Sea level rise adaptation tools for San Juan archipelago & Salish Sea


Tina Whitman, Friends of the San Juans

Webinar Date: 12/10/2015

Many climate projections show that sea levels will continue to rise over the course of the next century. If this continues, coastal communities will be most at risk. Many coastal infrastructures currently in place may not hold up to rising sea levels, and researchers and land managers around the region are beginning to consider future impacts to coastal lands, species, properties and structures.

In 2013, the NPLCC partnered with Friends of the San Juans, Coastal Geological Services Inc., U.S. Geological Survey, and Resource Media to develop sea-level rise adaptation tools for San Juan archipelago and Salish Sea to determine how rising sea levels might affect the islands. Though this study was specific to the San Juan Islands, process, results, and lessons learned can be used as a case study applicable to other coastal geographies.