Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times

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The original research from which this book developed was supported by the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

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Editorial Reviews

FAICP, Emeritus Planning Professor, University of North Carolina - David R. Godschalk

"Tim Beatley scouts the frontiers of sustainable development, bringing back examples of progressive practice from the field. He provides a clear-eyed look at emerging efforts by coastal planners struggling to prepare their communities to cope with forecasts of potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change and sea level rise."
Director, The Laboratory for Coastal Research, Florida International University - Stephen P. Leatherman

"This is the first book to span the range of issues from socioeconomic vulnerability to green technologies facing coastal managers and planners. Tim Beatley, one of the foremost coastal hazard planners, provides guidelines, a checklist for action, and an overall vision for planning for coastal resilience and climate change. Coastal communities face unprecedented challenges and a possible calamitous future; this is what this book hopes to prevent."
James B. Duke Professor Emeritus, Nicholas School of the Environment - Dr. Orrin H. Pilkey

"In this very timely volume, Tim Beatley points out the profound changes that will soon occur along our coasts including sea level rise and increased intensity of storms. In response to these threats, Beatley argues that the principles of coastal resilience afford the way to a sound coastal management future. Case studies and specific examples of resilience approaches make this book a critical addition to the library of anyone concerned with the future of the world's coasts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597265621
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 667,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the
University of Virginia. His books include Green Urbanism Down Under (Island Press, 2008) and Resilient Cities (Island Press, 2008).

The work described in this book was commissioned and supported by the
Coastal Services Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, its mission is to foster and sustain the environmental and economic well-being of the nation’s coasts by linking people, information, and technology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Climate Change and Coastal Resilience xi

I Coastal Resilience: Background and Vulnerability 1

Chapter 1 Coastal Resilience: What Is It? 3

Chapter 2 The Vulnerability of Coastal Communities 13

II Approaches to Planning for Coastal Resilience 27

Chapter 3 Coastal Resilience: Key Planning Dimensions 29

Chapter 4 Barriers to Coastal Resilience 43

Chapter 5 Understanding the Political Setting and Context 53

Chapter 6 Principles of Coastal Resilience 59

Chapter 7 Tools and Techniques for Enhancing and Strengthening Coastal Resilience 73

III Best Practices in Planning for Coastal Resilience 97

Chapter 8 Worcester County, Maryland 99

Chapter 9 Cannon Beach and the Northwest Oregon Coast 111

Chapter 10 Palm Beach County, Florida 123

Chapter 11 Charleston County, South Carolina 129

Chapter 12 New Orleans, Louisiana, and Resilience after Katrina 135

Chapter 13 Brief Coastal Resilience Profiles 143

La Plata, Maryland: Rebuilding after a Devastating Tornado 143

The Villages at Loreto Bay, Baja California Sur: A Model of a New, Resilient, and Sustainable Coastal Town 146

Kinston, North Carolina: Sustainable Redevelopment and Green Infrastructure 150

Solara: Solar-Powered Affordable Housing in San Diego County, California 152

Maui County, Hawaii: Resilient Island Paradise 154

Noisette, North Charleston, South Carolina: Large-Scale Coastal Redevelopment with Resilience and Sustainability at the Core 157

Conclusion: The Promise of Coastal Resilience 161

Appendix I Passive Survivability: A Checklist for Action 167

References 171

Index 177

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