By Greg Curtiss, Golder Associates Inc.
I’d like to share a coastal change tool I came across recently. The Barrow Area Information Database (BAID) has released four web apps for mapping coastal change in Barrow. There is an Imagery Time Viewer, Coastal Erosion Viewer, Community Planning Tool, and Research Site Viewer. These tools were developed as part of a multiagency mapping project for the community to aid with planning and to communicate hazards associated with climate change which is a very real threat to communities in northern Alaska. This mapping and data collection resource might serve as a useful model for Washington communities planning for coastal change.
By Morgan Mak, WA Emergency Management Division
Admit it. The word Resilience sometimes causes the same reaction as nails running down a chalkboard.
I’m often asked my opinion on the difference between Mitigation and Resilience. Depending on how sassy of a mood I’m in my response can range from a sarcastic eye roll to a full on enthusiastic lecture describing something pretty dang near utopia. Although Resilience might be a favorite buzzword thrown around in meetings and conferences, the concept is what we’ve all recognized as an end goal for humanity since forever. Seriously! Cavemen figured out how to hunt wild beasts many times their size, build fire to cook the meat harvested from their hunts, and not die from the hundreds of diseases we still worry about to this day. That is some serious application of how not to let the risks posed by the existing natural hazards negatively impact your livelihood.
Recognizing the Role of People for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative Can Enhance Funding to Coastal Communities
By Melissa Watkinson
During my Hershman fellowship at The Nature Conservancy I have had the opportunity to work on bringing people more into the picture for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative (WCRI). If you aren’t familiar with the program, WCRI was developed with the intention to create an avenue for project funding along the Washington Coast where restoration impacts can be tremendous, economies are struggling, and potential funding sources are limited. Projects proposed in WCRI are anticipated to have direct benefits for both the local community and the local environment. This year, the WCRI proposal includes a request for funding of about $12.5 million from the State Capital Budget, with nearly 18 projects that span the entire coast.
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