National Research Council (NRC) Study Underscores Need to Address Impacts of Sea Level Rise

A recent National Research Council (NRC) study confirms the need to take action to address the impacts of rising sea levels. The review, requested by numerous state and federal agencies, will be used to ensure that California is safeguarding its citizens, strengthening its economy, and minimizing impacts to natural resources by investing in climate-ready development and infrastructure. This review sets a standard for state and local projects moving forward, related to the impact of rising sea levels. NMMA members in these pilot locations may see the first steps towards these economic and environmental infrastructure changes. 

The NRC study, entitled Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future, finds that previous data showing accelerated sea level rise is consistent with their research conclusions. The full study can be found here  http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13389

State agencies are already integrating the state guidance on sea level rise projections into their regulatory and funding decisions. In 2011, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) unanimously adopted policies to consider sea level rise for major shoreline projects and to prepare a regional adaptation strategy. Recognizing that most response to sea level rise will occur at the local level, BCDC is also working with local, state, and federal partners on its Adapting to Rising Tides project which is formulating measures and approaches to respond to sea level rise.