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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Adaptation Planning Toolkit

Developed by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this Toolkit offers resources and templates to support tribes in climate adaptation planning. In an introductory document, ITEP provides an overview of adaptation planning fundamentals including guiding principles, frameworks, assessment basics, and strategy development. The Toolkit includes templates created by ITEP for tribes to develop adaptation guidance, policy resolutions, and an adaptation plan. Primary adaptation resources and tools are summarized and linked in a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet.

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Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events

March 10, 2017

In this “extreme event attribution” study, a team of researchers from Stanford University and other partner organizations developed a four-step framework to test whether, and to what extent, global warming contributes to extreme weather events. Using this framework researchers can quantify the influence of global warming on extreme events in both current and future climates. The authors suggest that the results offer decision makers valuable information for adaptation planning, such as for resilient infrastructure design, resource management, and disaster risk management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, Justin Mankin, Daniel Horton, Daniel Swain, Danielle Touma, Allison Charland, Yunjie Liu, Matz Haugen, Michael Tsiang, Bala Rajaratnam

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Surging Seas - FEMA NFIP Community Rating System Guide

February 13, 2017

Surging Seas is a suite of free public web tools for sea level rise and coastal flood analysis from Climate Central.  Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s Community Rating System (CRS).  CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for flood risk reduction, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums.

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

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Using Geographic Tools to identify industrial and commercial facilities for which pollution prevention efforts may reduce exposure to hazards associated with climate-related flooding

February 2017

This New Jersey focused report describes a Rutgers University project using geospatial analytical tools with environmental, flood, and climate data to inform state and federal program’s operations, local resilience planning, and public awareness. Rutgers researchers created a database of of 1,302 active industrial and commercial facilities in New Jersey and determined their vulnerability to flood impacts as climate conditions change, and the potential future exposures in communities where these facilities reside.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jeanne Herb, Matt Campo, Jennifer Whytlaw

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USGS National Climate Change Viewer

December 9, 2016

The National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV) from USGS allows the user to visualize projected climate change at the national, state, or county level in the continental United States. The viewer provides a number of useful tools for characterizing climate change such as: climographs (plots of monthly averages), histograms that show the distribution or spread of the model simulations, monthly time series spanning 1950-2099, and tables that summarize changes in temperature and precipitation (e. g. , extremes).

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Rhode Island: STORMTOOLS for mapping coastal flooding

2016

STORMTOOLS is a set of comprehensive mapping tools providing a series of maps and data sets that depict the sea level rise and storm surge in Rhode Island. The site now features a set of data layers for municipalities. STORMTOOLS is intended as a way to make the data outputs of a complex set of modeling processes freely available, and is designed to help homeowners and municipalities in Rhode Island better understand their risks from coastal storms and flooding, and to plan for sea level rise.

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Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware: Technical Report

2017

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) first developed Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware in 2009.  In 2016-2017, a new Delaware Sea Level Rise Technical Committee was convened to update the scenarios based on the latest scientific research and modeling. Led by Delaware Geological Survey and DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs, the Committee and these sea-level rise (SLR) planning scenarios respond to 2013 Executive Order 41 - which requires Delaware state agencies to factor SLR into capital improvement projects and land use decisions, and for DNREC to periodically update SLR scenarios with the best scientific data available.

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U.S. Climate Regulation Tracker

2016

From the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, the Climate Regulation Tracker is an online database of all climate change related regulations and other relevant actions by U.S. federal agencies. 

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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.

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EPA Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

October 6, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive online tool designed to inform local decisionmakers about climate change impacts and adaptation solutions for communities across the U. S.  The tool provides information about climate change risks on sectors as selected by the user; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes; and EPA funding opportunities.

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