North Carolina Coastal Managers’ Input Directly Shapes Future NCCOS Science Priorities
Over fifty coastal zone managers and stakeholders from North Carolina participated in a workshop sponsored by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to discuss and identify scientific tools that will assist coastal zone governing agencies and businesses in mitigating the regional impacts of sea level rise and extreme events.
Participants provided guidance that will ultimately help create mapping and modeling tools that forecast the effects of proposed management activities under various long term sea level rise and storm surge scenarios. Two major recommendations emerged:
- the most important function of future tools should be to incorporate information ascertained through scientific research and modeling that can be easily applied by state and local government and large land owners when planning future land use and deciding on policy and regulations that affect coastal resources, and
- the desired content and format of information products and decision-support tools that might be developed based on ongoing modeling efforts should be user-friendly.
The workshop, held January 31-February 1, 2007, was developed in partnership with NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.