Shoreline Management Planning Workshop

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The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative is hosting the Shoreline Management Planning Workshop. Over the next two years, shoreline jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region will update their Shoreline Master Programs, creating an opportunity to strengthen local-level responses to sea level rise. This one-day workshop will address how to best incorporate sea level rise projections into the Shoreline Master Programs update.

Workshop participants will learn about and discuss:

  • The latest sea level rise projections produced through the Washington Coastal Resilience Project
  • How local jurisdictions have incorporated sea level rise in their Shoreline Master Programs and related shoreline planning efforts
  • State-level efforts to develop guidance on sea level rise in Shoreline Master Program planning
  • Local and cross-jurisdictional opportunities, challenges, and needs related to addressing sea level rise in shoreline planning

Shoreline planners and staff involved in updating Shoreline Master Programs are strongly encouraged to attend. The event is open to staff from federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the private sector.

Speakers include Crystal Raymond and Harriet Morgan from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Bobbak Talebi and Sara Brostrom from the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Jim Simmonds from King County. The agenda will be made available closer to the event.

Lunch will be provided.

About the Collaborative: The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative is a network of local and tribal governments, regional agencies, and organizations in the central Puget Sound region working together to ensure that the economy, the environment, and all residents are resilient to the impacts of climate change. Learn more:

This event is co-hosted by the Shoreline & Coastal Planners Group and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Future Events

Each event hosted by the Collaborative will focus on a climate preparedness issue of importance to local, tribal, and county governments as well as regional agencies. Future topics may include wildfires, flooding, state-level action, public health, and hazard mitigation planning. The goal of these workshops is to increase understanding of climate impacts and preparedness issues, foster peer learning, provide a forum for regional networking, and identify concrete ways to support local and regional resilience efforts.

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Past Event: Climate Change & Extreme Precipitation in Puget Sound Spring Workshop

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative hosted an inaugural workshop at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This convening provided an opportunity to connect with a broad network of experts and leaders as they discussed the regional and local needs and opportunities related to climate change, extreme precipitation, and stormwater management.

The event was open to staff from federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the private sector.


Event Agenda

Observed Changes in Extreme Precipitation
James Rufo-Hill, Climate Adaptation Specialist, Seattle Public Utilities

Slides from James Rufo-Hill’s plenary presentation on observed changes in extreme precipitation.

Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation
Guillaume Mauger, Research Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Slides from Guillaume Mauger’s plenary presentation on projected changes in extreme precipitation.

Related Resources

‘Extreme’ rainstorms becoming more common in Seattle, says city meteorologist
Article published in The Seattle Times, February 3, 2018

Seattle Thinks It Knows Rain. Climate Change Begs to Differ.
Article published in City Lab, April 6, 2018

Climate Robust Culvert Design: Probabilistic Estimates of Fish Passage Impediments
An online culvert-design tool developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group to allow engineers, managers, regulators, and other interested parties to explore the impacts of climate change on fish passage.

How will heavy rains change in western Washington?
A data visualization tool developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group that allows users to browse changes in precipitation for two new regional climate model simulations.

Intensity Duration Frequency Curves and Trends for the City of Seattle: Technical Memorandum
A Seattle Public Utilities assessment of observed precipitation intensity thresholds.