Coming climate change could affect the Oregon coast in many ways, from sea level rise and increased erosion to droughts and floods to damaged infrastructure and altered ecosystems. How can we respond creatively and thoughtfully to these challenges, preserving natural and human communities in the midst of a shifting landscape? How can we adapt?
To answer these vital questions, Oregon Shores created the Climate Action Program.
We have now launched a special pilot project in Lincoln County to explore the issue of adaptation to climate change. The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project will organize teams of county citizens to examine the issues, assist with broad public education on climate change and draft action plans. (All Lincoln County residents are invited to participate in this project.)
Our goal is eventually to work with citizens in all coastal communities to prepare far-sighted adaptation plans for climate change.
To learn more or to volunteer, contact: Paris Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator, (541) 414-9371.
| Jan 17 Climate Project Delivers Educational Papers on Climate Adaptation|
Scientist at work measuring beach width and sea level rise. Photo courtesy of DOGAMI. One key element of our Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project was the development of a set of background papers, written for interested citizens on climate science and planning for the future impact of climate change on the Oregon coast.
For this effort we recruited some of Oregon’s most distinguished scientists whose work sheds light on these issues, along with some of our most prominent land use lawyers, to produce papers on a wide range of subjects, from sea level rise and beach erosion to state law and planning tools.
The edited volume of papers is now available as “Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast” . For those who would like a printed version, it will soon be for sale as a print-on-demand book through Amazon.
This document will be updated with additional chapters and revisions as needed. Please let us know if anything is unclear, if you believe we have committed any sins of omission or commission, or if you find we haven’t covered a topic of interest to you.
But for now, we’re glad to be able to offer you this as a building block toward for addressing climate change as it affects the Oregon coast.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
| Jan 19 Climate Adaptation Project Takes Stock After Pilot Year|
Oregon Shores’ Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project has completed a successful pilot year. A plan for future years has been developed, reflecting what was learned during the experimental first year. Funding is now being sought to convert this effort into an ongoing program to address the impacts of climate change to the Oregon coast. Oregon Shores extends a special thanks to those who ...