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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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Oregon Climate and Health Social Vulnerability Assessment

October 2015

The Oregon Climate and Health Program developed this social vulnerability assessment to inform climate resilience and adaptation planning in Oregon. It focuses specifically on social vulnerability as a way to integrate the concepts of social determinants and environmental justice into long-term planning. This first edition is a set of maps focused on social vulnerability indicators, and is limited to measures of population sensitivity.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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

October 2015

Produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report addresses the energy vulnerabilities to climate change in each of nine regions across the U.S. This report aims to assist infrastructure owners and utility planners by identifying climate change threats to energy sectors, and providing current resilience solutions - on a local, regional, and national level.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Gillespie, Matt Antes

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Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative and Final Report

September 30, 2015

Developed by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) evaluated and ranked Vermont communities where economic activity and the associated infrastructure are at high risk of flooding. The goal of the project is to help communities recover quickly from disasters, minimize interruptions to businesses and the local economy, and reduce flood recovery costs.  The Initiative was designed to provide a foundation to develop community-tailored action plans to reduce the loss of jobs, inventory, revenue, as well as the cost to repair roads, bridges, and other key infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

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NOAA 2014 State of Nuisance Flooding

September 9, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) 2014 State of Nuisance Tidal Flooding highlights nuisance flood frequencies during the 2014 meteorological year, May 2014 through April 2015, at 27 NOAA tide stations around the U.S. which have collected data for more than 50 years.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: William V. Sweet, John J. Marra

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Climate in the Heartland: Historical Data and Future Projections for the Heartland Regional Network

September 2015

Climate in the Heartland describes projected climate change impacts for five municipalities: Iowa City, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The analysis finds that annual temperatures are projected to increase substantially for each municipality. The average temperature in coming decades will be higher than extremes that have recently occurred on average only once per decade. Additionally, frosts are projected to start later and end earlier for all five municipalities.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Anderson, Jennifer Gooden, Patrick E. Guinan, Mary Knapp, Gary McManus, Martha D. Shulski

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Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September, 2015

This report, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, provides an overview of the vulnerabilities facing tribal communities in the U.S. and Alaska to climate change. This report aims to strengthen tribal energy and economic infrastructure to climate change by outlining tribal vulnerabilities on a regional level, and providing recommendations to aid tribes in designing more resilient energy infrastructure and management practices.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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From Tides to Storms: Preparing for New Hampshire's Future Coast - Assessing Risk and Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 2015

Developed by the Rockingham Planning Commission, the Tides to Storms project worked with 7 coastal communities in New Hampshire (Seabrook, Hampton Falls, Hampton, North Hampton, Rye, New Castle, Portsmouth) to assess their vulnerability to flooding from storm surge and sea-level rise. A regional vulnerability assessment was developed, as well as an assessment report and map set were prepared for each of the seven coastal municipalities. Each assessment considers risks to roadways and supporting transportation infrastructure, critical facilities and infrastructure, and natural resources.

Related Organizations: Rockingham Planning Commission

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Tribal Energy Systems Vulnerability to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September 2015

This report from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy assesses climate change and extreme weather impacts on tribal energy infrastructure and systems in the U.S. It includes information about the impacts from climate change and extreme weather events on both onsite and offsite tribally owned and non-tribally owned energy infrastructure. 

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Weathering the Next Storm: A Closer Look at Business Resilience

September 2015

Weathering the Next Storm from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is a comprehensive overview of the state of climate risk assessment and resilience planning within the business community, and provides business resilience strategies for climate change vulnerabilities. The report identifies various approaches companies are using to address climate risks, examines challenges in managing and reporting those risks, and offers strategies for climate risk management within the private sector.

Related Organizations: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet Peace, Katy Maher

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