Coastal Zone Management

Guides

This curated list of guides outlines varied coastal planning techniques, with an emphasis on climate change strategies. Many outline a process for creating a general coastal zone management plan, and some delve into a specific element of coastal planning.

Dune grass planting at Holgate, New JerseyAdapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers — A Great Lakes Supplement

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners

United States Agency for International Development

Climate-Related Funding Opportunities

NOAA Coastal Services Center Regional Staff

Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook

Association of State Floodplain Managers and NOAA Coastal Services Center

Guidelines for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

The World Bank Environmentally Sustainable Development Studies and Monographs Series

Offshore Renewable Energy Regulatory Primer

National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi

Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments

University of Washington and ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability

Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No-Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; International City/County Management Association; Rhode Island Sea Grant

Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A Guide for Selecting Tools to Assist with Ecosystem-Based Climate Planning

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Voluntary Step-by-Step Guide for Considering Potential Climate Change Effects on Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Projects

Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

Waterfront Revitalization for Small Cities

Oregon State University and University of Washington Sea Grant Program

Image: Residents at Holgate, New Jersey, have planted dune grass to help prevent coastal storms like Sandy from damaging their homes. Photo by Rosanna Arias/FEMA.