Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook

The Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook [10.7 mb PDF] summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks. The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education. The handbook highlights processes, tools and examples that are applicable to many types of NPS plans and decisions. One chapter includes a case study of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information including cost per unit length of constructed features (including seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based features). The level of detail varies by topic depending on the state of research and practice in that field.
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Download the handbook [10.7 mb PDF]
Individual chapters of the Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook are available for download below:
Executive Summary (90 kb PDF)
Chapter 2: Policy [120 kb PDF]
Chapter 3: Planning [650 kb PDF]
Glossary [50 kb PDF]
The new Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook complements an earlier compilation of 24 case studies from NPS managers working to combat climate change impacts on coastal park resources.

Find new and updated resources referenced in the Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook.

Last updated: November 10, 2016

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