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Coastal Zone Coping Zones

Mike Shantz;Eric Tauriainen
Coastal zone "coping zones" were identified to support Adaptive Management efforts. Coping zones identify plausible risk scenarios within a risk evaluation matrix, roughly identifying undesirable conditions and used to assess whether such conditions are evident in various water supply sequences (e.g., outputs from climate models). Coping zones were estimated from evidence of past damages and input from the Public Interest Advisory Group. Coping zones were defined using lakewide average conditions, and numerous caveats and were identified and documented. The coping zones are largely qualitative and are representative of a broad geographic scale. Sensitivity to water level fluctuations varies around each lake, and some areas will be more or less sensitive than identified by the defined levels. Local sensitivities at specific sites arise from glacial isostatic adjustment, storm surge conditions, and the type/nature of shoreline development, and were discussed separately.
Coastal Study Site Characterization and Coping Zones: Canada
Coastal Study Site Characterization and Coping Zones: U.S.
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Coastal Zone Technical Working Group: U.S. Coping Zones
Coastal Zone Technical Working Group: Canadian Coping Zones
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Main Topics
Adaptive Management
Questions We Asked
How vulnerable are interest groups to extremes?
Key Findings
Interests can adapt to historical range of levels; beyond this adaptive responses may be required
Apply adaptive management to address extremes
Coastal Zone Evaluation
Coping Zones