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Coastal Resilience

Take Action by investigating Coastal Resilience strategies and considering approaches for your coastline.
 

Coastal Resilience Defined

 

What is Coastal Resilience?

Resilience is the capacity to anticipate and plan for change, resist damage, rapidly recover, and adapt to changing conditions.  As our climate changes, sea level rise and intensified storms present new challenges and an urgency for innovative approaches to Coastal Resilience in Hawai'i.  

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Coastal Resilience Strategies

A variety of strategies have been implemented across the globe to protect coastal communities.  View the Audubon Coastal Resilience Video for an overview of a variety of approaches.

 

A Coastal Resilience "Toolbox" Might Include:

  • Managed Retreat (For example: setbacks, relocation)

  • Adaptation (For example: elevate buildings)

  • Beach and Dune Restoration

  • Wetland Restoration

  • Natural Area Preservation

  • Temporary Erosion Control (For example: sandbags, erosion blanket)

  • Armoring (For example: permanent rock, seawall)

Can you identify which of these are nature-based solutions and which are not? 

 

Explore the explanation of Nature Based Solutions in this Fact Sheet from the Environmental and Energy Study Institiute:

Fact Sheet | Nature as Resilient Infrastructure – An Overview of Nature-Based Solution

 

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Coastal Resilience in Hawai'i

Visit the UH Sea Grant Hawaiʻi Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience Portal.  Consider browsing the "Guidance for Addressing Sea Level Rise in Community Planning in Hawaiʻi" document being used by local leadership.  Explore the other collaborations and efforts underway.
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Courtney, C.A; Romine, B.M.; Lander, M.; Hintzen, K.D.; Owens, T.M.; Pap, R.A. 2020. Guidance for Addressing Sea Level Rise in Community Planning in Hawai'i. Prepared by Tetra Tech, Inc. for the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program and State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources and Office of Planning, with funding from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management Award No. NA16NOS4730016.

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