Sarah Newkirk is director of coastal conservation at The Nature Conservancy in California. Her work focuses on sea level rise, preserving and restoring natural shorelines, wetlands management and restoration, and reforming local and state governance to further ecosystem-based management.

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Coastal communities and decision makers urgently need to develop pragmatic, cost-effective strategies to protect both natural and human communities from the dramatic changes that are already underway due to climate change. Yet they lack both the information needed to plan and the enabling conditions needed to implement such strategies. This …

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