VCPC Reports & Collaborative Documents

VCPC Reports and Collaborative Documents


Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding

 These papers discuss current and future ideas for adapting to sea-level rise and recurrent flooding in Virginia, detailing legal frameworks and paths to a more resilient coastline, as well as the economic costs associated with a lack of planning:

These papers discuss how localities can best work within the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System to lower flood insurance rates within their communities:

Funding Resilience 
Shoreline Management and Riparian Rights

These papers focus on the statutory and regulatory frameworks associated with shoreline management and riparian property rights:

Water Quality, Water Quantity, and Marine Debris

 These papers discuss the impacts of sea level rise and recurrent flooding on water quality and quantity, and analyze the ability of current laws, regulations, and policies to protect water quality and water supply: 

Collaborative Report: 

Social Vulnerability and Environmental Justice

 These papers discuss the concept of social vulnerability to recurrent flooding from extreme weather events and sea-level rise:

Collaborative Report:

State and Local Governments: Authority and Liability

 These papers analyze the authority for and potential liability of state and local government to take action to address the impacts of sea level rise and recurrent flooding: 

Collaborative Report: 

Renewable Energy


Resilient Coastal Economies and Aquaculture


Collaborative Report: 

  • The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law School, National Sea Grant Law Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program (Roger Williams University School of Law), Carl Vinson Institute of Government (University of Georgia), and California Sea Grant Program collaborated on a project to examine impediments to shellfish aquaculture across the United States. This project resulted in Case Studies and an associated Story Map.
Offshore Uses and Ocean Planning


These papers examine opportunities, legal questions, and policy pathways for expanding use of ocean resources: 


Virginia Tribes


These papers examine opportunities, legal questions, and policy pathways for growing relationships between local and state governments and Virginia Tribes:


  • The Quick Guide to Resilience, a tool developed by VCPC to create an easy reference for localities regarding resilience issues.
  • The PREP Tool, a three-step process to support local governments in establishing a set of resilience priorities informed by level of risk, resilience efforts to date, and best practices in resilience planning. The tool provides a starting point for local governments who have not yet evaluated their vulnerabilities, assessed impacts, identified resilience-building actions, or developed resilience plans to guide future resilience efforts.