Envisioning Oregon's Coastal Futures

Resources for coastal communities adapting to a changing climate.


Coastal communities around the world face challenges related to both chronic (sea level rise/ storms) as well as acute (earthquake/ tsunami) hazards. Individuals, communities, and agencies can respond in ways to reduce the consequences of these hazards by either: (1) minimizing the initial impact (ex-ante), or (2) increasing the response/recovery following an event (ex-post). Recent studies [1] have shown that at a national level, an average of $6 can be saved for every $1 spent on ex-ante measures...

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Project Significance

Oregon’s coastal communities are exposed to chronic coastal change and flooding hazards due to sea level rise, changing storminess patterns, and increased development. Additionally, Oregon is exposed to one of the most extreme acute coastal hazards in the world. The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs from Northern California to British Columbia and a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along this fault will trigger intense ground motions and a 10 m tsunami that will inundate Oregon’s coastal communities...

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