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The presenter will outline his experiences as a Sea Grant Extension field faculty working with rural communities vulnerable to coastal hazards. Case examples highlighting two Oregon coastal communities (Port Orford and Neskowin, OR) provide contrasting examples of local adaptation planning processes and outcomes. The presenter will share his observations about the key challenges and good fortunes of a field faculty working in the area of adaptation planning for climate change. Key challenges include: the ideological divide among stakeholders regarding the entire issue of “climate change”; negotiating the path between being a neutral broker of information and advocate for behavior change; and integrating new adaptation planning models into current local planning processes. Good fortunes include: the opportunity to help rural communities become more resilient to coastal hazards; access to the latest research findings and decision support tools; and institutional support to continue this work.




Speaker Bio

Pat Corcoran is an OSU Sea Grant Extension faculty based in Astoria, OR. Pat connects coastal stakeholders and university researchers in collaborative efforts to learn about, and adapt to, coastal natural hazards. Hazards of primary concern include coastal storms and flooding, shoreline erosion and change, and near-field tsunamis. Stakeholders include county and local governments, land use planners, emergency managers, residents, port districts, watershed councils, etc. Researchers are primarily from OSU (my academic home is Geosciences), and state agencies charged with addressing hazards such as the Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries, Oregon State Parks, Dept. Land Conservation and Development, etc. Methods include consultations, presentations, science/policy workshops, public educational events, publications, case studies, and other grant funded projects.

Funding provided by the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
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