American Society of Civil Engineers

Shaping Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Policy through Science: The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study

by John K. Dorman, (North Carolina Department of Emergency Management, Office of Geospatial and Technology Management, 1812 Tillery Place, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27604, USA. E-mail:, Brian K. Batten, (Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA. E-mail:, and Adam Hosking, (Halcrow, 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 200 S, Tampa, FL 33602, USA. E-mail:
Section: Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise, pp. 511-521, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011
Abstract: Sea level rise adaptation policy is often approached without adequate knowledge of the potential hazard and risk impacts, or lacks consideration of detailed benefit cost analysis of adaptation strategies. The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study seeks to establish a comprehensive framework to directly translate the projected consequences into adaptation policy, with full realization of the potential long-term benefits. The study provides for detailed numerical quantification of the response of coastal and flood dynamics to sea level rise, and impact of those hazards on system-wide resources. A key objective of the effort is to inform the state legislature of the potential risk to sea level rise and the projected short- and long-term benefits of adaptation measures. We also seek to provide a transferable process framework and documenting lessons learned for conducting similar future assessments.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Sea level
Risk management
North Carolina