A case study comparative of challenges and opportunities for green infrastructure implementation in coastal regions
Linton, Sonia Colette
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As storm size and intensity increases in the future along with the rise in sea levels, coastal regions are set to experience greater damage to their social, economical and environmental spheres. With grey infrastructure failing under the pressure of sever storm events, the implementation of green infrastructure is being looked to to successfully mitigate the damage of storms to urban and metro environments. As an integral part of a planned response to climate change, this thesis proposes adapting to long-term rising sea levels in a manner that supports coastal locations by assessing the challenges and opportunities associated with green infrastructure in coastal regions. To this end this thesis proposes using green infrastructure to better support coastal communities but with a need of regulation and policy to allow for effective implementation, and to give policymakers time to prepare for the possibility of a managed retreat from the coastline.