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Adapting to Sea Level Rise: Delaware's Planning Process

Delaware Coastal Programs
Created: 12/30/2009 - Updated: 9/23/2019


From the Introduction:

Sea level rise has the potential to significantly impact Delaware’s economy, coastal resources and communities over the next several decades. As a result of rising sea levels, low lying coastal areas could be inundated, storm events may become more frequent and more intense, and coastal erosion may be more severe than previously experienced. Rising sea levels can also contribute to salt water contamination of groundwater and surface water resources.  To address these concerns, a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan will be developed for the State of Delaware. This statewide plan will provide a framework that will allow Delawareans to proactively consider the potential effects of sea level rise when making long-term infrastructure investments and public policy decisions.

Published On

Thursday, December 31, 2009


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Water quality
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
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