Friday, february 8, 2013
Held in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Festival of Legal Learning
in Chapel Hill, NC
Practical Effects of Sea Level Rise Planning Projections
Spencer M. Rogers, Coastal
Construction and Erosion Specialist, N.C. Sea Grant Program
While most of the controversy
has focused on a 1-meter rise in sea level by 2100, few projects are planned
for that far in the future. The presentation compares the long-range
projection with a more realistic 30-year planning window. The presenter
discusses the state of the science, including other recommendations in the states
report that deal with the known uncertainty for 2100. Surprisingly, coastal
North Carolina is well ahead of most coastal states in adapting for sea level
rise primarily due to advance planning for other more predictable hazards.
Existing adaptation actions are explored along with some of the practical
and financial consequences.
Estuarine Shorline Management Issues in North Carolina
Braxton Davis, Director, N.C.
Division of Coastal Management
This presentation discusses
the myriad issues and challenges the state is facing regarding shoreline
management and the steps the N.C. Division of Coastal Management has taken to
map our ocean and estuarine resources which will provide more data and inform
management strategies. The session highlights the division’s efforts on the
estuarine shoreline mapping project and oceanfront shoreline survey and leads
discussion on potential future implications for coastal developers, property
owners, legal counsel, as well as for management of public trust resources.
Coastal Legislation and Case Law Update
William A. Raney Jr., Wessell
Todd S. Roessler, Kilpatrick Stockton
The presenters discuss recent federal and
state cases, statutes, regulations and litigation that influence activities on
our state’s coastal lands or in its coastal and ocean waters.
Annual Update from the Chair of the Coastal Resources Commission and a Look Ahead
Robert R. Emory Jr., Chair, N.C. Coastal
This session is a discussion of the commission’s
recent and ongoing work on oceanfront setbacks, stabilization measures such as
sandbags and estuarine shoreline stabilization. The presenter also addresses
topics that the commission is beginning to consider, including inlet hazard
areas, energy facilities and a more comprehensive approach to how we manage our
beaches and inlets.