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Accession Number PB2013-110852
Title Incorporating Sea Level Change Scenarios at the Local Level.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 20p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Just as flooding threats need to be factored into coastal community planning initiatives, so too should sea level change. Unfortunately, the one size fits all approach does not work. The level of uncertainty represented in sea level projections is one challenge. Furthermore, universal projections cant be uniformly applied to all communities because of the many local variables. These variables include subsidence or uplift, and changes in estuarine and shelf hydrodynamics, regional oceanographic circulation patterns, and river flows. Local calculations are needed. Then add in the local response, where many variables come into play as well. Even if two communities have similar projection numbers, their responses are likely to be widely different because of the external factors specific to their locations that must be considered, such as anticipated local risk, community will, and the type of planning process in which the numbers will be used. Incorporating sea level change into planning processes involves more than selecting a number. That is why this document advocates the scenario approach. Using the information provided here, communities can develop a process that incorporates a range of possibilities and factors.
Keywords Basin
Climate change
Communities
Environmental monitoring
Floods
Global
Projections
Sea level change

 
Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 47B - Dynamic Oceanography
48B - Natural Resource Management
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
97R - Environmental Studies
Corporate Author National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, SC. Coastal Services Center.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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