State of the Beach/Beach Indicators/Sea Level Rise

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Previous and ongoing greenhouse gas emissions have altered the chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and caused the phenomenon known as climate change. Many expected impacts are already evident from this change in global processes, with coastal effects becoming ever more visible. There is a strong scientific consensus that climate change will result in more frequent and severe storms, increased sea levels from warming water molecules and melting continental ice sheets, and exacerbated erosion of the shoreline. Coastal states must be proactive in increasing the resiliency of their coastal communities and coastlines. Adequate sea level rise policies include conducting thorough sea level rise vulnerability assessments, directing ample outreach to coastal communities and jurisdictions, and developing comprehensive adaptation plans to prepare for and respond to sea level rise.

In this report, we present findings on the state's ability to meet the following checklist:

1. State encourages development of regional and/or local SLR vulnerability assessments with mapping.
2. State encourages development of regional and/or local SLR adaptation plans and implementation plans.
3. State protects habitat that provide landward creep of coasts for wildlife (riparian areas, migration routes, habitat connectivity)
4. State coordinates with municipalities, and encourages local plans and community outreach.

State Sea Level Rise Reports

Select a state from the list below to view the Sea Level Rise indicator page for that state: