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Climate Variability and Coastal Community Resilience: Developing and Testing a National Model of State-based Outreach

Esperanza Stancioff, White, S.K., K. Grant, and K. Leyden
Created: 6/12/2010 - Updated: 8/19/2019


The Maine Sea Grant College Program, in partnership with the Oregon Sea Grant College Program, conducted a two-year NOAA-funded project: 1) to explore how climate variability and coastal hazards may be affecting our coastal regions and how these relate to coastal development in the two states; 2) to encourage and facilitate collaboration among and between decision makers and coastal property owners to determine and implement appropriate responses to climate variability on short and longer timescales; 3) to discover the barriers that targeted audiences in the states have to taking action to either prepare for or mitigate the effects of climate variability; and 4) to develop educational and informational materials and strategies concerning these issues. The ultimate goal of the project is to move behavior toward decisive action that results in coastal communities that are more resilient to climate variability at all scales.

Published On

Sunday, June 13, 2010


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies

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Coastal Community Resilience in Maine

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure

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.