Sea level rise is one of the primary effects of global climate change and one that is particularly significant for the state of Delaware. The state’s low average elevation and dependence upon coastal resources for jobs, tourism, and recreation make it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise. These impacts include permanent flooding (or inundation) of wetlands and dry land, saltwater intrusion into fresh water supplies and rising water tables. Rising sea levels will also increase the likelihood of flooding and damage during coastal storm events. The impacts of sea level rise will be felt statewide, as no part of the state is more than ten miles from tidal water.
The state of Delaware takes the threat of sea level rise and climate change seriously and is pursuing proactive measures to reduce its vulnerability to these threats. The state is a leader in sea level rise planning; it has developed sea level rise planning scenarios, mapping tools, vulnerability assessments and recommendations for sea level rise adaptation, all while increasing awareness of the issues and building support for on-the-ground action.
Downloading “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: 2014 Workshop Proceedings and Interim Implementation Plan”
The Workshop Proceedings and Interim Implementation Plan document contains the results of the workshop “Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Implementation the Recommendations of the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee.” Held in March 2014, the workshop brought together stakeholders to develop specific implementation actions for each of the sea level rise adaptation recommendations published by the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee in September 2013. This document provides background about Delaware’s sea level rise adaptation initiative, the purpose of the workshop and a summary of workshop results. It also provides detailed summaries of all discussions that occurred during break-out sessions, including specific implementation activities that can be taken for each recommendation of the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee. This document can be used as an Interim Implementation Plan to guide efforts by stakeholders towards sea level rise adaptation. Workshop results can also be used to develop partnerships, plan projects and inform grant proposals.
Other Documents in the Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide Series:
Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware
Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware