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Flooding in Marblehead, Massachusetts, caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29. Brian Birke, Flickr.

The National Park Service (NPS) just published a Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook that summarizes the current state of NPS climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks.  I like this Guide because it has a chapter of case studies of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information including cost per unit length of constructed features (including seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based features). The level of detail varies by topic depending on the state of research and practice in that field.  So, if you’re interested in learning about what others have tried or are exploring in on the ground climate adaptation, it’s worth a read.  If the link above doesn’t work, it can be found at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastalhandbook.htm.