Managing Risk of Sea Level Rise

What You'll Learn

  • Review specific and comprehensive risks to property, municipal revenue, and economies from sea level rise.
  • Learn about data, models, and information to help manage the risk of sea level rise.
  • Learn ways to make the case for climate change adaptation actions as a component of risk management.

More Course Details

This course helps planners understand, manage, and plan for greater resilience in the face of these multifaceted changes brought on by sea level rise.

A recent report by Union of Concerned Scientists combines a 2017 analysis of increasing high-tide flooding with property data from the online real estate company Zillow to provide new information on the risk faced by the built environment, property owners, municipal budgets, and economies. It finds that the over 314,000 properties at risk of chronic inundation by 2045 have a collective value of some $136 billion, house 550,000 people, and contribute nearly $1.5 billion toward today's property tax base. These sobering findings provide actionable insight into the location, magnitude, and reach of sea level rise impacts.

From different perspectives, the Consensus Building Institute and FM Global offer frameworks for taking on and managing this risk. CBI's work with communities that are facing such challenges provides insight into promising approaches to inclusive decisionmaking that yields implementable steps. FM Global's exclusive focus on property insurance rooted in risk avoidance offers specific, engineering-based approaches to cost-effective loss prevention using its publicly available Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets.