Public Support for Adaptation to Sea Level Rise

About the Project

Project Summary

This project is intended to provide insight about the public value of gains and losses in both natural and built assets maintained in the face of a dynamic, changing coastal environment. The project will develop and implement a survey, drawing on established tools of environmental economics to gather knowledge about factors affecting the willingness of Connecticut coastal residents to support incentives or programs that lead coastal landowners and decision makers to alter plans for climate adaptation to better reflect the value of public trust resources that may be lost as a result of a narrow focus on defense of built assets.

A spreadsheet-based tool will be created that decision-making advisors could use to evaluate the relative value of climate adaptation scenarios in the context of landowners in a position to propose adaptation actions using conventional coastal armoring or green(er) options.  The project will also contribute:

  • Knowledge regarding how coastal stakeholders identify the relative value of critical coastal habitats in the context of their desire to sustain services of developed land-uses while protecting ecosystem assets affecting human well-being;
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of public priorities for rational use of coastal and marine space;
  • Economic and social science-based information to aid communities developing plans for coastal resilience to be better able to identify policy or incentive alternatives that balance human-built and natural assets;
  • Foundations for policy decisions that better align economic incentives with such public priorities.

Beneficiaries will include policy and legislative officials (through our outreach involvement), residents of coastal communities needing to understand the priorities of their neighbors, and conservation organizations attempting to sustain ecosystem services.

Product

May 2017 Product: Swallow CIRCA Poster.pdf

Anticipated completion date: January 2019

Primary Funding

Connecticut Sea Grant


Project Team

  • Stephen Swallow, Agricultural and Resource Economics and Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Project Lead)
  • Christopher Elphick, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • James O’DonnellUConn Marine Sciences
  • Eric Schultz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Jennifer O’Donnell, UConn Marine Sciences
  • Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant, Extension

Storm Damage

“What We Do” Areas

This project is a part of the following topical areas:

Policy and Planning

Sea Level Rise