Presentation Abstract

Many agencies, organizations, and communities across Puget Sound are working to restore nearshore habitats from historic degradation to reestablish or maintain the functionality of these ecosystems. Sea level rise is expected to cause increased coastal flooding in low-lying areas and increased storm surge reach in coastal zones. There is widespread recognition that these new threats must be addressed in the siting, design, and maintenance of Puget Sound’s nearshore habitat restoration projects, especially given the limited resources available for restoration. In spite of this, existing information on sea level rise has not yet been synthesized in a way that facilitates incorporation into nearshore restoration. Building off the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP), the study team has developed a draft guidance document that will help restoration practitioners and funders identify the specific issues that sea level rise raises for restoration. This guidance document is being developed using results from a Restoration and Sea Level Rise Workshop held in the spring on 2017, which brought together some of Puget Sound’s best restoration experts to help identify how restoration decisions may be affected by sea level rise, and to identify specific restoration questions or issues that sea level rise raises for restoration efforts. By breaking the question down into a set of shoreforms and specific restoration actions, the guidance aims to provide practitioners with the tools needed to plan restoration in a way that is robust to sea level rise and more likely to ensure a resilient path to recovery.

Session Title

Restoration and Protection Today for an Uncertain Tomorrow: Climate Change in Practice

Keywords

Sea level rise, Restoration, Guidance

Conference Track

SSE5: Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Research

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE5-508

Start Date

5-4-2018 10:45 AM

End Date

5-4-2018 11:00 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Sea level rise guidance for nearshore habitat restoration in Puget Sound

Many agencies, organizations, and communities across Puget Sound are working to restore nearshore habitats from historic degradation to reestablish or maintain the functionality of these ecosystems. Sea level rise is expected to cause increased coastal flooding in low-lying areas and increased storm surge reach in coastal zones. There is widespread recognition that these new threats must be addressed in the siting, design, and maintenance of Puget Sound’s nearshore habitat restoration projects, especially given the limited resources available for restoration. In spite of this, existing information on sea level rise has not yet been synthesized in a way that facilitates incorporation into nearshore restoration. Building off the Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP), the study team has developed a draft guidance document that will help restoration practitioners and funders identify the specific issues that sea level rise raises for restoration. This guidance document is being developed using results from a Restoration and Sea Level Rise Workshop held in the spring on 2017, which brought together some of Puget Sound’s best restoration experts to help identify how restoration decisions may be affected by sea level rise, and to identify specific restoration questions or issues that sea level rise raises for restoration efforts. By breaking the question down into a set of shoreforms and specific restoration actions, the guidance aims to provide practitioners with the tools needed to plan restoration in a way that is robust to sea level rise and more likely to ensure a resilient path to recovery.