Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative outreach efforts help integrate SLR science into coastal decision-making
Sea-level rise (SLR) is a critical hazard facing coastal ecosystems, communities and economies. Effective and efficient communication across the science-to-stewardship continuum is necessary for successful resilience. However, the science around SLR is expanding at a rapid pace. Local and regional planners and natural resource managers cannot keep up with the advancements in science.
The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, a program supported by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, worked with researchers in the partnership to integrate new sea-level rise science into decision-making with natural resource management and coastal community planning. The cooperative has been socializing this new information across the northern Gulf participating in Tool Cafes, giving individual webinars, giving presentations at conferences, hosting workshops and spreading the word via various social media platforms and partner networks.
New SLR science is being integrated across a variety of sectors in the northern Gulf. For example, a recent marsh restoration design accounted for SLR utilizing the latest projections because of Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative discussions and training efforts with local consultants. The Florida counties of Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla are using the updated SLR model on changing coastlines and storm surge due to SLR in place of previously used models as a direct result of the cooperative’s workshops, private webinars and integration into the cooperative’s network of experts.
Efforts to socialize new SLR science has led to application in community planning and natural resource management. (2017)