July 23, 2009
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
State survey to gauge public perceptions of sea level rise
RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is inviting people to take an online survey designed to gain insight into public perceptions of sea level rise impacts in North Carolina.
The survey is the first part of a larger effort by the state Division of Coastal Management, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to address potential responses to sea level rise on a state level.
The survey will help identify perceptions of risk from sea level rise, what stakeholders believe should be done to address the potential impacts, and who should be responsible for addressing those impacts. The answers also will help the state agency prepare a written Coastal Resources Commission policy on sea level rise, and offer assistance to coastal governments, partner agencies and other stakeholders.
“We are seeking responses from a diverse audience,” said Tancred Miller, coastal policy analyst for the state Division of Coastal Management and the primary author of the survey. “Whatever an individual’s knowledge or belief about sea level rise, everyone’s perceptions are of great interest to us.”
Survey responses will be collected until Aug. 31, after which time the link will be deactivated and results compiled. The results will be presented at a future Coastal Resources Commission meeting, and posted online at the division’s Web site.
The state agency also is working with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to co-host a sea level rise science forum early next year, followed by a policy summit next summer.
To take the survey, click here.