Home to some of the fastest growing coastal communities on the U.S. East Coast, South Carolina coastal communities are facing more frequent flooding from sea level rise and storm events. In response, South Carolinians are identifying ways to visualize and reduce risk to their communities using natural infrastructure like coastal wetlands, beaches and dunes, living shorelines, and river floodplains.
In Georgia, local, state, federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private citizens are assessing where people and infrastructure within coastal communities are vulnerable to coastal hazards and sea level rise and applying natural solutions such as land protection, shoreline and wetland restoration and flood risk decision support tools.
The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound region is home to more than 2.7 million people. Millions more visit the area because of its wide array of natural resources. Much of the area is low-lying, leaving coastal communities threatened by severe storms, coastal flooding, and rapid shoreline change.
With careful planning and investment, Florida’s natural features – coral reefs, dunes, wetlands and coastal forests – can be part of the solution to reducing the region’s vulnerability to storm and sea level rise-driven flooding and erosion.