76° 39' 5.7996" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Coast-Smart Communities Initiative is charged with providing a toolbox of resources to help Maryland counties and towns develop climate-smart management policies and on-the-ground measures. The Initiative, housed under the Department of Natural Resources, developed a Community Scorecard, Coastal Communities Initiative competitive grant, Maryland’s Coastal Atlas, and a number of case studies to act as models for other local governments.

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