Adaptation Costs of Rising Sea Levels and Storm Flooding: An Economic Framework for Coastal Communities


Corinne Patterson (Editor)

Series: Coastal and Oceanic Landforms, Development and Management
BISAC: NAT045050

Coastal areas across the United States are beginning to incorporate sea level rise adaptation into their community planning. One of the most challenging aspects of adapting to sea level rise is understanding the economic implications of future inundation risk, and the costs and benefits of different adaptation options. Communities are already grappling with difficult decisions about how to locate, maintain, and protect expensive community infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, and wastewater treatment plants.

This book provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding. The four-step framework can be used to perform a holistic assessment of costs and benefits of different adaptation approaches across a community, or to focus in on select infrastructure. The book also discusses the expertise needed at each step in the process. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure (pp. 1-122)
Eastern Research Group, Inc.

Chapter 2 – Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Hurricane Sandy Recovery (pp. 123-138)
Nicole T. Carter


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