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Incorporating Sea Level Change Considerations in Civil Works Programs

Created: 6/30/2009 - Updated: 9/26/2019

Abstract

This circular provides United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) guidance for incorporating the direct and indirect physical effects of projected future sea-level change in managing, planning, engineering, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining USACE projects and systems of projects. Recent climate research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts continued or accelerated global warming for the 21st Century and possibly beyond, which will cause a continued or accelerated rise in global mean sea-level. Impacts to coastal and estuarine zones caused by sea-level change must be considered in all phases of Civil Works programs.

Published On

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Keywords

Scale: 
National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Flooding
Sea level rise
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development

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Planning for Climate Change in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Summary: 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) is responsible for a range of duties as a federal agency, including public engineering and public works projects vital to the country and the Department of Defense. Climate change is expected to significantly affect public infrastructure.