S2:Preparing for the Next High Tide: Strategies for Sea Level Rise
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
10:30 a.m. - noon EDT
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Sea level rise will have wide-reaching impacts for the economy, natural resources, historic resources, infrastructure and quality of life in Delaware and Maryland. Sea levels in the region have already risen by about a foot over the past century; continued climate change could result in sea levels of 2 to 6 feet above their current height by the end of the century. Without proactive planning, sea level rise will result in irrevocable changes to our way of life throughout the region. Professional and volunteer planners are uniquely able to understand, communicate and assess the risks of sea level rise to their communities and resources. However, incorporating this future risk into planning processes and choosing adaptation strategies can be a significant challenge because of uncertainty, length of planning horizon, public opinion, and funding. This session is designed to help break down these barriers and to provide tools and information to kick start planning efforts for sea level rise. Session participants will hear first-hand sea level rise experiences from Annapolis, MD and South Bethany, DE and learn strategies for incorporating sea level rise into local planning processes and codes. A national expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss the most recent sea level rise trends and science. Participants will also learn about tools, maps and funding opportunities for planning for sea level rise. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.