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The New Normal: Adapting to Coastal Risks

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Published on Jun 13, 2013

Faced with a shifting coastal environment and rapidly increasing human needs, American communities have seen first-hand how the escalating risk of extreme events and environmental changes is proving harder and more costly to endure.

In response to the realities of life on a changing planet, communities like New Orleans and New York have already begun reducing their exposure to coastal hazards -- from storms and tsunamis to sea-level rise and flooding -- that were until recently approached as infrequent and easily managed. In examining how diverse American communities have experienced and are adapting to coastal risk in the 21st century, this discussion will offer insights into what may work and for how long, highlighting near-term strategies that can offer immediate protection for increasingly vulnerable coastal cultures, economies, and communities.

Introduction
The Honorable Joe Garcia | US House of Representatives, FL-26

Moderator
Alessandra Score | Lead Scientist, EcoAdapt

Discussants
Michael Cohen | Vice President for Government Affairs, Renaissance Re

Jessica Grannis | Staff Attorney, Georgetown Climate Center

Michael Marrella | Director, Waterfront and Open Space Planning Division, Department of City Planning

John D. Schelling | Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Programs Manager, Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division

David Waggonner | President, Waggonner & Ball Architects

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