Empirical evidence regularly points to communities in Northern Virginia being vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather. This is especially the case of low-lying coastal localities such as Old Town Alexandria, and parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties which are vulnerable to damaging storm-surge events, rising sea levels, longer heat waves, heavy precipitation events, flash flooding, and other extremes.
To respond to these extreme events, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), with support from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, will coordinated an interdisciplinary collaborative workgroup comprising technical and policy experts from across the region to guide development of several reports and workshops that will build capacity of the region to: 1) Identify and assess the effects of extreme weather events on the natural and built environment of the Northern Virginia coastal zone; 2) Identify appropriate policy frameworks to respond to climate change planning and adaptation; 3) Determine how to integrate climate change considerations into local plans and policies; 4) Identify methods to and techniques to manage associated risks; and, 5) Collaborate with multiple stakeholders on developing a response for the region.
Resiliency Webinar Series
NVRC has organized a series of webinars to share the work of climate resiliency experts and entrepreneurs and best practices projects touching on environmental, economic and social sustainability. Each webinar will be approximately 90 minutes, profile the work of the resiliency expert and include interactive dialogue among the participants.
Outcomes: Reports and Tools
Critical Infrastructure Qualitative Risk Analysis Desktop Exercise
Monitoring Protocol for Living Shorelines
- Place-Based Green Infrastructure Restoration Case Study of Leesylvania State Park
- Four Mile Run Project Update
- Keynote Address by the Honorable Allison Silberberg "The Need for a Regional Climate Adaptation Roadmap for Northern Virginia" November 2016
- Climate Resiliency in the Metropolitan Washington Region
Final RoadMap Report
Click here to read and/or download the final Roadmap Report