April 26th, 2023

Adapting Coastal Cities to Sea Level Rise in North America - U.S. West Coast

Sea'Ties, an Ocean Decade endorsed project focused on facilitating the development of public policies and the implementation of adaptation solutions for coastal cities threatened by rising sea levels, has released a report, "Adapting Coastal Cities and Territories to Sea Level Rise in North America - U.S. West Coast: Challenges and Leading Practices."

Published with the support of the City of Santa Cruz, California, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Center for Sea Rise Solutions, this report provides an overview of trends, obstacles and leading practices of adaptation to sea level rise across the U.S. West Coast. Complementing the analysis of the previous reports dedicated to the Northern Europe and Mediterranean regions, it highlights tools, projects, and activities to support development and sharing of actionable knowledge; meaningful community engagement; and phased adaptation – with a focus on managed retreat. 

The report draws on the Sea'ties workshop organized on September 12, 2022, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in France, which mobilized close to 60 stakeholders of coastal adaptation from the U.S., complemented by a series of interviews. It benefitted from the experience and insight of partners who shared resources and contributed to the review. 

For further information contact Lisa Devignol: ldevignol@ocean-climate.org

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