The State of Climate-­Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

Created: 2/16/2017 - Updated: 4/10/2018

Abstract

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?

Published On

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keywords

Scale: 
Community / Local
Multilateral / Transboundary
National / Federal
Regional / Subnational
State / Provincial
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Aquaculture
Biodiversity
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Energy
Fisheries
Land Use Planning
Policy
Research
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Culture / communities
Economics
Erosion
Flooding
Habitat extent
Ocean acidification
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Tourism
Water quality
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Coastal
Marine
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Tropical
Subtropical
Polar
Subpolar