Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change
The purpose of this document, which contains articles that previously ran in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Services Center publication Coastal Services, is to bring together a few examples of the tools, programs, and projects that are already in place. Some of these examples may be surprising. Climate change is farreaching, potentially increasing the intensity of everything from nonpoint source pollution to natural hazards, such as hurricanes and flooding. The intention of this publication is to help expand thinking about existing programs and projects.
A national guide for how coastal communities can plan and adapt is featured in this publication, as are examples of how coastal managers are addressing climate challenges head-on, such as sea level rise in Rhode Island and coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures in Florida. A few of the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s data and tools that can best help coastal managers get their hands around climate change issues are also highlighted.