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Advanced Prediction of Sea Level Rise and Coastal Inundation for the U.S. Atlantic Coast
NOAA Climate Office Award: NA11OAR43101. Sept 2011 - Aug 2014
Award: $1.5 Million for 7 PIs, 7 universities.
Lead PI: Dr. Ben Horton (UPenn). Co-PIs: Drs Ken Lindeman (FIT), Stephan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute), Andy Kemp (Yale), Michael Mann (PSU), Jeff Donnelly (WHOI), Reide Corbett (ECSU), Dick Peltier (UT).
F.I.T. Climate Adaptation Component: Build comprehensive guidance on the most effective tools for transferring technical information on sea level adaptation to coastal policy makers in real-world political scenarios. Products include analysis of over 1500 climate planning documents from all global regions, including the F.I.T. Virtual Climate Adaptation Library.
Project Adaptation Components include:
1) Analysis of Inundation Information Transfer Tools. We will analyze over 700 climate planning documents from all available sources to identify the most effective means of deploying technical information on the probabilities of coastal inundation to decision-makers.
2) Analysis of Adaptive Response Options. While conducting the above tasks we will gather and assemble a comprehensive guide to the large pool of climate adaptation options available. This sub-product will include species conservation planning and ecosystem service characterizations highlighted by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. We will also preliminarily characterize basic economic attributes of differing planning alternatives.
3) Information Products Tailored for Decision-Makers. We will take the inundation information derived from the larger project components and merge it with the products of the subcomponents above to generate user-friendly print and web-based project summaries in English and Spanish. These products can be deployed with users of highly variable skills to optimize the use of inundation information for climate adaptation and planning.