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Webinar: Coastal Flooding in the Face of Climate Change: Understanding Constituent Needs

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 1:00

Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 1:00 PM. Webinar: Coastal Flooding in the Face of Climate Change: Understanding Constituent Needs. Brenna Sweetman and Cayla Dean, NOAA. Sponsored by NOAA Office of Coastal Management. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: The need to develop user-friendly coastal flood information to support decision makers in the face of climate change is a high priority across NOAA. To better understand what users need, two offices, the Office for Coastal Management and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, joined forces to host five virtual workshops. Using social science methods in line with NOAA's Service Delivery Framework, the workshops targeted the following communities: planning; transportation and navigation; real estate and insurance; health and human services; and natural resource use and floodplain management. During the course of these stakeholder workshops, NOAA obtained information to understand how NOAA can better meet the needs and address gaps to serve our coastal regions and inform effective climate resilience strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of the information collected from these engagement activities to better understand stakeholder needs. Following the presentation, we will have the opportunity for discussion on best practices and learning opportunities for those who currently, or are interested, in engaging coastal decision makers.

Bio(s): Brenna is a Social Scientist with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management based at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her work focuses on integrating social science to support sound decision-making to address coastal and water challenges.

Cayla is an Outreach Specialist with NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services based at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. She acts as a liaison between the National Water Center and the National Ocean Service modeling groups to help further the science behind predicting total water levels for the nation.

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