Aug 16 2012 -- Dec 16 2012 Background Papers on Climate Change Now Available
Stronger storms and higher storm surges are expected to hit the Oregon coast.It has been a long time in coming, but a key element in our Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project has now been completed -- or at least completed for the time being.
We have been at work during much of the project's first year (a pilot effort focused on Lincoln County) on a set of papers intended to educate "laypeople" (non-scientists and non-planners) on both climate science and planning issues. We recruited some of Oregon's most distinguished scientists whose work is climate-related, and 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 packet of papers is now ready for public viewing and use. You’ll find our "Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast" here. For those who would like a printed version, it will soon be for sale through Amazon, although this print-on-demand version isn’t quite ready yet.
While we consider this version ready to meet the concerned public, it is still in a sense a "beta" version. We are looking for feedback. Please let us know if anything is unclear, if you believe we have committed any sins of omission or commission, and if you find we haven't covered a topic of interest to you. We intend to continuously improve this product. We also have additional papers in the pipeline.
But for now, we’re glad to be able to offer you this building block of our strategy for addressing climate change as it affects the Oregon coast.