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Virginia CZM Program 2010 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:



Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Sustainable Communities Focal Area: Climate Change in Hampton Roads

Project Description as Proposed:

Climate Change in Hampton Roads: Climate change will result in several significant adverse impacts on Hampton Roads including inundation of both developed and natural areas due to sea level rise, increased impacts from severe weather events and associated storm surge, and adverse impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems due to temperature increase, increase in intense rainfall events and loss of wetlands habitat. This task will involve building on the foundation created in the first two years of the Focal Area Project. Activities in the previous years include collection and analysis of information on climate change and associated ramifications, an initial attempt to identify economic and infrastructure impacts, development of a set of draft policy recommendations and beginning the development of a framework for adapting to climate change within the region. The final year of work will focus on completing a framework for adaptation to climate change in Hampton Roads. Following the completion of the three year Focal Area Project substantial additional work will be required to develop and implement specific sector plans. The framework completed during this year of grant work will help to guide and focus the follow-on tasks. This project provides an excellent opportunity to utilize the networked structure of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program to bring varied resources and expertise to the discussion and analysis of these evolving issues. In addition, this project provides an important opportunity for coordination among the Planning Districts in the Virginia Coastal Zone in the sharing of information and evolving policy positions.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

John M. Carlock - 757.420.8300; or Ben McFarlane - 757.420.8300,

Project Status:

10/1/2010 - 12/31/2011; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Climate Change in Hampton Roads Phase III: Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads, Virginia (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report documents the work done during the third year of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission’s (HRPDC) Climate Change Adaptation focal area grant. The main focus of this work was the development and demonstration of a geographic information systems-based tool that could be used to estimate the exposure of Hampton Roads localities to future sea level rise across several sectors, including population, the built environment, the natural environment, and the economy. All sixteen HRPDC localities were included in the analysis. Results are displayed in maps and tables that summarize the area, population, housing units, parcels, roads, businesses, and ecologically valuable areas potentially affected by one meter of sea level rise. The data used for this analysis came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Esri, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Divisions of Natural Heritage and Soil and Water, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Center for Coastal Resources Management, and the sixteen counties and cities of Hampton Roads. The analysis found that the Hampton Roads region is significantly vulnerable to future sea level rise. The most vulnerable communities are Chesapeake, Gloucester County, Hampton, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and York County. The report also includes appendices containing information on HRPDC’s outreach and coordination efforts related to climate change and sea level rise, a sample presentation, links and references to related work by other Coastal Zone Planning District Commissions, and a map book of vulnerable areas in Hampton Roads.

The report will be distributed in hard copy and digital format to Hampton Roads localities.  A digital version of the report will be available online at

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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