Climate Change

Cost-Efficient Adaptation Planning in the North Atlantic

Esperanza Stancioff is part of a team of NOAA and Sea Grant representatives targeting local municipal officials in the North Atlantic region to provide them with real-world examples from other towns and counties’ efforts to increase resilience to hazards, including sea-level rise, inundation, flooding, and storm surge. Four towns in each state from Maine to Virginia have been interviewed about adaptation actions, results, and costs. The project is funded by a NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team and Sea Grant Collaboration Grant, 2011-2013.

Planning for a Changing Climate: A Participatory Approach to Fishing Community Adaptation

Changes in climate are placing pressure on Atlantic fisheries and the communities they support. Using a participatory modeling process, this project brings together local stakeholders in the town of South Thomaston, Maine, to characterize community vulnerability and identify actions intended to increase community resilience.

Coastal Community Adaptation Strategies in a Changing Climate

Building on several projects related to municipal management of extreme rainfall events (funded by National Sea Grant and NSF EPSCoR Sustainability Solutions Initiative), we are working with the City of Ellsworth to address increasing extreme rainfall conditions and prevent flooding and erosion. We have developed user-friendly models that use GIS and Google Earth to show stormwater infrastructure vulnerabilities and help the community assess and prioritize emergency management needs.