Project Title: Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the coastal Environment (SAGE): Reconceptualizing Resilient Infrastructure
Coastal areas are increasingly vulnerable because of climate change impacts such as sea level rise and more intense storm events, at the same time as more people and structures are being developed on coasts. Sustainable coastal communities require resilience to current and future hazards. The portfolio of available infrastructure responses has broadened considerably in recent years to include a spectrum from large-scale built responses to widely distributed quasi-natural functioning landscapes, social capacity enhancements, and pure ecosystem services. Making policy choices within this broad array of possibilities requires a transdisciplinary framework identifying key variables and their connection to policy choices, but disciplinary silos have made this difficult. Given the complexity, interdependence and importance of the issue, engineers, social scientists, decision scientists, climatologists, and planning/policy analysts need to coordinate research toward an analytic framework for sustainable, resilient infrastructure. The core objective of the Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the coastal Environment (SAGE) RCN is to develop a transdisciplinary network of researchers and policymakers focusing on the Caribbean and U.S. Northeast and elucidate a shared framework for better informing resilient infrastructure decisions based on physical, natural, and societal conditions.
Funders: This study is funded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Climate Program Office (CPO) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Sustainable Adaptive Gradients Coastal Environment grant (SAGE).