Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

Amanda Babson, Courtney Schupp (eds)
Posted on: 11/16/2016 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Rachel Gregg



The Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks. The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education. The handbook highlights processes, tools and examples that are applicable to many types of NPS plans and decisions. One chapter includes a case study of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information including cost per unit length of constructed features (including seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based features). The level of detail varies by topic depending on the state of research and practice in that field.

This handbook provides guidance for NPS managers, partners, and other practitioners in exploring and implementing climate change adaptation in coastal settings, including Great Lakes areas but excluding nearshore and open-ocean issues such as oceanographic changes to marine ecosystems, and impacts to threatened and endangered species habitats such as offshore shoals, and fisheries. 


Affiliated Organizations

The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities. The Interior heads eight technical bureaus: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Minerals Management Service, National Park Service, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S.