The goal of this research is to quantify favorable locations for oyster aquaculture along the Texas and Louisiana coasts, then determine if those suitable locations are projected to change given climate change.
To address continued gaps in uninformed communities, SCIPP will make continued strides in collaborating with planners, emergency managers, water utility personnel and aquaculture producers. We will partner with them to effectively incorporate climate information into their plans to help build long-term resilience, and study planning processes to identify issues such as inclusion and dissemination.
SCIPP will develop versions of the Simple Planning Tool that are tailored to Texas and Louisiana, which builds on the Oklahoma and Arkansas versions that were developed a few years ago. The Texas toolhas already been developed. The Louisiana version is currently in development.
A significant portion of SCIPP’s work over the last decade has focused on how climate and hazard information can inform planning and practices. Progress has been made, but hazard mitigation planning is still lacking in the region. Several reasons for why this is the case have been identified. This project addresses one of those reasons, which is the need to develop a hazard mitiation planning template that is useful for low-capacity communities and broadly advances climate resilience and disaster risk reduction. Through a collaboration with the the National Hazard Mitigation Association and FEMA Region VI, this project will address several research questions. The first two questions will be primarily answered through literature review. The second two will be answered by collecting data through focus groups. The research questions are as follows:
1. Why are most low-capacity communities unable to address their existing hazard-related challenges?
2. What additional capacities and capabilities are needed so that low-capacity communities can address their hazard challenges that are being/will be exacerbated by climate change?
3. How should a hazard mitigation planning template be designed so it: a) better aligns with the capabilities and capacities of low-capacity communities and b) advances climate resilience and disaster risk reduction more broadly rather than only meeting a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan requirement?
4. What hazard mitigaiton planning capability and capacity gaps exist that could be addressed by the NHMA Disaster Risk Reduction Ambassador Curriculum and other applicable training curriculums?