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Climate Change Action in Coastal Habitats: Publications

Adapting to Climate Change:  A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers | NOAA
A new guide being offered by OCRM to aid in the development and implementation of adaptation plans.  The guide provides science-based information on climate change to set the context for adaptation planning and includes steps for setting up a planning process, assessing vulnerability, devising a strategy, and implementing the plan. Web-only publication.

Adapting to Climate Change: Building Interactive Decision Support to Meet Management Objectives for Coastal Conservation and Hazard Mitigation on Long Island, New York, USA | TNC

Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Reports | EPA

Climate Ready Estuaries: Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas | EPA

Provides an overview of climate change impacts on coastal areas, as well as a summary of adaptation options appropriate for each type of climate impact and management goal.

Coastal Inundation Mapping Primer | NOAA
Mapping is a very important part of understanding inundation issues. This publication offers a four-step process for inundation mapping that includes: obtaining and preparing elevation data, preparing water level information, mapping inundation, and visualizing inundation.

Helping Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change | TNC

Coastal communities and decision makers urgently need to develop pragmatic, cost effective strategies to protect both natural and human communities from the dramatic changes that are already underway due to climate change.  This paper explores the need and opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation.

Introduction to Stakeholder Participation | NOAA
Provides important principles and commonly used techniques for engaging stakeholders in coastal resource management, including conservation.

Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change | NOAA
The guidebook presents information on how communities can plan for and adapt to climate change through stories describing resources that some communities are using to accomplish this.

Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change, Vol. 2 | NOAA
The guidebook presents information on communicating climate change and impacts, preparing for climate change, and adaptation strategies.

Marshes on the Move | NOAA
Provides a basic understanding of parameters, uncertainties, and appropriate uses of model results depicting potential future impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands.

Methodology for Mapping Socio-Economic Variables Using 2000 Census Data | NOAA
This methodology allows users to gain insights into socioeconomic trends in the nation's rapidly developing coastal regions. Mapping can be used to inform decisions on conservation priorities in light of climate change and different socioeconomic trends.

Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Northeast: Considerations for the Implementation of Tidal Wetland Habitat Restoration Projects | NOAA
This report summarizes the results of a September 2010 workshop focused on how to address the impacts of sea level rise on tidal wetland restoration projects and includes draft recommendations for future projects.

Restoring the Great Lakes' Coastal Future:  Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Restoration Projects | NOAA
Guidance on incorporating current and anticipated climate change impacts into restoration projects in the Great Lakes region.  It features detailed examples focused on goals such as wetland restoration, fish passage, invasive species management and more.

Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion, and the Takings Clause | EPA
The paper and supporting materials included here examine land use planning options by which coastal states might remain some of their public trust tidelands in perpetuity - regardless of sea level rise - in areas that have not yet been developed.

Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change | USFWS
This Strategic Plan's primary purposes are to (1) lay out our vision for accomplishing our mission to "work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people" in the face of accelerating climate change; and (2) provide direction for USFWS and its employees, defining its role within the context of the Department of the Interior and the larger conservation community.  In this plan, USFWS expresses its commitment to our vision through strategic goals and objectives that we believe must be accomplished to sustain fish and wildlife nationally and internationally.  In an appended 5-Year Action Plan for Implementing the Climate Change Strategic Plan, we identify specific actions that will lead to the accomplishment of our goals and objectives.

Rolling Easements | EPA
This document presents vision, in which future development of some low-lying coastal lands is based on the premise that eventually the land must give way to the rising sea.  The EPA provides a primer on more than a dozen approaches for ensuring that wetlands and beaches can migrate inland, as people remove buildings, roads, and other structures from land as it becomes submerged.  Collectively, these approaches are known as rolling easements.

Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments | NOAA
This guide provides a step-by-step approach to conducting climate vulnerability assessments (primarily for natural resources) as well as numerous helpful case studies.

Shifting Shorelines, Shifting Conservation Strategies: Assessing Wetland Conservation Priorities in Maryland | NOAA
This document provides geospatial best practices for incorporating sea level rise into wetland conservation priorities and how the State of Maryland has applied these concepts to identify priority wetland conservation areas for climate adaptation.

Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities Guidance | NOAA
Presents coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development, including strategies for open space protection as part of a smart growth framework.

Smart Growth and Water Publications | EPA
EPA's Smart Growth program offers two tools and publications appropriate for communities addressing climate change along the coast.  Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities builds on existing smart growth principles to offer 10 specific development guidelines for coastal and waterfront communities, along with tools, techniques, and examples. The Water Quality Scorecard offers policy options for green infrastructure across different scales of land use and across multiple municipal departments.

Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping | NOAA
Participatory mapping engages stakeholders in a mapping process to identify their resources, perspectives, and priorities. Through sharing this information, stakeholders become part of decision-making, and the process of creating maps can become as important to building community consensus as the maps themselves. This document helps in understanding the basics of participatory mapping, knowing when participatory mapping is appropriate, identifying and working with stakeholders, and collecting and reporting information.

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