What can coastal resilience teach Tornado Alley?
Hint: it has to do with hurricane clips.
Follow-up on climate change grants in Massachusetts
We reported in January that the Patrick Administration in MA was ready to start a $40m grant program for coastal communities to prepare for climate change. $1m has been awarded in 10 grants so far. You can read all about it here.
New publication in the Library
Bobbak Talebi, network member and Coastal Planner at the Department of Ecology, has created a database of WA communities that are adapting to sea level rise. This was created for the Coastal Training Program's new class, Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Planning Opportunities for Washington State. This database has been added to the CHRN library. We hope to have similar documents for other hazards available soon. If you know of a community taking action for sea level rise or other coastal hazards, email me through the link at the top of this page.
A busy time for the federal government!
First, the 2014 National Climate Assessment has been released. This is the third NCA and it details how climate change has already been observed around the United States. The NCA includes chapters that focus on specific geographic regions, economic sectors, and indigenous people. You can directly view the Northwest regional chapter here. The White House has also put out press releases that break observed climate change down even further by state. The Washington press release is here and is worth a look.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking lead and partner institutions to form a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. You can view one of those calls here on grants.gov, or go to our grants calendar for more information.
Thirdly, the NOAA Ocean Service has released a "road map" for the next 3-5 years, showing how NOAA will take action on:
•Coastal resilience: preparedness, response, and recovery
The road map is a great window into the new Office for Coastal Management (OCM), the new combined OCRM/CSC. OCM is lead on important outcomes under the Coastal Resilience priority, plays a solid supporting role in coastal intelligence and place-based conservation priorities (although is lead on the place-based outcome related to “Ecosystems Service Valuation” on p. 14).
Robert Pirani and Laura Tolkoff, writing for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, have published "Lessons from Sandy." Highlights of this meaty document include:
- their definition of resilience: "the capacity to recover quickly from shocks and stressors while at the same time reducing future risk."
As they put it, “Resilience” emerged as a buzzword after Hurricane Sandy, but it has existed in many disciplines to describe a system’s capacity to recover from adversity. In the urban context, resilience is a community’s ability to rebound quickly from shocks and stressors while at the same time reducing future risk (Rodin and Garris 2012). Implicit in this definition is the focus on iterative learning, adapting in the face of adversity, and risk reduction. By incorporating resilience as a goal for planning, investment, and operations, metropolitan areas can become less vulnerable over time. Importantly, resilience is about managing known risks but also about preparing for the unpredictable. Consequently, resilience requires solutions that are robust across many future conditions, with multiple lines of defense, and with opportunities to learn as uncertainties become known."
-a holistic view of resilience, which meshes together disaster relief, insurance and flood risks, infrastructure and science.
-recommendations for federal actions (which begin on page 34). This is particularly relevant to those of us who are involved with the President's Adaptation Task Force right now.
You can view the document here and a link will be in the library going forward.
The contents of this website, including the blog, forum, and links to other sites, are provided for informational use and may not reflect the positions and priorities of all network members, including Washington Sea Grant and the Department of Ecology. Comments posted to this site do not constitute formal public comment. Ecology, Sea Grant and network members do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on any linked websites.