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Adapting to Rising Tides Program: Preserving Shoreline Parks in the Face of Climate Change

September 2015

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s (BCDC) Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program supports climate adaptation planning across ten shoreline counties in the San Francisco Bay area of California. This report focuses on the East Bay Regional Park District’s (EBRPD) shoreline parks in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The ART Program staff worked with EBRPD staff to assess the vulnerability and risk for all EBRPD shoreline parks. The report describes the current condition of those parks the demographics of the populations EBRPD serves, the vulnerability and risks for shoreline parks due to climate change, potential adaptation responses, and recommendations for building shoreline park resilience.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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Heat in U.S. Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change

August 31, 2015

This paper from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law addresses how increased temperatures and heat waves caused by climate change affect prisons, jails, and their staff and inmate populations. Recommendations are offered for what correctional departments can do to prepare for greater heat and minimize the dangers it poses.  

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

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When You Can’t Go Home - the Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina

August 18, 2015

This issue brief by the Center for American Progress discusses how climate change and extreme weather events are contributing to an increase in the displacement of Americans from their homes and communities. The article reviews the impacts of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 including the effects of displacement of 1. 5 million people in the region; and describes the thousands more people that have been displaced by other extreme weather disasters. The analysis recommends several steps that policymakers can take to find and assist climate-displaced people, highlighting the compounded impacts on vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

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Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure

August 2015

The Coastal Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Task Force of the National Science and Technology Council has recommended priority areas of research to support the integration of green infrastructure into coastal resilience planning. This report focuses on the ecosystem services provided by coastal green infrastructure (CGI) and recommends areas for prioritized Federal research to support the integration of CGI.

Related Organizations: National Science and Technology Council

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The Bottom Line on Climate Change - Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas

July 30, 2015

This report was developed by the Risky Business Project, whose mission is to quantify the economic risks to the U.S. from unmitigated climate change. This report focuses on the Southeast and Texas and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this region based on current climate projections through 2100.

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NOAA State of the Climate Reports

This database produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides reports of climate-related data on the national and global scales which are updated monthly. Monthly Climate Updates from NOAA occur the third Thursday of each month, wherein NOAA climate and weather experts review key findings from the national and global State of the Climate reports. These reports are aggregated and summarized in the Summary Information section each month. The reports include data, analysis, tables, charts, infographics, and supplementary materials.

Related Organizations: National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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State of the Climate 2014

July 16, 2015

The "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, it provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space. The State of the Climate report is compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information and is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Recommendations for assessing the effects of the DOI Hurricane Sandy Mitigation and Resilience Program on ecological system and infrastructure resilience in the Northeast coastal region

June 2015

This report presents metrics for assessing the resilience of natural and artificial coastal features most affected by Hurricane Sandy along the Northeast coast - such as beaches, dunes, wetlands, and grey and green infrastructure. The focal coastal ecological and infrastructure assets identified are Department of the Interior (DOI) funded projects as implemented through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. The report establishes a set of ecological performance metrics for detecting changes in resilience resulting from the project actions, and provides recommendations for completing an assessment of how DOI projects have affected the resilience of the Northeastern coast.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery

June 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a pilot project to assess climate change vulnerability of the Central Artery and Tunnel System (CA/T) for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 - 2015. Through sea level rise and storm surge modeling for Boston, the study found that this critical transportation system is highly vulnerable to flooding. The pilot team developed adaptation strategies for current and future implementation, and initiated an emergency response plan for tunnel protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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New York State Department of Health Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) in New York State

June 2015

In June 2015, The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) undertook a climate and health adaptation planning process known as BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects), a result of a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010. The creation of this report fulfills the first of five steps of the CDC’s BRACE framework - to forecast climate impacts and assess vulnerabilities. The report reviews an assessment of the projected climate-related public health impacts in New York, and provides public health resilience strategies and recommendations for NYSDOH.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Health

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