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Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

NOS Releases Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Guide

climate adaptation guide

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has released a coastal climate adaptation guide to help state and territory coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce risks of possible climate change impacts.

Written in response to requests from state coastal managers for NOAA guidance on adaptation planning, “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” was created specifically for state-level programs.

The guide compiles information from a number of sources and includes techniques being used successfully by coastal managers to plan for other coastal hazards such as hurricanes. The guide includes science-based information on climate change and outlines steps for setting up a planning process, assessing vulnerability, devising a strategy, and implementing the plan. States can use selected steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on their needs. The guide is intended to be an aid, not a prescriptive directive, for developing and implementing adaptation plans.

The goal of the guide is to help coastal states and communities get organized to take action in the face of a changing climate, have the tools to take action, and take action to plan for and adapt to the impacts of climate change.