Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

Coastal communities are in need of practical tools to aid in adapting to sea-level rise. Inter-jurisdictional cooperation and legal maneuvering may be required to protect existing and planned development, infrastructure, and ecological resources from the threats posed by sea-level rise.

This tool kit begins with a brief discussion of climate change impacts based upon common scientific understandings. Following that, readers are presented with a selection of planning, regulatory, spending, and tax based devices that have been designed to shield coastal communities from the impacts of sea-level rise.

The "Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use" was published in 2011 by the Georgetown Climate Center.  Jessica Grannis authored the guide with the assistance of students at the Georgetown University Law Center's Harrison Institute for Public Law.