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Reducing coastal risks on the East and Gulf coasts

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning. Coastal Risk Reduction.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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"Hurricane- and coastal-storm-related losses have increased substantially during the past century, largely due to increases in population and development in the most susceptible coastal areas. Climate change poses additional threats to coastal communities from sea level rise and possible increases in strength of the largest hurricanes. Several large cities in the United States have extensive assets at risk to  Read more...
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Reducing coastal risk on the east and gulf coasts.
Washington, District of Columbia : The National Academies Press, ©2014
xvi, 192 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning. Coastal Risk Reduction.
ISBN: 9780309305877 030930587X 0309311837 9780309311830
OCLC Number: 883576018
Notes: Title from content provider (viewed Sept. 1, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 167 pages)
Contents: Institutional Landscape for Coastal Risk Management --
Performance of Coastal Risk Reduction Strategies --
Principles for Guiding the Nation's Future Investments in Coastal Risk Reduction --
A Vision for Coastal Risk Reduction --
References --
Appendix A: Major U.S. Coastal Storms Since 1900 --
Appendix B: USACE Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Projects --
Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members.
Responsibility: Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction, Water Technology Board, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies.

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"Hurricane- and coastal-storm-related losses have increased substantially during the past century, largely due to increases in population and development in the most susceptible coastal areas. Climate change poses additional threats to coastal communities from sea level rise and possible increases in strength of the largest hurricanes. Several large cities in the United States have extensive assets at risk to coastal storms, along with countless smaller cities and developed areas. The devastation from Superstorm Sandy has heightened the nation's awareness of these vulnerabilities. What can we do to better prepare for and respond to the increasing risks of loss? Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts reviews the coastal risk-reduction strategies and levels of protection that have been used along the United States East and Gulf Coasts to reduce the impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges. This report evaluates their effectiveness in terms of economic return, protection of life safety, and minimization of environmental effects. According to this report, the vast majority of the funding for coastal risk-related issues is provided only after a disaster occurs. This report calls for the development of a national vision for coastal risk management that includes a long-term view, regional solutions, and recognition of the full array of economic, social, environmental, and life-safety benefits that come from risk reduction efforts. To support this vision, Reducing Coastal Risk states that a national coastal risk assessment is needed to identify those areas with the greatest risks that are high priorities for risk reduction efforts. The report discusses the implications of expanding the extent and levels of coastal storm surge protection in terms of operation and maintenance costs and the availability of resources. Reducing Coastal Risk recommends that benefit-cost analysis, constrained by acceptable risk criteria and other important environmental and social factors, be used as a framework for evaluating national investments in coastal risk reduction. The recommendations of this report will assist engineers, planners and policy makers at national, regional, state, and local levels to move from a nation that is primarily reactive to coastal disasters to one that invests wisely in coastal risk reduction and builds resilience among coastal communities."--Publisher's description.

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