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Sea Level Rise Initiative Project Compendium March 2010

Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Created: 2/28/2010 - Updated: 9/23/2019

Abstract

Sea level rise has the potential to significantly impact Delaware’s economy, coastal resources and communities over the next several decades. Rising sea levels can submerge low-lying lands; erode beaches; convert wetlands to open water; contribute to more severe coastal flooding; and increase the salinity of estuaries and aquifers.

The purpose of this compendium is to provide an at-a-glance inventory and timeline of projects (see pages 4-6) that are currently underway as part of the Delaware Coastal Programs’ Sea Level Rise Initiative. It also provides a way to visualize how these projects fit together. Projects conducted by other agencies are not represented in this document, but there are many other agencies whose work will be essential to preparing for sea level rise and coastal inundation.The projects listed in this document are evolving. The timelines, process and intended outcomes of each project within this compendium are subject to change. However, it is the intent to update this document on a routine basis so that our partner agencies can be kept up to date on sea level rise activities.

Published On

Monday, March 1, 2010

Keywords

Scale: 
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Policy
Research
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Tourism
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
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Taxonomic Focus: 
Mammals
Plants
Fishes
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Rural
Suburban

Related Resources

Town of Bowers Beach, Delaware Coastal Resiliency Action Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Fisheries
Tourism / Recreation
Summary: 

As part of their statewide Sea Level Rise Adaptation Initiative, the Delaware Coastal Programs Office of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is helping the Town of Bowers Beach to conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop a coastal resiliency action plan to prepare for and adapt to sea level rise and

City of New Castle, Delaware Coastal Resiliency Action Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Summary: 

As part of their statewide Sea Level Rise Adaptation Initiative, the Delaware Coastal Programs Office of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is helping the City of New Castle conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop a coastal resiliency action plan to prepare for and adapt to sea level rise and other

Delaware Sea Level Rise Adaptation Initiative

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Fisheries
Policy
Research
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Summary: 

The Delaware Coastal Management Program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is working on a Sea Level Rise Initiative. Scientists and managers are working to compile information on storm histories, inundation mapping, vulnerabilities to tidal marshes and wetlands, and incorporating resilience into planning and management.