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A Framework for Locally Driven Sea Level Rise Policy and Action
by Carpenter, Adam T., Ph.D., George Mason University, 2019, 323; 10749005
Abstract (Summary)

Sea level rise (SLR) is a potentially devastating process for coastal communities, and many are not adequately prepared. Lacking perfect SLR information, communities must plan and prepare using imperfect information, subject to the needs and preferences of the community. This study identified public and local officials’ preferences for SLR planning in coastal communities on the East Coast of the United States. A survey of over 500 individuals who live in, work in, or regularly visit coastal communities on the East Coast of the United States identified preferred components needed for planning, funding, and conflict resolution methods around SLR plans. Interviews with public officials on Long Beach Island, New Jersey addressed the utility of the survey results to address community needs to reduce SLR risks, protect key assets, and identify local protection priorities. Six key findings describe public preferences on what to include in a plan (such as prioritizing critical infrastructure), methods to reduce conflict (such as discussions with scientists) funding methods, and other components of a community-based sea level rise plan. This work will help communities to build SLR plans to meet their needs while breaking down policymaking barriers.

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Advisor: Sklarew, Dann
Commitee: Jonas, Robert, Liner, Barry, Schopf, Paul, deMonsabert, Sharon
School: George Mason University
Department: Environmental Science and Policy
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Water Resource Management, Public policy, Environmental science
Keywords: Climate change, Community engagement, Environmental policy, Planning and preparedness, Priorities and preferences, Sea level rise
Publication Number: 10749005
ISBN: 978-1-392-19507-9
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