These case studies address existing hazard-related threats and the effects of climate change on Great Lakes communities. Incorporating geospatial data, science-based information, and visualizations, they provide specific solutions and tested strategies for coastal managers, floodplain managers, planners and other professionals engaged in coastal community planning and management activities. Each case study is peer-reviewed by subject matter experts from the Great Lakes Region before being published online to ensure that all content is accurate, relevant, and leveraging the best available science.
The case studies follow a simple, consistent four-part format to help user quickly engage. The approach also models four common steps in climate adaptation and coastal resilience planning processes. These include: 1) raising awareness and engaging stakeholders, 2) assessing risk factors, 3) identifying vulnerabilities and analyzing options, and 4) choosing actionable solutions and strategies. Once actions are taken, an additional step of monitoring and measuring results is needed, so that approaches can be adapted as conditions continue to change over time. As with any planning activity in a dynamic environment, the process will be iterative.
Through news stories, photos, images, maps, videos and other resources the local issue or challenge is described in simple terms and without technical interpretation.
Once the issue or challenge is framed in human terms, then the science behind the conditions and characteristics that influence the issue – as well as dynamics that may reduce or amplify it – are described.
Data, tools, and resources to help communities identify vulnerabilities to the issue at hand are identified, including mapping and decision support tools that communities can use to analyze options.
Strategies used to address the local issue or challenge (models, policies, ordinances) are included here, illustrating specific actions communities are implementing.
Look for Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide Case Studies covering these topical areas. To share a case study of your own involving one of these topics – please contact us.