From Sea to Shining Sea: Bridging Science and Decision-Making Across the Coastal Adaptation Planning Landscape

From Sea to Shining Sea: Bridging Science and Decision-Making Across the Coastal Adaptation Planning Landscape

Libby A Carnahan
University of Florida IFAS Extension
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Concurrent Sessions 1
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Due to a lack of coordinated state and federal guidance, many coastal local governments are initiating their own adaptation planning efforts. When cities and counties lack staff, fiscal and scientific resources to evaluate risks and plan for adaptation, they often turn to boundary organizations for assistance. In this session, Sea Grant Extension Agents and Specialists will share their best practices in helping communities bridge the gaps in climate change adaptation. Each program tailors engagement to help coastal communities plan for short and long-term impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.

Nationally, Sea Grant finds that common keys to success are (1) placing trusted Sea Grant Agents in a convening role for community conversations; (2) tailoring scientific information, tools and resources from partner Universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations for local relevance; and (3) establishing integrative partnerships and regional networks to foster collaboration and information sharing between decision makers and stakeholders.

The session will include an overview of the national Sea Grant Extension and Legal Programs, brief overviews of case studies (Tampa Bay, FL; Erie, PA; northeastern North Carolina; Maryland’s Eastern Shore; and coastal communities in Connecticut and Santa Barbara, California), and a facilitated discussion with audience input sharing lessons learned and best practices for co-productive adaptation planning.


Keeping Pace with a Changing Climate
Libby Carnahan , UF IFAS Extension
Lessons Learned from North Carolina: Sea Grant’s Role in Engaging for Adaptation
Jessica Whitehead, North Carolina Sea Grant
Bridging Gaps to Support Resilient Communities in Coastal NH
Lisa Graichen, New Hampshire Sea Grant Extension
Monique Myers, University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Lisa Schiavinato, California Sea Grant
Moving Climate Adaptation Forward in Connecticut: one project at a time
Juliana Barrett, Connecticut Sea Grant