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Sea Level Rise poses a substantial concern to communities worldwide. Increased inundation, storm surge, salt water intrusion, and other impacts create challenges which will require considerable planning to address. Recognizing the broad and differing scope of sea level rise issues and the variability of policy options to address them, local planning frameworks are necessary in addition to tools and resources available from state and federal governments. To help assess priorities and preferences on sea level rise planning, a survey of 503 persons affiliated with coastal communities on the East Coast of the United States was conducted in December 2017. This survey studied key aspects locally-driven sea level rise plans, including planning priorities, funding options, methods to resolve conflict, and potential responses. Six key findings address these and other concerns to provide the foundation of a locally driven framework for public officials.
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Data set of public survey on priorities and preferences in developing locally driven sea level rise plans in eastern coastal states in December 2017
This data set contains the responses of 503 persons affiliated with coastal communities in the East Coast of the United States. There is no personally identifiable information contained within this data set. There are 26 questions in the survey, including the consent form, 15 questions about priorities and preferences in developing community-based sea level rise plans, and 10 demographic questions (7 asked in the survey and 3 provided by the survey company). Topics include priorities for inclusion in a plan, methods to fund a plan and subsequent action, and methods to resolve conflict around sea level rise planning. In addition to the results, the full details of the questions are included.