Tag Archives: Coastal Zone Management

The ups and downs of sea level rise

Two intriguing articles released recently proving, once again, that there are two sides to every story.  As with many of the expected results of climate change, there will be winners and losers in the sea level rise story. Sea Level … Continue reading

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Stakeholder-driven ocean management

Creating A Blueprint For Our Coast How can multiple, competing uses co-exist compatibly? What’s often missing from planning is science-based information that evaluates the compatibility of conflicting uses and environmental impacts. New tools are available to help analyze current and … Continue reading

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Ocean Frontiers – A New Era in Ocean Stewardship

Ocean Frontiers. “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship”, a documentary about marine spatial planning, was just premiered at the Living on the Edge Coastal Communities Conference. The documentary showcases the processes and successes realized by … Continue reading

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Urbanization and Estuaries – challenge and opportunity

These two very interesting papers came across the wires the other day and, while at face they may not seem all that related, we thought that – taken together – they suggest some exciting synergies for coastal urban environments. A … Continue reading

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Principles of adaptation and resilience for coastal cities

In this interview, World Bank urban specialist Anthony Bigio succinctly outlines three critical areas for North African coastal cities to consider when thinking about climate change adaptation and resilience: Urban Planning – cities are projected to grow rapidly from now … Continue reading

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Top 20 endangered beaches in MA

Is your favorite beach eroding?  Is it losing ground to sea-level rise and coastal storms?  Many beaches in Massachusetts are eroding, but we wanted to know – which beaches are eroding the fastest? The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management … Continue reading

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What happens to a nourished beach in a storm?

A nourished beach is a carefully designed engineering project with many positive synergistic effects, not a simple dump of sand on the berm.  Unfortunately, many projects are perceived to have failed in a storm only because the dynamics and intent … Continue reading

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Possible erosion fix in the works | CapeCodOnline.com

Possible erosion fix in the works | CapeCodOnline.com. Cape officials are looking for help for their rapidly disappearing beaches from the very source of the problem — the ocean. At a meeting earlier this week, officials from across the Cape … Continue reading

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The benefits of coastal management

New approach reveals the benefits of coastal management. Here is an interesting article about some research in the UK combining salt marsh restoration modeling with contingent valuation to target the most efficient and beneficial sites for “managed realignment” (breaching coastal … Continue reading

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Littoral cells delineated for Cape Cod

The Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension (CCCE) recently released a Longshore Sediment Transport report for Cape Cod.  This is a useful report for the public , coastal managers, conservation commissions, and landowners in that it … Continue reading

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