Incorporating Sea Level Change Scenarios at the Local Level

When it comes to planning for sea level change impacts, the “one-size-fits-all” approach is not realistic. There are simply too many scientific variables, risk perceptions, and political implications unique to each location to consider. For this reason a scenario approach is preferred. Considering a range of possibilities lets community members and officials incorporate appropriate variables for their community when deciding how to best prepare for the future.

This publication, a companion document for a NOAA technical publication, outlines eight steps a community can take to develop site-appropriate scenarios. Due diligence is required for this process, but the result will be a reasonable and realistic approach to coastal community planning.

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  • Office for Coastal Management
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  • Office of Coast Survey

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