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NOAA Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk (Training)


The Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk is a participatory process for assessing a community’s vulnerability to hazards and for incorporating relevant data and information about hazards and climate into ongoing local planning and decision-making.

The Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk approach focuses a hazards and climate lens on existing issues such as water availability, stormwater management and runoff, and infrastructure maintenance and placement.

 This means identifying how hazards and climate change can intensify these issues. The approach incorporates relevant hazards and climate data and information into ongoing assessment and planning processes. This participatory assessment process is designed to:

• Engage key staff members and stakeholders in a comprehensive, yet rapid, assessment of local vulnerabilities;
• Use existing information resources to evaluate potential hazard and climate impacts;
• Collaborate across disciplines to better understand and plan for impacts; and
• Identify opportunities for improving resilience to current and future hazard risks.

The Roadmap process emphasizes the value of collaboration, local knowledge, spatial data, and multimedia materials (photos, charts, and newspaper articles) in enabling people to share their concerns and priorities about the impacts of hazard and climate change on their community.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Assessment, Climate, Data, Environmental Health, Natural Disaster


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