Sea Level Rise Communication in North Carolina

Resources for Educators, Managers and Other Public Information Providers
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We hope these resources will enable better communication about sea level rise and other changing coastal conditions in North Carolina


Workshop Objectives

  • Participants will become part of a broader network of people delivering and exchanging information on sea-level rise;
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of sea-level rise;  
  • Participants will refine their skills for communicating about sea-level rise; 
  • Participants will develop materials for delivering information on sea-level rise; and
  • Workshop organizers will learn from participants about communication challenges and obstacles to inform future outreach efforts.

Workshop Presentations and Materials

Powerpoint presentations

NC Sea Level Rise: Science, Impacts and Potential Response- Dr. Jessica Whitehead, Climate Extension Specialist, NC/SC Sea Grant

Incorporating Climate Considerations into Coastal Wastewater Infrastructure Planning and Investment- Jim Hawhee, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Community Resilience: Adapting to Sea Level Rise- Philip J. Prete, City of Wilmington

Adaptation on the Albemarle-Pamlico Pennisula- Dr. Christine Pickens, The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina

Introducing the North Carolina Coastal Atlas- Dr. Michelle Covi, Old Dominion University

North Carolina Sea-Level Rise Legislation Update- Tancred Miller, NC Division of Coastal Management

Communicating Changing Conditions at the Coast- Dr. Donna Kain, East Carolina University, and Dr. Michelle Covi, Old Dominion University


Examples of fact sheets from other states: Maine; Rhode Island: Hawaii; Middle Pennisula, Virgina; Maryland

Brochures, Fact Sheets and Customizable Templates

One outcome of the workshop was that the participants identified the need for materials about various topics that communities could quickly customize for their local stakeholders. Discussions focused on two topics in particular: storm-water and flooding mitigation and wetlands protection. The documents below include samples of customizable templates for both topics and more generic documents referencing North Carolina that could be used anywhere.

Customizable templates are provided in Word and Publisher files. Placeholder text indicates where communities can insert localized information. PDF files of the templates in color and black and white are also provided.

We have also provided "generic" North Carolina versions of these materials that can be printed and used most areas with out changes. These are provided in Word, Publisher, and pdf (color and black and white) format.

Flooding and Stormwater Mitigation

"Does your yard or Neighborhood flood? What homeowners and communities can do to manage storm water and reduce flooding"

Wetlands Preservation

Visit the EPA Wetlands Division Wetlands Education Materials website for information and educational materials about wetlands for audiences from K-12 through adult:
We have included Chapter 7 of the EPA publication "A World in Our Backyard" here because it includes some useful information about community involvement in Wetlands preservation.