Planning, Training and Technical Assistance

Coastal damage.

The Chesapeake & Coastal Program is available to provide hands-on technical assistance to local communities for assessing how well they are prepared for the impacts of sea level rise and coastal storms and identifying specific steps that communities can take to reduce their vulnerability. If you are interested in learning more about how your community can become more CoastSmart, please e-mail or call 410-260-8743.

“The Coastal Inundation workshop was excellent and very timely for our Office as we are in the initial stages of developing a Sea Level Rise strategy. The hands-on training will not only help the County with planning for long term issues like sea level rise, but also for emergency storm preparedness.”

- Margaret Kaii-Ziegler, Planning Administrator,
Research and GIS Division, Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning

Technical Planning and Guidance Documents for Local Communities

In addition to providing in-person assistance, and in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CCP has developed a number of publications and local case studies to serve as guidance for addressing the long-term impacts of sea level rise. These include:

  Somerset County, Maryland - Rising Sea Level Guidance (2008)
  Worcester County, Maryland, Sea Level Rise Response Strategy (2008)
  Dorchester County, Sea Level Rise: Technical Guidance for Dorchester County (2008)
  Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms, Report
  of the Maryland commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Response Working Group
  The Economic Cost of Sea Level Rise to Three Chesapeake Bay Communities (2003)
  A Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland (2000)
  State of Maryland Shore Erosion Task Force Final Report, January 2000

Building CoastSmart Communities Role-Play

How will your coastal community adapt to rising seas, increased storm surge and diminishing fresh-water resources? This half-day role play was developed with MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative (M.U.S.I.C) to help begin that discussion at a local level. It’s fun, engaging and quickly introduces people to the challenges coastal communities face and some options for addressing them. This exercise highlights the value of mediated, multi-stakeholder conversations in reaching more sustainable outcomes and introduces participants to critical issues coastal communities face around climate risks.

  • Video - View excerpts of the role-play from the April 2009 CoastSmart Communities Initiative launch event
  • General Instructions and Role-Play Background - For unique information and directions for each “role” please contact CCP.

Online and In-Person Training

A combination of in-person and on-line trainings will be offered, demonstrating the available tools and resources that can be effectively used and incorporated into projects at the local level. Please check the calendar for an updated schedule of trainings or sign up for the In the Zone e-mail service that will announce upcoming events.

Coastal Hazard Panels/Hurricane Isabel Posters

Building off the destructive power of Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as a learning opportunity, CCP partnered with Maryland Sea Grant to produce four outdoor education panels that describe the impacts of Hurricane Isabel in different parts of the state (Annapolis, Baltimore, Solomons Island, and St. Michaels). The panels present eyewitness accounts, while offering additional information about shoreline erosion, runoff from impervious surfaces, climate change and sea level rise. These four education panels won a 2006 Apex Grand Award for writing and design.

Solomons Island
Solomons Island
St. Michaels
St. Michaels