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Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Inundation: Final Report

By pairing surveys and a public deliberative event with detailed household, neighborhood and county-level impacts data and visualization for sea-level rise associated coastal flooding and inundation, the Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Inundation project tested a new platform for increasing citizens’ engagement and discussion of local policy responses.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide for Virginia Localities

Tool Overview: 

This is a Virginia-specific, web-based adaptation resource geared towards informing local government staff on the range of strategies available to combat sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The 'Adaptation Guide' is not a traditional report, but instead presents information in an abbreviated format. Each strategy has its own corresponding web page that highlights feedback from local government staff interviews, funding sources, Virginia case studies, sample ordinance language, and potential CRS credit.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge: Marsh Restoration

Dredge America was selected as the most qualified contractor to perform marsh restoration services for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The project, located in Cambridge, Maryland capitalizes on the experience and expertise Dredge America gained from the Prime Hook Restoration Project.

Dredge America helped restore the natural salt marsh using a thin layer deposition method of dredging. By spraying “dredge material” over the existing marsh surface, we raised the existing marsh platform to provide plant resiliency, combating rising sea levels at the site.

Evacuation and Adaptation for Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise is becoming a major problem for transportation agencies. This study examines three issues: (1) identifying the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on areas that may be evacuated from a hurricane, (2) evaluating microscopic and mesoscopic traffic simulation tools for evacuation scenarios, and (3) identifying adaptation strategies that could be useful for addressing sea level rise and protecting the road network.

Delaware and Ocean Acidification: Preparing for a Changing Ocean

Ocean Acidification is changing today’s ocean with huge implications for sea-life and humans who depend upon the ocean for food, income, and the production of goods and services. A balanced, healthy ocean is important for the health and wellbeing of all people, but has special relevance for coastal communities and developing countries. Individual states have also taken action, beginning with the state of Washington’s Blue Ribbon Commission Report in 2012 and now including reports issued by Maine and Maryland in 2015.

Transit Climate Change Adaptation Assessment/Asset Management Pilot for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Public transit agencies play an important role in the provision of safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation for the communities they serve. With the growing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes Irene and Sandy, several public transportation agencies have begun to adapt their systems to make them more resilient to the changing climate conditions.

FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Maryland State Highway Administration

Maryland's transportation assets, especially those in close proximity to the state's over 7,500 miles of shoreline and numerous rivers, are exposed to a variety of coastal and flooding hazards. Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) conducted a vulnerability assessment in two counties. The project team developed a three-tiered vulnerability assessment and adaptation process using flood inundation modeling, mapping, vulnerability and risk ratings, and expert input. SHA engineers, planners, and maintenance personnel used the assessment results to brainstorm adaptation measures.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Response

Forests are a characteristic feature in many parts the country, and this is particularly true in northern Wisconsin where a mosaic of public and private forestlands define the regional landscape. This case study describes the activities undertaken by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other landowners in northern Wisconsin through the Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF).

Climate-Informed Watershed Restoration on the Elizabeth River

The Elizabeth River Project is practicing climate-informed restoration of the Elizabeth River and adjacent watersheds in Virginia. By taking sea level rise into consideration in its collaboratively developed Watershed Action Plan and restoration projects, as well as engaging significant stakeholders through community outreach and education, the project is improving the environmental health of the Elizabeth River.