Planning for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Adaptation in Southern Maine

The Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission is investigating municipal-level economic and social impacts of sea level rise and storm surge hazards and develop locally-relevant adaptation and resiliency planning strategies that address local and regional vulnerabilities. The project is using local sea level rise projections, storm surge modeling, municipal geospatial data, and population and demographic information to complete a GIS-based socio-economic vulnerability assessment of coastal flood hazards.

The assessment is generating valuable information about flooding impacts to coastal property and populations, assessed value of impacted property, associated implications for the municipal tax base, and impacts to the local and regional economy. The assessment findings are informing the development of locally relevant and tailored adaptation, mitigation, and resilience strategies that municipalities can employ to protect people, property, and natural resources from the impacts of coastal flooding now and into the future.
 

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