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Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering

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www.sagecoast.org

SAGE:

“A Community of Practice of Federal, State, and Local Agencies, non- governmental organizations, academic institutions, engineers, and private businesses working together to:
• Use and promote green-gray approaches to ensure coastal community and shoreline resilience;
• Broaden science, engineering, policy and marketing activity both domestically and internationally;
• Engage community partners in regional demonstrations.

Our coastal communities and shorelines are facing escalating risks from more frequent and more powerful storms, sea-level change, and changing precipitation patterns that can result in dramatic economic losses to impacted communities and the country.   SAGE is an initiative that brings together experts and practitioners from the federal, academic, non-profit and private sectors to pursue and advance a comprehensive view of shoreline change. This community of practice will facilitate the development and application of hybrid engineering approaches that link ‘soft’ ecosystem-based approaches (green) with ‘hard’ infrastructure approaches (gray) to enhance the resiliency of our coastal communities and shorelines. The intent is to reduce impacts from the consequences of land cover and climate change through prevention, mitigation and/or adaptation. This community of practice will build on the “living shoreline” concept and identify combinations of natural ecosystems and built infrastructure that best protect coastal communities and shorelines, while also improving economic outcomes and provision of ecosystem services.”

~Information and images from SAGE

Photo taken from www.sagecoast.org

Photo taken from www.sagecoast.org

As part of this effort, an online interactive mapper was created with information on different shoreline projects. The SAGE online database contains multiple projects around the nation, including Living Shorelines for shoreline stabilization, habitat restoration, and floodplain management. Each project includes a variety information such as; site, design, cost and partner information.

SAGE interactive project mapper

SAGE interactive project mapper

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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