CAP experts have provided services to all the client groups below, and can customize approaches to a wide range of climate adaptation needs.
Decades ago, many sewage treatment plants were deliberately installed in low lying coastal locations to avoid pumping costs. These very locations make them vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges today. The COAST process is a superb way to evaluate the costly adaptation strategies of fortifying a plant, moving to higher ground, or abandoning such a major facility.
CAP provides a broad range of climate adaptation services, including comprehensive plan analysis and updates, ordinance review and drafting, RFP management, and others. However the primary approach has been to use the COAST tool to help either launch a sea level rise adaptation planning process or to supplement one that is underway. Those working with the COAST process have found it helpful in generating local engagement around climate adaptation.
Agencies with responsibility for maintaining and upgrading transportation and other types of infrastructure are often asking the reasonable question “how big of a storm does it make financial sense for me to protect myself against?” Agencies with more natural- or cultural-resource related responsibilities also might reasonably ask “Does it make financial sense to build a berm to protect our assets? Should we move those assets inland? Should we do nothing?“ Using the COAST framework, the CAP team can help answer these and other resiliency-related questions, providing 3D visual output that engages communities and helps generate momentum to begin taking adaptation action.