Programmatic Framework for Considering Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition, and Facility Development Investments

Created: 5/09/2010 -


This Framework is the first step in a multi-phased project to develop internal guidance for NOAA programs to consider climate change impacts in making coastal investment decisions.  It describes how NOAA's offices will inocorporate climate change considerations in program planning and implemntation processes to safeguard a subset of coastal investments, and where feasible, use these investments to enhance ecosystem resilience or mitigate climate change impacts.  The Framework also identifies informational and programmatic needs to effectively consider climate chagne impacts, and advocates for new stronger agency capabilities to address those needs.

This Framework is the first of its kind for NOAA and provides the basis for a concrete vehicle to address cliamte change in an integrated way across the agency.  As Phase 1 of NOAA's Climate Investment Guidance Project and Imprementation Plan, this Framework focuses on coastal habitat restoration, coastal land acquisition, and coastl facilities development pursuant to CZMA and OHC restoration programs and evaluates what program processes and guidelines need to be revised to consider climate change.

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The NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation’s mission is to protect, conserve, and restore habitats for a broad range of societal benefits and idealizes three primary outcomes: increased protection of habitats, increased restoration of habitats, and increased public awareness and stewardship of habitats. To attain these outcomes, the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation relies upon ecosystem based decisions, engagement of stakeholders, encouragement of communities to become stewards of the environment, partnerships, and the use of the best available science.

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

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National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development