Many of the threats to our coastal communities from climate change are well-known. They range from personal danger and massive inconvenience (Superstorm Sandy) to perilous changes in global relations as some nations lose secure food sources and energy, and entire communities are displaced. Many of the responses needed to mitigate these challenges are also well known.
What is not known — and is crying out for an answer — is how these needed responses will be mobilized: When? By whom? And, frighteningly, whether?