Global Climate Change Assessment in Washington State

by Douglas J. Canning, Washington Dep of Ecology, Olympia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Two global climate change assessment projects were initiated by Washington state in 1988: first a Sea Level Rise Response Program and then Washington Environment 2010. The Sea Level Rise Task Force became the nucleus of the 2010 Global Warming and Ozone Depletion Subcommittee which conducted a comprehensive review of the issues. Environment 2010 included a formal Public Advisory Committee as well as extensive public involvement. As a result, Washington Governor Booth Gardner's Executive Request Legislation for the 1991 Washington Legislature includes a number of energy conservation measures with global climate change mitigation value in concert with other environmental amenities. Washington's coastal zone management organization is proceeding with its Sea Level Rise Response Program which includes research, assessment, and preparedness elements. Fiscal Year 1992 Coastal Zone Management Section 306 and 306A grants to Washington state local governments will carry a requirement to engineer and construct for the existing rate of sea level rise, and to include conceptual planning for response to accelerated sea level rise.

Subject Headings: Climate change | Legislation | Coastal management | Global warming | Ozone | Public participation | Energy efficiency | Energy measurement | Washington | United States

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