Impacts of sea level rise talk set

The Maui News

Coastal hazards specialist Tara Owens will talk about the impacts of sea level rise at a Maui County Council Planning Committee meeting Thursday.

Owens will address the “Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report,” which was accepted in December by the recently formed Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission. The 304-page report discusses the current and future status of Hawaii as sea level rise increases due to global warming.

Owens will discuss the impacts of sea level rise, vulnerable and exposed locations around the islands and recommendations from the report, such as increasing building setbacks from the shoreline. She and Pam Eaton, long-range planning administrator for the county, will also address the Planning Department’s current and upcoming responses to sea level rise.

Owens works with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and is a liaison to the county Planning Department. She works with department staff to incorporate sea level rise into the county’s planning and permitting processes.

The committee meeting will start at 9 a.m. Thursday in council chambers on the eighth floor of the county building. Those interested in testifying may sign up at the meeting or submit written testimony to pc.committee@mauicounty.us.

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