Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times

Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times

by Timothy Beatley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597265616

ISBN-13: 9781597265614

Pub. Date: 06/29/2009

Publisher: Island Press


Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of coastal storms around the globe, and the anticipated rise of sea levels will have enormous impact on fragile and vulnerable coastal regions. In the U.S., more than 50% of the population inhabits coastal areas. In Planning for Coastal Resilience, Tim Beatley argues that, in the face of…  See more details below

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Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of coastal storms around the globe, and the anticipated rise of sea levels will have enormous impact on fragile and vulnerable coastal regions. In the U.S., more than 50% of the population inhabits coastal areas. In Planning for Coastal Resilience, Tim Beatley argues that, in the face of such threats, all future coastal planning and management must reflect a commitment to the concept of resilience. In this timely book, he writes that coastal resilience must become the primary design and planning principle to guide all future development and all future infrastructure decisions.
 
Resilience, Beatley explains, is a profoundly new way of viewing coastal infrastructure—an approach that values smaller, decentralized kinds of energy, water, and transport more suited to the serious physical conditions coastal communities will likely face. Implicit in the notion is an emphasis on taking steps to build adaptive capacity, to be ready ahead of a crisis or disaster. It is anticipatory, conscious, and intentional in its outlook.
 
After defining and explaining coastal resilience, Beatley focuses on what it means in practice. Resilience goes beyond reactive steps to prevent or handle a disaster. It takes a holistic approach to what makes a community resilient, including such factors as social capital and sense of place. Beatley provides case studies of five U.S. coastal communities, and “resilience profiles” of six North American communities, to suggest best practices and to propose guidelines for increasing resilience in threatened communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597265614
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/29/2009
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction: Climate Change and Coastal Resilience
 
PART I. Coastal Resilience: Background and Vulnerability
Chapter 1. Coastal Resilience: What Is It?
Chapter 2. The Vulnerability of Coastal Communities
 
PART II. Approaches to Planning for Coastal Resilience
Chapter 3. Coastal Resilience: Key Planning Dimensions
Chapter 4. Barriers to Coastal Resilience
Chapter 5. Understanding the Political Setting and Context
Chapter 6. Principles of Coastal Resilience
Chapter 7. Tools and Techniques for Enhancing and Strengthening Coastal Resilience
 
PART III. Best Practice in Planning for Coastal Resilience
Chapter 8. Worcester County, Maryland
Chapter 9. Cannon Beach and the Northwest Oregon Coast
Chapter 10. Palm Beach County, Florida
Chapter 11. Charleston County, South Carolina
Chapter 12. New Orleans, Louisiana, and Resilience After Katrina
Chapter 13. Brief Coastal Resilience Profiles
Conclusion: The Promise of Coastal Resilience
 
Appendix 1. Passive Survivability: A Checklist for Action
References
Index
 

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