Virginia's coastal region is at extreme risk from sea level rise and the increasing storm inundations associated with climate change, suffering the most acute and chronic problems from sea level rise on the East Coast. Because of its unusual geological features, including subsidence, this region is at highest national risk second only to New Orleans.
Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. How can the community protect important ecosystem services and maintain the fabric of social cohesion while the community also struggles with extreme fiscal austerity, fear of future damage and losses, along with limited understanding of this difficult complex topic?
Working with Virginia's coastal region to address sea level rise is an ongoing, collaborative process between our project partners and their communities. To learn more about our previous and current projects visit the listening sessions and regional focus groups sections of our website.