APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Issues

Atlantic Southeast Region

TABLE 3e.

Priority of Issues for Respondents' planning practice/analysis/research (Question #10): Atlantic Southeast

ISSUE Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Climate Change Impacts 32 21 48 31 21 14 23 15 28 18 2 1 154 100
Coastal Storms 66 43 45 29 22 14 10 6 8 5 3 2 154 100
Commercial Fishing 7 5 28 18 27 18 41 27 29 19 22 14 154 100
Conservation 56 36 52 34 30 19 10 6 5 3 1 1 154 100
Cultural and Heritage Resource Mgmt 35 23 51 33 41 27 18 12 9 6 0 0 154 100
Economic Development 61 40 52 34 27 18 9 6 3 2 2 1 154 100
Energy Development (incl. alternative) 16 10 43 28 50 32 19 12 20 13 6 4 154 100
Fiscal Planning 22 14 43 28 53 34 21 14 9 6 6 4 154 100
Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge 68 44 49 32 27 18 4 3 4 3 2 1 154 100
Food Systems/Agriculture 13 8 19 12 37 24 36 23 35 23 14 9 154 100
Habitat Systems Restore & Monitor 28 18 35 23 32 21 27 18 22 14 10 6 154 100
Hazards Management 43 28 46 30 37 24 18 12 6 4 4 3 154 100
Infrastructure/Utilities Development 48 31 53 34 35 23 12 8 5 3 1 1 154 100
Land Use Planning/Growth Mgmt 103 67 29 19 16 10 5 3 1 1 0 0 154 100
Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping 15 10 20 13 42 27 29 19 29 19 19 12 154 100
Nonpoint Source Pollution 25 16 45 29 39 25 18 12 17 11 10 6 154 100
Oil/Pollutant Spill Response 12 8 16 10 35 23 28 18 43 28 20 13 154 100
Population Migration 17 11 27 18 46 30 34 22 24 16 6 4 154 100
Port/Harbor/Marina Development 18 12 31 20 37 24 30 19 25 16 13 8 154 100
Protected Area Management 29 19 36 23 36 23 24 16 22 14 7 5 154 100
Protected Species Management 23 15 28 18 40 26 30 19 23 15 10 6 154 100
Public Access 41 27 48 31 43 28 13 8 7 5 2 1 154 100
Recreation and Tourism 44 29 55 36 40 26 7 5 6 4 2 1 154 100
Resilience 23 15 21 14 53 34 23 15 15 10 19 12 154 100
Sea Level Rise/Lake Level Change 30 19 39 25 36 23 18 12 21 14 10 6 154 100
Shoreline Change Management 25 16 46 30 33 21 16 10 23 15 11 7 154 100
Submerged Lands Management 12 8 29 19 31 20 32 21 34 22 16 10 154 100
Subsidence 7 5 19 12 32 21 36 23 37 24 23 15 154 100
Sustainability 42 27 55 36 38 25 7 5 9 6 3 2 154 100
Transportation (ground) 56 36 50 32 28 18 13 8 6 4 1 1 154 100
Transportation (marine) 14 9 32 21 35 23 30 19 33 21 10 6 154 100
Tsunami (including seiche) 6 4 10 6 25 16 28 18 54 35 31 20 154 100
Water Quality Monitoring 33 21 49 32 31 20 19 12 13 8 9 6 154 100
Waterfront & Brownfield Development 37 24 44 29 39 25 17 11 13 8 4 3 154 100
Wetland Loss 40 26 33 21 38 25 23 15 16 10 4 3 154 100
Working Waterfronts 25 16 35 23 41 27 22 14 19 12 12 8 154 100

a. Not Applicable


Table 3e lists 36 issues for which Atlantic Southeast coastal region respondents were asked to rate their priority for planning practice, analysis, and research. The five issues with the highest percentage of very high or high priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Land Use Planning/Growth Management (86%);
  2. Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge (76%);
  3. Economic Development (74%);
  4. Coastal Storms (72%); and
  5. Conservation (70%).

The five issues with the highest percentage of low or very low priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (53%)
  2. Subsidence (47%);
  3. Oil/Pollutant Spill Response (46%);
  4. Food Systems/Agriculture (46%); and
  5. Commercial Fishing (46%).

The five issues with the highest percentages of respondents rating the issue as "Not Applicable" are:

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (20%);
  2. Subsidence (15%);
  3. Commercial Fishing (14%);
  4. Oil/Pollutant Spill Response (13%); and
  5. Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping (12%).