By Alex Rosen, Assistant Coastal Planner, WA Department of Ecology
As our ability to characterize hazardous areas improves with advances in science and technology, many communities have information to help identify vulnerability and risk to natural hazards along our shorelines – wind, waves, flood, landslide, erosion, earthquake and tsunami, and sea level rise. However, once these hazardous areas are delineated, it is challenging to figure out what comes next.
A partnership of agencies, non-profits, academic institutions, and policy advisory groups are working to collectively expand resources and capacity to better support community resilience initiatives. The purpose of this survey is to gather examples of natural hazard risk reduction projects from marine, estuarine, and riverine shorelines.
The survey is brief and can be completed by anyone, whether a project manager for a risk reduction project or a homeowner. Even if you only have familiarity with a project and were not directly involved, we are happy to receive your submission!
Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoastalNaturalHazards
Survey feedback will be used to help guide the development of a series of case studies and best practices that will provide:
Our goal is to create a product that reduces the amount of time required by a community to research risk reduction options and provide information that helps narrow the focus on pursuing projects that have a higher likelihood of success.
We need your help! Please complete the survey as many times as needed and distribute widely, forward on to anyone else who might be interested. Survey will remain open until July 13th, 2018, please submit your responses before this date.
Thank you for your help,
Assistant Coastal Planner
By Katy Serafin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University
When a storm event is barreling down on the Washington coast, elevated sea levels often cause low-lying areas to flood, while coastal dunes may erode as they are pummeled by waves. A question many of us may have is what is actually driving the flooding and erosion we experience? Is it large waves? Storm surge? A high tide? A heavy rainfall event with subsequent peak streamflow? A combination of a few of these variables, or dominantly driven by one? Coastal and estuarine flooding and erosion events are complex problems, often driven by many different processes like waves, storm surge, tides, and streamflow. Thus, understanding the variability of specific processes and how they combine to drive extreme sea levels will help to identify vulnerable locations, information crucial for appropriately responding to risk.
By Hugh Shipman, Washington Department of Ecology
The Department of Ecology recently updated its popular shoreline photo website, improving access to multiple series of oblique aerial photos of Washington’s coast. These photos are a key element of Ecology’s Coastal Atlas and are a great complement to the vertical imagery readily available on Google and Bing’s mapping sites.
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