Focus on Protecting Shores and Property from Sea Level Rise

Oyster larva. ©VASG
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Map showing elevation above the average high tide line in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas of Maryland. ©US Environmental Protection Agency
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Focus on Protecting Shores and Property from Sea Level Rise

Flooding in Virginia Beach. ©Emily Kilroy

Flooding in Virginia Beach. ©Emily Kilroy

Flooding in Virginia Beach. ©Emily Kilroy

Flooding in Virginia Beach. ©Emily Kilroy

A research team led by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation will conduct a series of focus groups on adaptation to sea level rise in Virginia Beach, the Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The focus groups will bring together shoreline property owners with local planners and decision makers to engage in meaningful discussion of practical planning tools to help coastal communities protect their shorelines in the face of sea level rise.

Funded by the 2011 Virginia Sea Grant Coastal Community Adaptation Fund.

Project detail: Tanya Deckla Cobb (UVA), Clay Bernick (City of Virginia Beach), Carl Hershner (VIMS), Lewis Lawrence (Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission), Benjamin McFarlane (Hampton Roads Planning District Commission), Art Schwarzchild (UVA), Curtis Smith (Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission), Skip Stiles (Wetlands Watch). Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience to Address Sea Level Rise.