Preparing for Sea Level Rise: Development of an Adaptation Strategy for the State of Delaware

Delaware Coastal Management Program, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, University of Delaware
Created: 10/27/2021 -

Abstract

The Sea Level Rise Issue Characterization Workshop, held on March 12, was the first step towards the development of a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for the State of Delaware. The purpose of the Sea Level Rise Issue Characterization Workshop was to raise awareness regarding potential sea level rise impacts in Delaware and to initiate dialogue about sea level rise with an initial group of stakeholders. The workshop was also designed to develop a list of sea level rise issues of concern and to have participants develop an initial set of issue descriptions in a standard written format.

The Sea Level Rise Issue Characterization Workshop Summary presents a synopsis of workshop results and specific outcomes from each of four break-out group sessions:

  • Economy and Community
  • Habitat and Natural Resources
  • Human Health and Public Welfare · Infrastructure

It also contains the full text of Issue Characterization worksheets that were drafted by workshop participants. This information will provide a foundation for determining the priority issues for the sea level rise adaptation strategy.

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Organization(s)

The management of Delaware’s coastal resources is shared by a number of entities within the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Planning
Scale
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Agriculture
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Development (socioeconomic)
Economics
Education / Outreach
Policy
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Wildlife
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Flooding
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Water quality
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Terrestrial
Region
Northeast