Planning for Global Sea-Level Rise in Oregon, U.S.A.
Sea level -- Environmental aspects -- Oregon, Climatic changes -- Environmental impacts -- Oregon, Climate Action Program
Phillip Johnson, Executive Director Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition
The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition’s "Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project" is under development as an experiment in grassroots organizing for adaptive planning for expected climate change impacts. Oregon Shores is a regional conservation group with a 40-year history of working to protect marine, shoreline, estuarine and other coastal habitats. The organization’s board and staff came to recognize that the likely effects of climate change—rising sea levels, more intensive storm surges, increased erosion, lower-river flooding, among others—would affect every aspect of the group’s work. Consequently, a new program, the Climate Action Program, was created to address the need for long-range adaptive planning to preserve the resilience of communities, both human and natural. Oregon Shores’ premise in developing the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project is that for adaptive planning to be meaningful, broad community acceptance and support are necessary. The project is thus designed as a grassroots effort, with the aim of developing broad support before any proposal should be submitted to local governments.
Peterson, Curt D., "Impacts of Predicted Global Sea-Level Rise on Oregon Beaches and Tidelands" (2013). Geology Faculty Publications and Presentations. 45.