All Resources on the Economics of Adaptation

This tab includes all resources on the economics of adaptation in the Adaptation Clearinghouse, including plans addressing economic impacts and reports describing the economic benefits of adaptation actions. Filter this list by sector or impact.

 

 

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Risk and Resilience in Coastal Regions, An Urban Land Institute Global Policy and Practice Forum Report

2013

In January 2013, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) convened an interdisciplinary group of market stakeholders to explore the implications of new environmental risks in coastal regions on real estate practices and markets. This report represents the stakeholder's input and ultimate strategies from the forum - including participation from the real estate industry, insurance industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

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Caltrans Devil’s Slide Realignment Project

2013

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) invested in an expensive relocation of the Devil’s Slide segment of Highway 1, a coastal highway linking Half Moon Bay and San Francisco in San Mateo County. The segment was repeatedly closed due to damage from rockslides and erosion. The state decided to relocate the road at additional up-front expense (approximately $342 million) to avoid the long-term maintenance costs of rebuilding the road repeatedly in its existing location. Although not specifically implemented in response to climate change, this project provides an example of how realignment may present a cost effective strategy for adapting transportation assets in the face of mounting maintenance costs from repeated damage due to climate-related events.

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Caltrans - Addressing Climate Change Adaptation in Regional Transportation Plans: A Guide for California MPOs and RTPAs

February 2013

This guide is intended to be a resource to support metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation planning agencies (RTPAs) in incorporating climate change impacts into their decision-making and planning processes. The guide helps MPOs and RTPAs with assessing risks to transportation assets from different climate stressors, inventorying assets, assessing the vulnerability of assets, and incorporating climate change into long-range planning and investment decisions. To facilitate these processes, the guide includes: background information on climate adaptation, recommended data and information to assist in incorporating climate considerations into regional planning, and a step-by-step process for integrating climate risks into plans.

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Mapping Our Future: A Work Plan for Public Engagement and Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2013

This report presents a work plan for regional agencies to partner with community groups on climate adaptation, and support local governments in doing so as well. It also provides parallel recommendations for funders and community groups.

Author or Affiliated User: Kirsten Schwind

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit and Final Report

March 2013

The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit is a web-based portal to many resources for decision and policy makers, waterfront landowners, and waterfront users. The Toolkit contains information about the historical and current use of waterfront space; the economic value of working waterfronts; and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas. The Toolkit also features detailed case studies of successful working waterfronts initiatives from communities around the country.

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Sustainable Salt Lake - Plan 2015 (Salt Lake City, Utah)

March 18, 2013

Sustainable Salt Lake was developed by Salt Lake City Green, the outreach arm of Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Division. This comprehensive plan outlines goals and strategies to achieve increased community sustainability, social justice, and neighborhood and downtown vitality by the end of Mayor Ralph Becker’s second term in 2015. 

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City of Grand Rapids, Michigan Sustainability Plan: FY 2011-2015

April 2013

The City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Plan presents management planning goals for the economic, social and environmental sectors of the city. The City planning goals for the environment include energy reduction, climate protection, improved environmental quality and natural systems, as well as smart sustainable land use, urban design, and transportation.  

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National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

April 16, 2013

As part of President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (or the National Ocean Policy), the National Ocean Council (NOC) released National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan in April 2013. The Plan describes specific actions Federal agencies will take to address key ocean challenges, give states and communities greater input in Federal decisions, streamline Federal operations, save taxpayer dollars, and promote economic growth.

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Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)Insurance Industry

June 2013

This report from the Geneva Association gives an overview of the detected changes in the oceans and their impact on extreme events and hazard probabilities over the last few decades. It summarizes the changes in risk management strategies that (re)insurance companies can implement in order to address the new situation appropriately, comply with regulatory requirements and ultimately improve their ratings. 

Author or Affiliated User: Falk Niehörster

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Handbook for Local Governments in North Carolina

June 2013

The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed this handbook to help local governments in North Carolina with adaptation planning. It provides local governments with information on how climate change might impact their communities, along with strategies that can be implemented to address these potential impacts. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sierra C. Woodruff, Anna K. Schwab, Dylan Sandler

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