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Communities are increasingly seeing impacts to shorelines. In the next thirty years, it is almost certain that these coastal flooding and erosion hazards will become more severe and frequent as extreme storms and high tides are intensified by sea-level rise.
Preparing for a New Coastal Future: Scientific observations, Diverse voices and Collaborative risk
Speaker: Laura Engeman, Coastal Resilience Specialist, California Sea Grant/ Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Thursday, September 28, 2023
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
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About the Topic
Communities are increasingly seeing impacts to shorelines. In the next thirty years, it is almost certain that these coastal flooding and erosion hazards will become more severe and frequent as extreme storms and high tides are intensified by sea-level rise. Several city and county planners are experimenting with Dynamic Adaptation Pathway Planning (DAPP), an approach defined as a sequence of adaptation actions or strategies over time which can allow for flexibility among policies, cope with uncertainty, and potentially spread the adaptation costs (Haasnoot et al., 2013). To implement this strategy effectively, they need to have robust methods for measuring and monitoring when hazards threaten the natural shoreline’s ability to recover or when an adaptation strategy is likely to fail.
This talk will discuss advancements in how agencies, community members, and scientists can all play a role in tracking coastal change and signals of accelerating risks. Adaptation needs buy-in and trust from the community. This can be done by blending advancements in monitoring sea-level rise and impacts, experimental adaptation strategies, and engagement by community members with photos, videos and media.
About the Speaker
Laura Engeman is a Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with a joint appointment between the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and California Sea Grant. Her work is focused on providing California coastal communities with interdisciplinary scientific research, training, and tools to understand the impacts of climate change and inform adaptation strategies. This includes using data and projections to understand flooding risks and vulnerabilities, building San Diego and Baja binational coastal resilience science collaborations, and developing best practices for coastal adaptation strategies.
Laura engages with coastal managers, research scientists, industry, policymakers and a broad range of diverse communities. She leads the California Dune Science Network, co-chairs the California Sea Level Rise Science Task Force and serves on the NASA Sea Level Research Team Practitioner Board. She is also a strategic advisor for the Climate Science Alliance, a nonprofit serving Tribal and other diverse communities. Prior to this position, Laura served as the Executive Director of The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and led a number of state coastal policy and restoration projects for the California Ocean Protection Council and the California State Coastal Conservancy. Laura has a M.A. in International Environmental Policy with a coastal management emphasis from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
- Haasnoot, M., Warren, A., Kwakkel, J.H. (2019). Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways (DAPP), Chapter in Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty. Springer, Cham.
- Engeman L, Shabo C, Sadrpour N, Hubbard D, Johnston K, Grubbs M. California’s Experience with Dunes and Coastal Resilience: A Synthesis of the 2021 Coastal Dunes for Resilience Workshop. California Sea Grant Publication #_ March 2022.
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