Sea Level Rise Research and Dialogue in North Carolina: Creating Windows for Policy Change

TitleSea Level Rise Research and Dialogue in North Carolina: Creating Windows for Policy Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPoulter B, Feldman RL, Brinson MM, Horton BP, Orbach MK, Pearsall SH, Reyes E, Riggs SR, Whitehead JC
JournalOcean & Coastal Management
Volume52
Issue3-4
Pagination147-153
Date Published04/2009
Abstract

Coastal areas are among the world's most vulnerable landscapes to impacts related to climate change, including inundation from sea-level rise (SLR), increased exposure to shoreline erosion, and greater frequency and intensity of storms. The status of research on the physical, ecological, and socio-economic effects of vulnerability to SLR and progress toward planning for its consequences varies from region to region worldwide. Here, we synthesize the results of three decades of SLR research and the development of coastal management policies in North Carolina, USA. We identify the major factors responsible for opening new policy ‘windows’ that address SLR, including how stakeholders have developed an increased understanding of the risks, the extent of public dialogue about potential response strategies, and advances in political receptivity to policy change. Research and policy progress in North Carolina continue to provide a model for other regions to help guide and evaluate the development of coastal policies.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096456910800118X
DOI10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2008.09.010