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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.  The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community. 

Related Organizations: Abt Associates, The Kresge Foundation

Authors: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Joel B. Smith, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas, created by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is an online tool that allows users to find information on demographic changes, racial and economic inclusion, and potential economic gains from racial equity. Data is available for the largest 100 cities, 150 metropolitan regions, and all 50 states in the United States. While this resource does not address climate change, it can provide useful information to frame environmental justice and equity challenges that may be exacerbated by climate change.

Related Organizations: Policylink, University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Rhode Island: Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 28, 2016

From Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, Technical Paper 167: “Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge” analyzes the estimated geographic extent of sea level rise in relation to transportation infrastructure in the state over the next century. The study found that sea level rise presents a major challenge to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure, both via daily tidal flooding of coastal assets, and in making storm surge events more severe.  In addition to an overview of asset exposure and vulnerability, summaries of the results are also presented in factsheets tailored to each municipality that is vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Coastal Climate Resiliency - Resilient Retail (New York City)

July 2016

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City (NYC) was left with significant damage to its urban retail corridors. In response, the NYC Department of City Planning launched the Resilient Retail study to address commercial-infrastructure flood resiliency, particularly in retail corridors located within the city’s floodplains. This report offers detailed case studies of affected areas, documents the challenges of increasing flood resiliency within retail corridors, and suggests potential solutions. The report aims to highlight the current options available to businesses and property owners to mitigate flood risk. It also identifies the federal and local regulatory hurdles that business owners face.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA Virtual Framework for Vulnerability Assessment

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosts and maintains the Virtual Framework for Vulnerability Assessment website that provides data, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and regional transportation agencies assess the vulnerability of transportation assets and systems to climate change and extreme weather events. The tools and trainings included in this website can be used in conjunction with FHWA's assessment guide Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework.  

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

March 2016

As of March 2016, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is providing up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program. These grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awards were made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through land and ocean use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other regional, state, or community planning efforts.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

November 23, 2015

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tools provides information on climate change impacts and vulnerability of a variety of the state’s species and habitats; as well as adaptation strategies and actions based on user selected location and interests. The online tool is focused on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry practices, landscape connectivity (including climate related impacts on roads and culverts), land protection, and conservation planning.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of the Interior (DOI): Northeast Climate Science Center (CSC), University of Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines

October 28, 2015

The “Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines,” developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Living Shorelines Workgroup, represents an agency-wide effort to encourage the use of living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique along sheltered coasts. The report describes NOAA’s living shorelines guiding principles and how to navigate NOAA’s potential regulatory and programmatic roles in living shorelines project planning. This guidance also provides a conceptual framework of 12 questions to help NOAA and their partners when planning a shoreline stabilization effort.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and the U.S. Energy Sector: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Solutions

October, 2015

This report, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), divides the country into nine regions and looks at specific energy vulnerabilities to climate change in each. This report aims to assist infrastructure owners and utility planners by identifying climate change threats to energy sectors, and providing current resilience solutions.This report is a part of the DOE’s ongoing effort to facilitate climate preparedness and resilience within the energy sector on a local, regional, and national level.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Authors: Chris Gillespie, Matt Antes

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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