By maximizing resilience and adapting to climate change impacts now, we are better prepared for extreme and unexpected events.
Delaware’s Climate Action Plan outlines seven key action areas for maximizing resilience in the state. Those areas include:
These areas build on more than a decade of state programs and policies aimed at maximizing resilience.
A 5-year effort completed in 2014 that resulted in a vulnerability assessment, recommendations for adaptation and planning scenarios for the state.
A 2014 report that outlines climate change adaptation actions that state agencies identified for themselves to complete.
The Delaware Goelogical Survey, in cooperation with DNREC’s Coastal Programs, developed a series of coastal inundation maps corresponding with water surfaces from the mean higher-high water (MHHW) level to 7 feet above MHHW, in 1-foot increments.
A 2017 report resulting from a pilot project assessing flood risk and energy efficiency opportunities for three state-owned facilities. The goal of the project was to proactively address the possible consequences of climate change to these facilities to ensure the provision of reliable and uninterrupted services to Delaware residents.
In 2017, DNREC oversaw the creation of the project, which examined the health and safety risks faced by state employees who work outdoors or in environments that are vulnerable to extreme weather. The report summarizes findings and recommendations regarding the climate resilience of worker health and safety policies for five state agencies.
A 2016 guidebook to encourage nature-based solutions to erosion, flooding and air and water pollution. The guidebook provides an introduction to green infrastructure projects and their benefits, as well as information on how to select, build and maintain the projects.