NEW! The Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook is now available.
NEW! The Coastal Adaptation Strategies: Case Studies report is now available for download.
NEW! Sea Level Rise brief [PDF] co-authored with NOAA's Marine Protected Areas Center
NEW! From Park Science: Planning for the impact of sea-level rise on U.S. national parks
- Support scientific research, inventory, and monitoring activities to gather data and improve understanding of climate and weather phenomena affecting coastal parks.
- Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments to identify projected impacts of climate and other stressors on park resources and operations.
- Develop guidance and tools to help NPS managers understand vulnerability and take actions that will increase resource resilience, including actions that are compatible with the dynamic coastal environment.
- Develop educational materials to inform the public about the need for comprehensive, swift, and effective measures to help the NPS conserve ocean and coastal park resources for future generations.
- Vulnerability assessments for sea and lake level changes published for 22 parks through a partnership with the USGS, in addition to decision-support tool development at Assateague Island National Seashore: https://wh.er.usgs.gov/slr/
- The NPS is developing a Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook for coastal area park response to effects associated with storms and sea level rise.
- Dr. Robert Young and Katie Peek completed exposure to 1m of sea level rise assessments for facilities in 40 coastal parks. Another 30 parks are under study.
- Dr. Maria Caffrey is leading a project to provide historical data and projections for sea level and storm surge for 118 park units.
- The NPS continues to evaluate construction projects in the coastal zone after Hurricane Sandy for adaptation to climate change.
Last updated: February 6, 2019