Alliance Co-Hosts Adaptation Planning Workshop for Coastal Communities


The Alliance co-hosted the “Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities Workshop” in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the University of Southern California Sea Grant, to help develop practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes.

The Climate Science Alliance co-hosted the “Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities Workshop” last week in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the University of Southern California Sea Grant, to help foster practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes.

The training involved entities from a variety of backgrounds - city planners, floodplain managers, public works staff, engineers, consultants, coastal resource managers, and science-outreach organizations - to explore effective steps in the adaptation planning process. Participants applied the basic elements of the adaptation planning framework, and practiced how to identify sensitive community assets, scope vulnerability assessments, and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies. Throughout the training, entities discussed the challenges and opportunities for developing adaptation planning, while sharing insight on successful case studies in the region. Most of the case studies, including Venice Coastal Zone and Cardiff Dunes, emphasized innovative and interdisciplinary design and planning for overcoming the future impacts of sea level rise. Participants left with a variety of tools for applying these adaptation elements in a real-world setting.

The Alliance is excited to support our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to provide capacity building trainings such as these. Visit trnerr.org to learn more about the training and additional coastal training programs.

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