Legal Dilemmas Rising with the Seas
Our Sea Level Rise and Oceans Work
Shifting coastlines and more intense storms are changing our relationship with the ocean. These and other climate change impacts require novel applications of law and consideration of new fact patterns. Existing legal frameworks can constrain policy responses and limit our ability to address climate change impacts like sea level rise. Legal barriers may prevent individuals, companies, and governments from acting to protect communities and the economy; and actions taken can trigger liabilities and equity concerns.
EELP is building a body of work on the legal issues that arise as our communities face new challenges in their relationship with the seas. Our work analyzes legal questions related to sea level rise, managing ocean resources, and how climate change impacts our relationship with the ocean.
We rely on oceans for energy, food, transportation, and recreation and depend on a healthy ocean for a healthy and resilient environment. Climate change affects all of this. It heightens our need to rapidly develop offshore renewable energy and introduces new stressors on existing uses, presenting new challenges to regulatory structures.