CPLN 7010

St. Croix: Addressing Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the US Virgin Islands

The following adaptation plan is the culmination of a semester-long study of climate-related effects on the environment, infrastructure, and people of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through the lens of city planning and environmental studies, students engaged with local partners in USVI to better understand the challenges and opportunities associated with climate change resilience on the island. Students had the opportunity to travel to St. Croix meeting with local partners, leaders, and residents to gain a first-hand perspective into the complex social, physical, and environmental factors informing the Island's responses to extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and other impacts of climate change. Informed by the experiences and knowledge shared from the local partners, data collected on the island, and remote research, students developed a series of adaptation strategies for target areas or subjects on the island which are reflected in this document.