Climate Adaptation Working Group


In 2012, the A-NPDC assumed the role of lead agency for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Climate Adaptation Working Group (CAWG) to coordinate efforts among local, state, and federal representatives of government, aquaculture, agriculture, and community organizations to better plan and mitigate risks associated with climate change and sea level rise. CAWG’s mission is to provide educational outreach and develop planning tools to assist local governments and residents. To date, CAWG has hosted multiple public workshops addressing sea level rise and developed flood vulnerability models utilizing high-resolution LiDAR elevation data for the region. The group is also working to gauge public sentiment and solicit knowledge and personal anecdotal accounts of what local residents have experienced in terms of changes related to sea level rise and climate change.

Quarterly CAWG Meetings

Please save the dates for the 2017 quarterly meetings, which will be held at the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague, unless otherwise posted.

May 9th Full Agenda Here

August 29th – CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

November 2nd, 10:00am – Noon. Draft Agenda Here

February 7th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm.


Online Resources/Tools

Over 200 Eastern Shore residents participated in the CAWG's Coastal Flooding Workshop in 2012.
Over 200 Eastern Shore residents participated in the CAWG’s Coastal Flooding Workshop in 2012.
  1. The Costs & Benefits of the CRS Program in Virginia
  2. Virginia CRS Communities – CRS Activity Scores
  3. AdaptVA – Forecasts, Adaptations, Tools, Data, Planning & Policy
  4. AdaptationClearinghouse – Resources for Small Communities
  5. Historic Architectural Resource Survey: Eastern Shore – Accomack and Northampton Counties Virginia
  6. UVA-IEN Community Resilience in Coastal VA Website
  7. Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative Website
  8. Atlantic National Seashores Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report
  9. Chesapeake Commons Website 
  10. TNC Coastal Resiliency Tool
    1. CR Tool Resources
    2. New Training Manual (August 2017)
  11. Climate Central Surging Seas SLR & Coastal Flood Risk Tool
  12. Climate Central Surging Seas Risk Zone Map


Plans and Publications

Transportation Infrastructure Inundation Vulnerability Assessment Report – ANPDC May 2015

TIIVA Report – All Appendices

TIIVA Summary Presentation – January 2015

2014 Coastal Change Archive Report – All of the data can be accessed on the VCZMP Coastal GEMS website in the ‘Coastal Land’ section.

Basic Understanding & Teaching Resources

  1. VDEQ/VCZM Introduction to Climate Science Presentation




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