Georgetown Climate Adaptation Project: Custom Role Playing Simulations for South Carolina

Project Overview Resource
October 2018

In recent years, communities in Georgetown County, South Carolina have been dealing with the impacts of thousand-year rainfalls and Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, along with rising sea levels. However, like many rural counties in the U.S., Georgetown is challenged by financial limitations and burgeoning infrastructure needs, making it difficult to focus on climate adaptation and mitigation planning.

About this resource

This project overview describes a 2018 Science Transfer project that developed and implemented a novel approach to climate adaptation planning, following a model used in New England. The project team created a customized role-playing simulation that was used in workshops to immerse community members and municipal officials in a fictional, but realistic, climate planning process. The overview highlights the project approach, anticipated benefits, anticipated products, and targeted end users.