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Virginia CZM Program: 2011 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Resiliency: Adapting to Climate Change in Hampton Roads

Project Description as Proposed:

Climate change will have several impacts on the Hampton Roads region. Higher temperatures, rising sea level, and changing precipitation patterns will have significant effects on many sectors and environments in this region. In order to effectively address the impacts of climate change, the Hampton Roads region will need to develop a coastal resiliency and climate adaptation plan. This plan will build on the previous Focal Area Project’s research into climate change impacts and adaptation options as well as its public outreach and stakeholder engagement components. This project will consist of three main parts. The first will be an expanded public engagement effort that will combine direct engagement with organizations with a new effort to engage the public using HRPDC’s ongoing environmental education efforts under the HRGreen program. The second will be an assessment of sector-specific impacts and planning efforts to assess where and how climate change impacts can be incorporated into the region’s many long-range planning efforts. The third will be the development of an adaptive management plan that will identify expected impacts and when they will occur, identify planning horizons for infrastructure and planning decisions, and develop best practices and recommendations for incorporating adaptive management for climate change into existing planning processes.

Federal Funding: 


Project Contact:

Ben McFarlane - 757.420.8300,

Project Status:

10/1/2011 - 12/31/2012; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Coastal Resiliency: Adapting to Climate Change in Hampton Roads Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report describes the HRPDC’s Coastal Resiliency Grant Project work for FY2011-2012. This project has included three components: public outreach and education, policy research on incorporating climate change adaptation into local and regional planning efforts, and development of a climate change adaptive management plan for Hampton Roads. The first component includes presentations made by HRPDC staff to various groups throughout Hampton Roads. Also included are coordination efforts with other stakeholders, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Old Dominion University, Virginia Sea Grant, and others, to promote coastal resiliency. This component also included efforts to develop educational materials, including presentations, handouts, and summaries for use in public presentations or as website material. The second component includes descriptions of policies which local governments can adopt to improve their resiliency to coastal hazards such as flooding and sea level rise. The third component includes a series of policies and steps which can be used to begin addressing climate change adaptation at local and regional scales. This component includes the refinement and updating of sea level rise inundation maps for HRPDC localities.

The report will be distributed in hard copy 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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P.O. Box 1105
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(804) 698-4000

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