Symposium 01: Predicting Sea Level Rise, Bounding Uncertainties:
Important Questions to be Addressed
- What information is most critical for local managers for developing and evaluating alternative adaptation strategies for climate change
- Under what conditions can existing or restored coastal marine systems be part of effective adaptation solutions for coastal communities (i.e., When can ecosystem-based adaptation help most)?
- Under what conditions are ecosystem-based approaches ("green") likely to be effective and cost-effective relative to built infrastructure ("grey") adaptation solutions. What information is needed to evaluate green vs. grey alternatives?
- What are the limitations of engineered or built infrastructure solutions to adaptation and under what conditions will these have subsequent costs that further degrade ecosystem benefits and services to people?
- What are the natural goods and services coastal communities currently rely on that will be at increased risk because of climate change and/or adaptation measures?
- How do we preserve existing natural resources (coastal) vs . the need/desire to develop?
- How do we identify and show the true value ($) of these resources? These investments?
- How do we show the true costs of continuing to develop in vulnerable areas? (Including potential costs of damaged developed area vs. lesser costs if area remains undeveloped)
- What will the political shift in DC do to federal policy? In Florida, we have a new administration elected largely on a creating jobs platform. Could this desire to create jobs soften regulation and be at the detriment of natural resources protection?