Public Workshops

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Beaufort County, S.C.



The goal of the public workshops was to seek input on the sea level rise adaptation actions developed by the Beaufort County focus group. A press release was distributed to area media and event flyers were distributed on electronic mailing lists. 


Objectives: 
  • To share the latest science on sea level rise.
  • To discuss Beaufort County vulnerabilities identified by a local group of interested staff & stakeholders. 
  • To solicit participants' additional input on adaptation strategies.
  • To use participant input to write a plan for prioritized action for Beaufort County. 
Sessions:

Session 1: August 25, 2014
Bluffton Branch Library Large Meeting Room
120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton, SC 29910

Session 2: August 26, 2014
St. Helena Branch Library Large Meeting Room
6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd., St. Helena, SC 29920

Workshop Format

 Time Section Title Description
 1:00 Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of Agenda Presentation 1: Sea Level Rise in Beaufort, SC
 1:20 Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in Beaufort County Presentation 2: Sea Level Rise Science
 Presentation 3: Mapping SLR in Beaufort County
 1:45 Review of Working Group Findings and Adaptation Strategies Presentation 4: Potential Options for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Beaufort County, SC
 2:00 Question and Answer 
 2:15 Break 
 2:25 Small Group Discussions Facilitated group discussions about adaptation strategies, including a prioritization vote. 
 3:25 Report-outs and Full Group Discussion Facilitators share key points of each small group with all participants.
 3:50 Next Steps and Wrap-Up 

Presentations

Number

Title of Presentation

Presenter

1

Sea Level Rise in Beaufort, SC

Dr. Elizabeth Fly, Coastal Climate Extension Specialist (S.C. Sea Grant)

2

Sea Level Rise Science

Dr. Elizabeth Fly, Coastal Climate Extension Specialist (S.C. Sea Grant)

3

Mapping SLR in Beaufort County

Sean Bath, Graduate Student Intern 
(S.C. Sea Grant / College of Charleston)

4

Potential Options for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Beaufort County, SC

Dr. Jessica Whitehead, Coastal Communities Hazards Adaptation Specialist (N.C. Sea Grant)


Small Group Discussions

Participants for each workshop were divided into 3 or 4 small groups. Each person was handed a printed sheet of adaptation actions and given 5 minutes to reflect and write down additional ideas. After 5 minutes, each person introduced themselves and provided one major reflection or addition they had to the list. 

Groups then moved to broader discussion that captured answers to the first three questions below: 

Questions:
1. Do you have any comments or concerns about the list of suggested adaptation strategies? 
2. Would you suggest any alternative strategies?
3. What important trade-offs would you consider with each strategy?

After much discussion on the above questions, participants voted for their top three priority strategies. If priority voting was completed in a timely fashion, group discussion continued emphasizing the following questions:

4. What actions do you think can be pursued with currently available resources and political agreement?
5. What additional information would help you make decisions?

At the end of the allotted time, groups decided 3-4 key takeaways from their discussion to share with the larger group. 

Questions? 
Please contact Sean Bath (sean.bath@scseagrant.org) or Dr. Liz Fly (elizabeth.fly@scseagrant.org). 

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