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Help Us Improve the Adaptation Clearinghouse

Help Us Improve the Adaptation Clearinghouse

March 2018

Help us continue to improve this important resource by responding to a brief survey about the Adaptation Clearinghouse. The Georgetown Climate Center launched a new and improved version of our Adaptation Clearinghouse in July 2016. Your feedback will help us know what is working well and how we can better support the efforts of the adaptation community. .

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Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance of the 21st Century

Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance of the 21st Century

January 23, 2018

The City of Norfolk, Virginia adopted a new zoning ordinance to enhance flood resilience and direct new more intense development to higher ground; the ordinance was adopted on January 23, 2018 and became effective on March 1, 2018. The ordinance establishes a Coastal Resilience Overlay (CRO) zone, where new development and redevelopment will have to comply with new flood resilience requirements, and an Upland Resilience Overlay (URO), designed to encourage new development in areas of the city with lower risk of flooding.

Related Organizations: City of Norfolk, Virginia

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The Georgia Climate Research Roadmap

May 23, 2018

The Georgia Climate Research Roadmap is an interactive platform built around a list of 40 key research questions for policymakers and practitioners to better address climate change in Georgia. The Roadmap’s 40 questions focus on climate change impacts Georgia for major sectors such as water, ecosystems, agriculture, health, and energy - as well as several questions address issues related to social equity and environmental justice. The roadmap is an initiative of the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium founded by Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia to research climate impacts and solutions in Georgia.

Related Organizations: Georgia Climate Project, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia

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Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

May 21, 2018

From the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service, this report describes how climate change and associated sea level rise and storm surge can affect coastal U. S. National Park infrastructure, facilities, and resources. This analysis provides sea level rise projections for 118 park units and storm surge projections for 79 of those parks - from which storm surge maps for each site are included. These results are intended to inform adaptation planning for coastal parks and resources managed by the National Park Service.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), University of Colorado

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California EO B-52-18 - Executive Order to improve forest and community resilience to wildfire and other climate impacts

May 10, 2018

California Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-52-18 to support the state’s resilience to wildfire and other climate impacts, address extensive tree mortality, increase forests' capacity for carbon capture, and improve forest and forest fire management. Wildfires of magnitude exacerbated by drought and other climate factors are impeding the state’s efforts to mitigate GHGs - while bringing catastrophic effects onto communities, wildlife, and watershed health. The Order commits $96 million in additional state funds to: Improving Forest Management and Restoration; Providing Regulatory Relief; Reducing Barriers for Prescribed Fire; Boosting Education and Outreach to Land Owners; and for Supporting Wood Products Innovation.

Related Organizations: State of California

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California Forest Carbon Plan

May 10, 2018

California’s Forest Carbon Plan focuses on how to restore resilience to all forestlands in the state, creating forests that are and adaptive to climate change, and reliable long-term carbon sinks, rather than sources of GHG and black carbon emissions from wildfire. The report provides an overview of future conditions to forested ecosystems across the state based on projected climate change impacts. Goals and related strategies are outlined to improve natural lands and urban forest health, enhance carbon storage resilience, increase sequestration, and reduce GHG emissions.

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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PREPdata - Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness climate datasets

2018

PREPdata (at www.prepdata.org) is an open-source, map-based platform designed to support climate adaptation decision-makers in visualizing a region’s vulnerability or resiliency to climate change through localized climate, physical, and socioeconomic datasets. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), co-led by World Resources Institute and Future Earth, developed the tool.   

Related Organizations: Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP)

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Using Climate Data - 427 Technical Brief

April 25, 2018

This primer is designed to support financial institutions, businesses and governments in understanding and utilizing climate data. Raw climate data can be difficult to analyze in terms of financial risk and capital planning, so this brief provides an introduction to climate models and data from a business or government perspective.

Related Organizations: Four Twenty Seven

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California Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program

2014 - 2018

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting coastal resources, and preparing communities along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay for the current and future impacts of climate change. Funded by the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, grants are available for nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. These grants aim to support local governments and non-governmental organizations to advance planning and implementation of projects that lessen the impacts of climate change, especially within disadvantaged communities.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

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Financing Climate Resilience: Mobilizing Resources and Incentives to Protect Boston from Climate Risks

April 2018

Financing Climate Resilience was developed by the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Solutions Lab to help the City of Boston identify proactive strategies for financing investments in flood protection and other climate-related risks. The report details the scale of the climate resilience investments needed to reduce climate risks in Boston, estimating that between $1 and $2. 4 billion in investment will be needed in the medium-term to protect the City from climate change impacts. The report examines a range of financing mechanisms that the City could use including bonds, taxes, resilience fees (e.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Levy, Rebecca Herst

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Maryland HB 1350/ SB 1006 - Sea Level Rise Inundation and Coastal Flooding - Construction, Adaptation, and Mitigation

April 5, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland will expand and strengthen its "Coast Smart" siting and design criteria to better manage sea level rise and improve coastal adaptation efforts. The legislation also requires the state to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion, and to build criteria for hazard mitigation funding for sea level rise and coastal flooding. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, local jurisdictions that experience nuisance flooding must submit a plan to address this climate impact.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Planning, State of Maryland, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

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Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada: California's Water Future

April 4, 2018

From UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, this report describes the findings on how climate change will impact the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the water cycle in the Sierra, and the larger implications for California's water resources. The project primarily focused on changes in climate averages: average springtime temperatures, snowpack at April 1st, and timing of runoff.

Related Organizations: UCLA Center for Climate Science

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