By Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant
When Washington Sea Grant and the Washington Department of Ecology embarked on the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP) in 2016, we wanted to know how we could rapidly increase local governments’ ability to support coastal resilience to sea level rise and climate change.
The project team recognized we not only needed good science and effective state guidance-- we also needed to test out ideas for resilience planning and communication with local communities. The City of Tacoma and Island County offered to be those pilot communities, providing a larger urban environment and a more rural county, respectively, to look at what support might be needed to address coastal flooding and erosion hazards exacerbated by future conditions. This became the basis for “Objective 3” of the WCRP, and we've been working with local governments in a few ways.
By Lili Bastian, Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow at the Washington State Department of Ecology
In June, Washington Sea Grant’s Ian Miller gave an introduction to the first objective of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP): developing and communicating localized sea level projections using a probabilistic framework for Washington State. To assist local governments in using these projections effectively for shoreline planning decisions, the second objective of the WCRP, led by the Department of Ecology (Ecology), seeks to improve and coordinate the planning guidance of Washington state agencies (Ecology, the Department of Commerce, the Emergency Management Division, and others) so that local governments have a clear and comprehensive framework of planning tools available to address sea level rise.
By Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant
A few months ago Washington Sea Grant's Paul Dye put together a blog post for the CHRN describing the conceptual underpinnings of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP). Now that the WCRP is a bit more than a year old, I wanted to provide a bit more detail on some of what we are doing as part of "Objective 1" of the project, which is focused on:
"Filling critical information gaps and improving the communication of risk about coastal hazards and related climate impacts (sea level rise, storm surge, wave impacts, and shoreline erosion) that hinder planning and action in Washington's coastal communities."
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