Welcome to the Adaptation Clearinghouse

An online database and networking site that serves policymakers and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change

Featured Resources

Resource

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. .

Resource Category: Assessments

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

Recently Added Resources

Resource

Boston Planning and Development Agency - Smart Utilities Policy

June 14, 2018

The City of Boston, Massachusetts Smart Utilities Policy focuses on climate resilient infrastructure planning. A two-year pilot program, the policy incorporates five Smart Utility Technologies into Boston’s Article 80 Development Review, and Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Development Review Guidelines. The policy calls for the integration of new technologies that will prepare utility infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, including increased flood risks, heat waves and stronger storms.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Planning and Development Agency

Resource Category: Solutions

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

Connecticut Executive Order No. 66: State Water Plan (and State Water supply as Public Trust)

June 14, 2018

Connecticut Governor Malloy’s executive order directs the state’s Water Planning Council (WPC) to immediately implement the State Water Plan - that was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly in January 2018. The EO recommits to the definition of water as a public trust – a declaration of public policy that has been in the state statute for more than 40 years. A Public Trust is essentially a policy that recognizes the public’s inherent right to water, among many other rights.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

California Proposition 68 - Parks, Environment, and Water Bond

June 5, 2018

Proposition 68 is a $4 billion bond measure to protect California’s water, parks, and natural resources, while bolstering climate adaptation, resilience, and social equity statewide. This proposition allows the state to sell General Obligation bonds for various natural resources-related programs - including $443 million to be allocated for climate adaptation and resiliency projects throughout the state.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

Indicators of Climate Change in California

May 9, 2018

This report presents 36 indicators tracking trends in climate change and climate impacts on California's environment and people. Form the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), this third edition report updates the 2009 and 2013 version.  The report is a resource intended for decision makers, scientists, educators, and the public - and brings scientific analysis to inform climate mitigation and adaptation decision-making.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

Resource

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

See Resource Login to Add to My Resource List

 

See more