The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report outlining different ways that coastal managers of all levels can help adapt to on-going climate change. It focuses on nine general goals:
- Maintain/restore wetlands
- Maintain sediment transport
- Preserve coastal land/development (including infrastructure)
- Maintain shorelines utilizing “soft” measures
- Maintain shorelines utilizing “hard” measures
- Invasive species management
- Preserve habitat for vulnerable species
- Maintain water quality
- Maintain water availability
For each goal the report includes a table showing the benefits and challenges of each described adaptive action. While we haven’t had a chance to read through the whole paper yet, it appears to be concise and useful.
Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas (PDF, 920 KB).