Surging Seas announces their web tool is now available for 11 states including Washington. The Surging Seas team has announced their willingness to do an explanatory webinar; if one is planned, we will announce it through the Coastal Resilience listserv.
The tool can show up to ten feet of sea level rise as well as added map layers like infrastructure, income and contamination risks.
• "Fast Look" pages are printable PDF summaries for each place analyzed that integrate diverse findings and key explainers into one-stop destinations.
• New map layers show race, ethnicity and per capita income of exposed populations.
• Embedding the map for your website is now fast, easy and flexible. Set the map how you want it, and click on "Embed" in the lower right-hand corner.
• Comparisons for total vs. unprotected exposure allow quick assessment of potential protection from levees, ridges and other major features.
One of their new findings for Washington: more than $5 billion in property and 11,000 people occupy Puget Sound area land that would be exposed below 4 feet, a flood level likely to be seen by midcentury under mid-range projections.
Personally, I've had some difficulty getting the tool to work on state computers, so let me know if you've had better luck.
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).
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