The Coastal Change Toolkit focuses on helping communities understand how coastlines work and what causes coastal change, and supporting decision-making to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards such as flooding and erosion on communities.
It is divided into 1) Volume One: Outreach 2) Volume Two: Planning.
Volume (1) provides detailed outreach materials to support an understanding of how coastlines work and what causes coastal flooding and shoreline change (natural and human-related). Volume (2) provides participatory processes that enable community members to use local knowledge to understand changes in their coastline and support decision-making that is best for local situations and capacity.
Both of the volumes in this guide can be used together as a step-by-step process to carry out outreach and conduct planning to select a suite of appropriate actions that, in combination, address local coastal hazard issues. Alternately, the individual volumes can be used separately to support existing community resource-management processes such as raising awareness or completing vulnerability assessments.