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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

This primer, by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The primer provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.  In addition to the general guidance, it looks at how USACE’s Dam and Levee Safety Program can better address and engage socially vulnerable population. The primer was released with a new tool available to USACE: the Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) that will allow USACE to assess the relative social vulnerability of a place given its exposure to a hazard.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

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NOAA Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation

August 2016

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management ‘Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation’ provides guidance on incorporating climate change information into new or existing coastal conservation plans. The step-wise process includes six iterative steps which draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks, while focusing on climate considerations and key resources relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds. According to NOAA, the guide is suitable for anyone working to manage or conserve lands in coastal areas including wetland, floodplain, or emergency managers; planners; or conservation organizations. A self-paced online training is provided along with the guide. 

Related Organizations: NOAA Office of Coastal Management

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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Supply Sector - New Jersey

August 4, 2016

From the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and Rutgers University, this report provides an overview of projected climate change impacts on water supply in New Jersey, as well as recommended adaptation measures and policy responses to address these issues. The report explores a wide range of local and state level adaptation options for the protection and management of water supply resources and utilities - and is intended to inform the policy discussion on water management in New Jersey to better include climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaption Alliance , Rutgers University

Author: Daniel Van Abs

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The Climate Explorer 2.0 (NOAA)

July 27, 2016

In July 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update to the 2014 Climate Explore Tool that is integrated into the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The new version allows users to explore climate change projections for every county in the contiguous United States and download maps, graphics, and data tables that show projected climate change through 2100.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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U.S. Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas

July 27, 2016

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has analyzed the exposure and vulnerability of coast military installations to tidal flooding and sea level rise through the end of the century. 18 East and Gulf Coast sites in Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C. were selected to be representative of coastal installations nationwide in terms of size, geographic distribution and military branch. US Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas includes an executive summary, a two-page fact sheet, and individual fact sheets for each of the 18 bases.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities

July 2016

Developed under Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities provides information for local governments about coastal hazards and planning techniques. The report describes various coastal hazards for the Great Lakes and the state of hazard planning for each of Indiana’s shoreline communities. The guide also reviews many coastal hazard model ordinance provisions, and steps to developing new ordinances from these models.

Related Organizations: Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond

July 2016

Abstract: The legal environment for local government in Florida is beginning to change when it comes to sea-level rise (SLR). Innovations in institutional structure and governance strategies are underway in the State as well. This paper reviews three recent developments, which relate primarily to comprehensive planning in the State, and explores their implications for Florida’s local governments, among others. It begins with the State’s decision, in 2011 legislation, to give local governments a new, optional tool – referred to as “Adaptation Action Areas” (AAAs) – to address sea-level rise and related issues in local comprehensive plans. The paper then turns to a second piece of Florida legislation, this one enacted in 2015, which also identifies sea-level rise as a concern but this time mandates that local governments begin to address it and other causes of flood-related risks through their comprehensive planning process (Florida SB 1094: An act relating to the peril of flood). Finally, the paper discusses a third initiative, (the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact), launched in 2009 by four Southeast Florida counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe – to foster local government and regional coordination on sea-level rise and other climate change issues. This review of these three developments provides a relatively in-depth starting point for understanding key features of the emerging legal and institutional landscape in Florida for addressing sea-level rise, especially with respect to comprehensive planning. It thereby contributes to filling an enormous knowledge deficit concerning adaptation initiatives.

Related Organizations: Florida State University

Author: David Markell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Toward Climate Resilience: A Framework and Principles for Science-Based Adaptation

July 13, 2016

The Union of Concerned Scientists present a climate resilience framework with 15 principles that decisionmakers can use to inform their climate resilience planning and actions.  The 15 principles are divided into three categories: science-based decisionmaking, equitable outcomes, and common-sense approaches.  The 15 principles described by the report are summarized below.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Author: Erika Spanger-Siegfried

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Climate Action through Equity: The Integration of Equity in the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The case study educates users on city and county initiatives to serve communities of color and low-income populations, what actions the city took to support equity in the 2015 plan, and lessons learned from that process.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Authors: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evans

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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