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resilient MA: Climate Change Clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

June 2018

In 2018, Massachusetts launched resilent MA, an online clearinghouse for local governments and the public with comprehensive information about the state’s work on climate adaptation and mitigation. The clearinghouse contains science and data on expected climate changes, information on community resiliency, decision support tools, and links to grant programs and technical assistance that local government and communities can use to fund and support actions to adapt to climate change.

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Sabin Center Legal Resources for Climate Change Adaptation

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law database of legal resources for adaptation includes law reviews of provisions that consider climate risks, articles about “the nature of legal obligations to adapt,” and resources to facilitate adaptation planning efforts by government and the private sector.

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The Northwest Climate Toolbox

The Northwest Climate Toolbox provides free online access to historic, current and future projections of weather and climate data tools, with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. Designed to aid decision-makers in agriculture, water resources and fire management, the tools transform raw climatological, meteorological and hydrological information into visualizations for climate adaptation planning. There are currently 17 tools available, most with data for the entire U. S. , some focused specifically on locations in the western and northwestern U.

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From Community Engagement to Ownership: Tools for the Field with Case studies of Four Municipal Community-Driven Environmental and Racial Equity Committees

June 2018

Recognizing the importance of collaborative governance in reducing inequities as a result of climate vulnerability, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network gave the Innovation Fund Project grant to four municipal community-based committees for racial equity and environmental justice. They were funded to learn and evaluate the collaboration process between community-based committees and the local governments utilizing the spectrum of community engagement to ownership as a tool to analyze the case studies. The four case studies include the Equity Working Group in Portland, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in Providence, the Environmental Justice Committee in Seattle, and the Equity Advisory Group for Ward 7 in Washington DC. The four committees and groups contracted with Facilitating Power (FP), Movement Strategy Center (MSC), and the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners to establish an evaluation process of collaborative governance. After conducting surveys and in-person interviews, the research indicates that all four cases are still at level two (consult) on a scale of five on the spectrum. While some have shown the potential of moving toward level three (community involvement), none of these cases have arrived at level four (collaborative governance). Building on the findings and the spectrum, the project further suggests a learning and evaluation tool for assessing the process of collaborative governance.

 

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Actions Likely to Increase Plant and Animal Resilience to Climate Change

2018

The Nature Conservancy has mapped locations across California with strategic recommendations for land managers to support wildlife and plant resilience to climate change. The interactive online tool is a map of California’s Landscape Vulnerability which presents conservation actions for terrestrial species across the state. 

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Azavea Climate Lab and API

2018

Azavea’s climate change analysis tool is designed to help local decision-makers adapt with standardized, localized and accessible climate data. The application supports interactive climate impact modeling, and is scaled to cities nationwide. The Climate API provides access to historic and projected (1950-2100) low temperature, high temperature and precipitation data  - with 22 climate indicators for over 1,000 U. S. locations.  The Lab features downloadable charts for inclusion in presentations and briefs, as well as direct downloads for the data and reproducible API calls for users looking to incorporate these data into other applications.

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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.   

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Sea-Level Report Cards: Trends, projections, and processes to aid coastal planning

2018

This tool is created and maintained by the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and provides annual sea-level rise projections and trends for 32 localities across the nation where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains tidal gauges. The report cards are novel in that sea-level rise projections are presented on a local scale and expected to be updated annually (in January) as tidal gauge data becomes available. In comparison, similar data sets are often on a global scale and released after longer time spans.

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Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

February 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analyzes "high tide flooding" (also known as "nuisance flooding") in this report, and finds that it is becoming more commonplace due to sea level rise. High tide flooding impacts roads, beaches, parks, and private property, and is generally more disruptive than damaging. However, there are places such as Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and the U. S Marshall islands where it is currently a serious problem. Even more, with continued sea level rise, flooding is likely to increase.

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, Greg Dusek, Jayantha Obeysekera, John Marra

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Flood Ready Vermont website

Along with unprecedented damages to Vermont from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, extreme flooding conditions occur regularly across the state. The Flood Ready Vermont website describes the urgency for preparing for flooding at the community level, and provides tools and resources for adaptation and flooding resilience.

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