Threat Multiplier: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
All three counties in Delaware have their own risks and are facing their own unique challenges when it comes to climate change and sea level rise.
To help keep community leaders, representatives from non-profit organizations and private sector consultants up to date on those risks and how to best manage them, the Delaware Geological Survey’s John Callahan and Danielle Swallow from Delaware Sea Grant presented information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Adaptation Planning training meeting held recently in Dover.
The purpose of the class was to provide hands on training to community leaders and state agency outreach specialists on the steps involved in adaptation planning.
Callahan gave a talk on observations and projections for climate change and sea level rise in Delaware while Swallow gave a presentation on how to best manage and plan for these threats by showing a vulnerability risk assessment she led for the town of Slaughter Beach, which she conducted prior joining Delaware Sea Grant.
The event was co-sponsored by Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Both Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware Geological Survey are based in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.