Studies & Reports
Sea Level Rise and Climate Change:
Town of Fenwick Island: Preparing for Sea Level Rise
Compared to the global average Delaware has a greater rate in Sea Level Rise (SLR). The main reason for this is the vertical movement of the Earth’s crust which is causing Delaware to slowly sink. This is a similar trend seen throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Currently, beach and dune replenishment have been the main method for protection coastal communities in Delaware.
Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study – Town of Fenwick Island
Preparing for Sea Level Rise Brochure
Delaware Residents’ Opinions on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise 2014 Survey:
Attitudes, perceptions and knowledge about climate change and sea level rise are rapidly evolving. Climate change stories are in the headlines almost daily, politicians are increasingly discussing the need to act and weather events like Hurricane Sandy have brought the potential impacts of climate change home to many on the East Coast. Given this changing landscape, it is important for decision makers, educators and other to have local based and up-to-date information about public attitudes and perceptions about climate change so that plans, projects and outreach materials can be specific and tailored for Delaware.
Delaware Residents’ Opinions on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise 2014 Survey
Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware:
Delaware’s economy and quality of life are linked to its shores, its vast expanses of tidal wetlands and its fertile farm fields. Because of its location, low average elevation and dependence upon coastal resources for jobs and recreation, Delaware is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise. Statewide, these effects are wide-ranging and include loss of low-lying land and structures, saltwater intrusion into groundwater and surface water and increased extent of coastal flooding during storm events. Executive Summary
Sea Level Rise and Infrastructure:
Links to documents and resources on Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Information
2013 Drainage Inventory Map:
2016 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Needs Assessment: