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Achieving Sustainability Goals for Urban Coasts in the US Northeast: Research Needs and ChallengesIn the wake of Hurricane Sandy and other recent extreme events, urban coastal communities in the northeast region of the United States are beginning or stepping up efforts to integrate climate adaptation and resilience into long-term coastal planning. Natural and nature-based shoreline strategies have emerged as essential components of coastal resilience and are frequently cited by practitioners, scientists, and the public for the wide range of ecosystem services they can provide. However, there is limited quantitative information associating particular urban shoreline design strategies with specific levels of ecosystem service provision, and research on this issue is not always aligned with decision context and decision-maker needs. Engagement between the research community, local government officials and sustainability practitioners, and the non-profit and private sectors can help bridge these gaps. A workshop to bring together these groups discussed research gaps and challenges in integrating ecosystem services into urban sustainability planning in the urban northeast corridor. Many themes surfaced repeatedly throughout workshop deliberations, including the challenges associated with ecosystem service valuation, the transferability of research and case studies within and outside the region, and the opportunity for urban coastal areas to be a focal point for education and outreach efforts related to ecosystem services.
Document ID
20160012264
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Close, Sarah L.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Montalto, Franco
(Drexel Univ. Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Orton, Philip
(Stevens Inst. of Tech. Hoboken, NJ, United States)
Antoine, Adrienne
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Peters, Danielle
(Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Jones, Hunter
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Parris, Adam
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Blumberg, Alan
(Stevens Inst. of Tech. Hoboken, NJ, United States)
Date Acquired
October 11, 2016
Publication Date
September 28, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: Local Environment
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN36155
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX14AB99A
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
urban coasts
eosystem services
natural and nature-based features
sustainability
climate vulnerability
adaptation
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