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Research and Analysis

The HRPDC Coastal Resiliency Program’s research and analysis supports identifying areas vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise in the region and highlights adaptation and management approaches.

To help document and track local progress towards implementing projects that reduce flood risk, HRPDC staff coordinated with local government staff to develop a regional inventory of resilience projects. The inventory includes completed and potential projects in 11 different categories, such as drainage improvements, natural shoreline management, and structural flood protection. The inventory can be viewed through an interactive summary Dashboard and is available for download at

Dashboard Image of Hampton Roads Resilience Projects

Recent Reports:

Developing First Floor Elevation Data for Coastal Resilience Planning in Hampton Roads (2019)
Describes the methods and analysis used to initiate the development of a regional building first floor elevation database to support coastal hazard vulnerability assessments.

Previous Reports:

Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Planning and Technical Assistance (2015)
Provides sea level rise inundation maps, case studies from other cities and regions, and an overview of coordination and outreach activities.

Coastal Resiliency: Adapting to Climate Change in Hampton Roads(2013)
Describes sea level rise scenarios, local impacts under these scenarios, and methods for incorporating sea level rise adaptation into local plans.

   Climate Change in Hampton Roads:

Phase 3: Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads, Virginia (2012)

Phase 2: Storm Surge Vulnerability and Public Outreach (2011)

Phase 1: Impacts and Stakeholder Involvement (2010)