GCC's Resources on Sea-Level Rise

The following sea-level rise and flooding resources include work from the Georgetown Climate Center. To view more sea-level rise and flood related resources in the Adaptation Clearinghouse, click here.

 

 

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20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience

June 20, 2014

A number of states and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating wildfires.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Understanding New Jersey’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

February 5, 2014

This content was prepared by the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers Climate Institute to assist decision makers, scientists, and reporters in communicating about climate change in New Jersey.  

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Vermont Culvert Rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene

December 2013

Vermont experienced significant barriers to using disaster relief funding to install larger culverts after Tropical Storm Irene.   The storm caused massive damage to the state’s transportation infrastructure and warranted a presidential disaster declaration.   In the aftermath of the event, the Vermont Transportation agency (VTrans) and localities followed state regulations that required the installation of larger culverts to address increased stream flow and to allow for fish passage.   Localities, however, were denied reimbursement for these “improvements” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency that administers disaster relief funding for rebuilding local roads and bridges.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Lessons Learned From Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief and Barriers to Adaptive Reconstruction

December 2013

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities in trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Justin Clancy, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Case Studies in Floodplain Regulation

May 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights the efforts of two communities to strengthen regulations after catastrophic flood events: Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Waveland, Mississippi. These case studies discuss the regulatory reforms the communities implemented and the lessons that can be learned from their experience.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Law University, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Emily Maus

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through disaster relief appropriations, such as the Sandy Relief Act, provide administering agencies with enough authority to prepare for climate changes during the rebuilding process. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Nicole Smith

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Analysis of the Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law (2012)

August 14, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which includes several reforms that could assist state and local governments looking to implement policies to adapt to sea-level rise and other flood impacts from climate changes.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut

July 2012

This article published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal examines two sea-level rise adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-level approach modeled after cutting-edge sea level rise regulations adopted by neighboring Rhode Island. For each method, the authors examine what measures can be implemented now given existing legal authorities delegated to state agencies and municipalities; what measures will require additional delegations or amendments to existing statutes or regulations; and what level of government is best suited to implement different measures (state or local).

Related Organizations: National Sea Grant Law Center, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Julia Wyman

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adaptation Toolkit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use

October 31, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and infrastructure, and strives to assist governments in determining which tools to employ to meet their unique socio-economic and political contexts.

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks

May 2010

This case study analyzes Virginia local governments' authority to use existing land use powers to adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in Virginia’s Climate Action Plan. State and local government officials in other states may find the study helpful in determining how local government land use powers in their states may be used as part of a climate adaptation plan. .

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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