Climate Change

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010 devastated the Gulf Coast communities and is considered the worst spill in U.S. history. While some approaches exist on how to integrate climate change into restoration decision-making, many post-Deepwater Horizon restoration projects fail to adequately address climate change impacts. GOMURC collaborated with Scripps Oceanographic Institution Environmental Law Institute, and the Mississippi/Alabama and Louisiana Sea Grant programs on 2015 technical report by L. Ward, “Climate Change, Community Resilience,and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico,” to discuss how to consider the known and potential impacts of climate change on restoration efforts in order to build resilience in coastal communities.