This year at the 2017-2018 CHRN annual meeting, tsunami and earthquake hazards for Washington were highlighted during a panel presentation. The panel included the following five local experts: Carrie Garrison-Laney of Washington Sea Grant, Randy LeVeque of the University of Washington, Daniel Eungard of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Dan Abramson of the University of Washington, and Ann Bostrom of the University of Washington.
By Hannah Hickey and edited by MaryAnn Wagner
A new report by the Washington Coastal Resilience Project team, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment, provides new projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state.
The report incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and sinking in Seattle. And it provides the latest, probabilistic estimates to let planners weigh the risks of different scenarios.
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.
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