Climate impacts, including rising sea levels and shifting storm patterns, are transforming coastal landscapes and undermining the resilience of communities and ecosystems. Proactive community-led adaptation strategies, including nature-based solutions and planned relocation, can help communities adapt to both current and future increases in the severity of coastal hazards across the nation.

    Key points:

  • Coastal Hazards Are Increasing Due to Accelerating Sea Level Rise and Changing Storm Patterns
  • Coastal Impacts on People and Ecosystems Are Increasing Due to Climate Change
  • Adaptation Reduces Risk and Provides Additional Benefits for Coastal Communities

View the Coastal Effects chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment >>


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Aerial views during an Army search and rescue mission show damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. By U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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