Check out this video from The Pew Charitable Trust about Charleston's flood reduction program, including their efforts to include natural/nature-based solutions.
This is the type of large scale green infrastructure program SAGE loves to promote!
SAGE encourages mangrove restoration and planting to increase coastal resiliency, but it turns out that mangroves are really good at carbon sequestration - yet another reason to protect and encourage mangrove growth on our coasts!
Mangroves optimized: How to make coastal habitats sequester even more carbon
by Brandon Keim | May 3, 2017
"Of all the carbon buried in the floors of Earth’s oceans, most of it is found in the narrow strip of tidal marshes, seagrass beds, and mangroves along their edge. Known as blue carbon ecosystems, these vegetated coastal habitats “occupy only 0.2% of the ocean surface, yet contribute 50% of the total amount of carbon buried in marine sediments,” write researchers, led by Deakin University ecologist Peter Macreadie, in the journal Frontiers in Ecology in the Environment." For the rest of the article click here.
A new article has just been published that SAGE members should definitely read because it covers a lot of the topics we are discussing and trying to cover in our own work using the SAGE resiliency gradient.
The Effectiveness, Costs and Coastal Protection Benefits of Natural and Nature-Based Defences -
When we talk about sea level rise we tend to concentrate on how the coast will look different and how our infrastructure is going to have to adapt, but what about the fact that many, many people are going to be displaced in the process of retreat? Check out this article about a new study that tries to predict where the people will go. What do you think?
"Where will U.S. climate migrants go? by Sarah DeWeerdt | Apr 18, 2017 - Millions of people in coastal areas around the world are at risk of losing their homes due to sea level rise from global warming. But that’s only half the story, according to University of Georgia geographer Matthew Hauer. “Sea level rise is currently framed as a coastal hazard, but the migratory effects could ripple far inland,” Hauer writes in a study published yesterday in Nature Climate Change. The study is the first to try to predict where people moving away from inundated areas might go." - Anthropocene published by Future Earth
"We need multidisciplinary teams of folks including plant/ecosystem ecologists for these natural solutions to work better... So, efforts like SAGE are just that much more important to build multidisciplinary teams and efforts." - Ariana Sutton-Grier, SAGE member
Recently two interesting blogs came across the SAGE desk about the importance of careful plant management when implementing green infrastructure:
DESIGNED TO FAIL: HOW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE STANDARDS CREATE CONDITIONS FOR FAILED PLANTINGS - NOT TREATING PLANTS AS DYNAMIC SYSTEMS IS THE CULPRIT. MUNICIPALITIES NEED TO TURN TO EXPERTS IN PLANT COMMUNITY DESIGN. - Thomas Rainer
Recommended Species for Green Infrastructure in the Caribbean - José Juan Terrasa-Soler
Check out the new book, The Ostrich Paradox. In the book, the authors examine and explain why people consistently underprepare for disasters. They also introduce a Behavioral Risk Audit, a systematic approach for improving preparedness by addressing six biases (myopia, amnesia, optimism, inertia, simplification, and herding) that lead individuals, communities, and institutions to make errors. The key takeaway: If we are to be better prepared for disasters, we will need to learn to be more like ostriches (who, in fact, never bury their heads in the sand)!
This book should be an excellent resource for private and public sector leaders, planners, and policy-makers who want to build more resilient communities.
To see more, visit: http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/book/ostrich-paradox/
SAGE member Maya Buchanan, "a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs concentrating in in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP), has received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Her winning presentation at the fall 2016 AGU meeting was titled “Amplification of flood frequencies with local sea-level rise and emerging flood regimes.” Click here for more information on Maya's award.
The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with several large companies have worked on environmentally-sound business practices that align with and protect natural processes. The work has proven that using green infrastructure can be part of good business strategy and can lead to better outcomes for companies. Download TNC's Green Infrastructure Case Studies to review some of these collaborations.
Some conclusions from the different projects:
What comes first? A beach nourished with sand or real estate development? Sometimes it is hard to tell. What isn't difficult to realize is that all of this development is at risk.
For the rest of the blog post People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches by Sarah DeWeerdt | Jan 10, 2017 click here. DeWeerdt's piece is based on Armstrong SB et al. “Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment.” Earth’s Future. 2016.