Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times

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Overview


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: 9781597265621
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 919,483
  • 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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