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The Oyster River Culvert Analysis Project: Final Technical Report

Michael Simpson, Derek Sowers, L. Stack, T. Crosslin, R. Roseen, and C. Lawson
Created: 3/06/2010 - Updated: 3/14/2019


Studies have already detected intensification of precipitation events consistent with climate change projections. Communities may have a window of opportunity to prepare, but information sufficiently quantified and localized to support adaptation programs is sparse: published literature is typically characterized by general resilience building or regional vulnerability studies. The Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC observed that adaptation can no longer be postponed pending the effective elimination of uncertainty. Methods must be developed that manage residual uncertainty, providing community leaders with decision-support information sufficient for implementing infrastructure adaptation programs. This study developed a local-scale and actionable protocol for maintaining historical risk levels for communities facing significant impacts from climate change and population growth.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
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Oyster River Watershed Culvert Study

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Conservation / Restoration
Transportation / Infrastructure

As a pilot project of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program, this study addresses climate adaptation on a watershed scale and provides a methodology for other coastal watersheds seeking to incorporate future climate conditions in planning and development.