Neal McIntosh and Joe Cone

This report presents the findings from a national climate change adaptation survey conducted by eight Sea Grant programs across the U.S. (Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois-Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington). The survey was developed to understand the opinions, current phase of planning, and information needs of coastal/resource professionals and elected officials regarding climate change and adaptation to it.

Results from the survey indicate that most coastal/resource professionals seem to believe climate change is occurring in their area. Flooding and shoreline change are important topics to most of the participant programs, and lack of agreement over climate-change effects is a hurdle encountered by many participants. Participating programs are using the survey results to assist communities with adaptation.

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Oregon Sea Grant

Established at Oregon State University in 1971, Oregon Sea Grant is one of 33 state programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's  Sea Grant College Program, authorized by Congress in 1968. We receive funding from federal and state appropriations, as well as contributions from local governments and industry.

Through an integrated program of research, public engagement and education, we address several interdependent key issue areas:


Community / Local
National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Habitat/Biome Type