Planning for the Future in Jackson County: Sea Level Rise and Changing Conditions, Grand Bay Reserve, 3/6/2012

Topic(s): Climate Change
Priority Issue(s): Community Resilience
Host Partner(s): Grand Bay Reserve
Location: map icon Grand Bay NERR, MS
Date/Time: calendar icon3/6/2012
Price: $0.00
Max Applicants: 20

LOCATION: GRAND BAY NERR HEADQUARTERS
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
TIME: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (OPTIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE VIA SMALL BOAT)

OVERVIEW
This workshop is intended to address coastal planning needs of local elected officials,
city and county staff, and resource managers in Jackson County, MS. The event will
include expert speakers, local examples, and participatory activities that highlight the
need to plan for a changing environment including impacts of sea level rise and
dynamic coastlines in and around Jackson County.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Coastlines are dynamic. Their contours shift daily, influenced by the tides, currents
and winds, in often unnoticed ways. Extreme changes also occur, sometimes quickly
as a result of hurricanes and storm surges, and sometimes more slowly as sea levels
change over the centuries. Communities built on the coast must be prepared to face
the constant threat of coastal hazards head-on.

In Jackson County there are many resources available to city and county elected
officials and staff who are tasked with increasing community preparation for and
resilience to changing coastal conditions. This workshop will provide you an
opportunity to learn about information, tools, and resources available to you from
the Grand Bay NERR, MS-AL SeaGrant, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, NOAA and the
Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

  • Share best available scientific information and predictions for future environmental conditions with decision-makers and resource managers in Jackson County, MS.
  • Increase awareness of the future impact of sea level rise on through the use of local examples, including research from the Grand Bay NERR.
  • Demonstrate a variety of tools available to local decision-makers to assist in planning for the future and present examples of others using these tools locally.
  • Engage participants in the event through demonstrations, participatory exercises, and an optional field experience.

 

Download Workshop Presentations:

  1.  Planning to Protect: The Mississippi Gulf Coast
    Dr. Lynne Carter:  1 – MISSISSIPPI Gulf
  2. Cataloguing Impacts of Accelerated SLR on Coastal Wetlands
    Dr. Wei Wu:  2 – SLR1
  3. Research and Monitoring Related to Sea Level Rise at the Grand Bay NERR
    Will Underwood:  3 – SLR Meeting_Underwood_part1
    3 – SLR Meeting_Underwood_part2
  4. Resilience Planning in Mississippi
    Tracie Sempier and Eric Meyer:  4 – JaxcoSLR Plng 030612
  5. Demonstration of Planning and Visualization Tools
    Ann Weaver:  5 – DemonstrationPlanningTools_WEAVER
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