Policies for Dynamic Coastal Risk

Many of our traditional land use, regulatory, and risk management policies and programs assume—at least implicitly—that land is permanent and risk is unchanging. Coastal areas, however, are dynamic places. Beaches grow and are worn away. Sea level is rising. Development and migration toward the coast continues. Climate change is altering storm patterns. Nonetheless, our policies—and just as importantly, the expectations of residents—may not reflect these changing conditions.

The Policy Incubator is helping find tools and models for coastal communities that can protect them against changing storm risks, mute the negative impacts of sea-level rise, maintain the value of coastal ecosystems, and preserve economic value for coastal residents and visitors.