Planning for coastal resilience : best practices for calamitous times
- Beatley, Timothy, 1957-
- Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2009.
- Physical description
- xvi, 181 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (pp. 171-176) and index.
- Introduction : climate change and coastal resilience
- Coastal resilience : what is it?
- The vulnerability of coastal communities
- Coastal resilience : key planning dimensions
- Barriers to coastal resilience
- Understanding the political setting and context
- Principles of coastal resilience
- Tools and techniques for enhancing and strengthening coastal resilience
- Worcester County, Maryland
- Cannon Beach and the Northwest Oregon Coast
- Palm Beach County, Florida
- Charleston County, South Carolina
- New Orleans, Louisiana, and resilience after Katrina
- Brief coastal resilience profiles : La Plata, Maryland : rebuilding after a devastating tornado ; The villages at Loreto Bay, Baja California Sur : a model of a new, resilient, and sustainable coastal town ; Kinston, North Carolina : sustainable redevelopment and green infrastructure ; Solara : solar-powered affordable housing in San Diego County, California ; Maui County, Hawaii : resilient island paradise ; Noisette, North Charleston, South Carolina : large-scale coastal redevelopment with resilience and sustainability at the core
- Conclusion : the promise of coastal resilience.
- Publisher's Summary
- Why and how coastal regions should prepare for climatic catastrophes. Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of coastal storms around the globe, and the anticipated rise of sea levels will have enormous impact on fragile and vulnerable coastal regions. In "Planning for Coastal Resilience", Tim Beatley argues that, in the face of such threats, all future coastal planning and management must reflect a commitment to the concept of resilience. In this timely book, he writes that coastal resilience must become the primary design and planning principle to guide all future development and all future infrastructure decisions. Resilience, Beatley explains, is a profoundly new way of viewing coastal infrastructure - an approach that values smaller, decentralized kinds of energy, water, and transport more suited to the serious physical conditions coastal communities will likely face. Implicit in the notion is an emphasis on taking steps to build adaptive capacity, to be ready ahead of a crisis or disaster. It is anticipatory, conscious, and intentional in its outlook. After defining and explaining coastal resilience, Beatley focuses on what it means in practice. Resilience goes beyond reactive steps to prevent or handle a disaster. It takes a holistic approach to what makes a community resilient, including such factors as social capital and sense of place. Beatley provides case studies of five U.S. coastal communities, and 'resilience profiles' of six North American communities, to suggest best practices and to propose guidelines for increasing resilience in threatened communities. The work described in this book was commissioned and supported by the Coastal Services Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, its mission is to foster and sustain the environmental and economic well-being of the nation's coasts by linking people, information, and technology.
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- Publication date
- Timothy Beatley.