Urgent Need for the Best Science to Manage Sea Level Rise Effects on Habitats
The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Project white paper, “Application to Management” makes obvious the benefit of providing opportunities for interaction between coastal managers and researchers during the planning and execution of a research project. The findings and tools developed in the North Carolina Sea Level Rise (NCSLR) Project have improved managers’ understanding of the dynamics and ecosystem impacts of sea level rise along the coast of North Carolina.
The White Paper summarizes the project’s advances in understanding sea level rise impacts on North Carolina coastal ecosystems and the current development of predictive tools to facilitate management capabilities to mitigate these impacts. In addition, management problems potentially solved through the project are identified including the types of information, data products, and data presentation format that will best inform management. Efforts are ongoing to further transition the management tools from this project (forecast models, visualizations, geospatial tools, mapping representations) to application. Click here for more information about this project.