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Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate 

July 2018

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) researched the impact of sea level rise tidal flooding on coastal real estate, for the entire coastline of the lower 48 states. The study identified the number of residential and commercial properties at risk of chronic inundation, including the total current property value, estimated population, and property tax base affected. UCS determines that some coastal real estate markets will not likely recover under high future GHG emissions scenarios in which sea levels rise greatly; and the number of properties facing chronic inundation is much reduced under low emissions scenarios.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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NOAA 2017 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2018 Outlook

June 6, 2018

NOAA has produced this annual update of the state of coastal high tide flooding every year since 2014. This type of flooding occurs when water levels measured at NOAA tide gauges exceed heights based on the national flooding thresholds that are released in February by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. This report updates high tide flood frequencies during 2017 (based on the meteorological year: May 2017-April 2018) at 98 NOAA tide gauges, and provides a statistical outlook for 2018 (May 2018 - April 2019).

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service

May 21, 2018

From the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service, this report describes how climate change and associated sea level rise and storm surge can affect coastal U. S. National Park infrastructure, facilities, and resources. This analysis provides sea level rise projections for 118 park units and storm surge projections for 79 of those parks - from which storm surge maps for each site are included. These results are intended to inform adaptation planning for coastal parks and resources managed by the National Park Service.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), University of Colorado

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Indicators of Climate Change in California

May 9, 2018

This report presents 36 indicators tracking trends in climate change and climate impacts on California's environment and people. Form the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), this third edition report updates the 2009 and 2013 version.  The report is a resource intended for decision-makers, scientists, educators, and the public - and brings scientific analysis to inform climate mitigation and adaptation decision-making.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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Minnesota Climate Adaptation Framework and Menu of Climate Adaptation Strategies

May 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is working with the organization paleBLUEdot and other agencies to provide assessment services and funding for 23 cities throughout Minnesota to identify climate-vulnerable populations, resilience indicators, and strategies to reduce climate risks. The report includes a climate adaptation Goals for local communities across Minnesota, as well as a comprehensive list of adaptation strategies.   The project initiates the development of adaptation implementation plans for these communities to conserve resources, prioritize cost and benefit balanced strategies, and protect the most vulnerable populations from climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada: California's Water Future

April 4, 2018

From UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, this report describes the findings on how climate change will impact the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the water cycle in the Sierra, and the larger implications for California's water resources. The project primarily focused on changes in climate averages: average springtime temperatures, snowpack at April 1st, and timing of runoff.

Related Organizations: UCLA Center for Climate Science

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Conserving California’s Coastal Habitats - A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise

March 15, 2018

The Nature Conservancy in California and the California State Coastal Conservancy collaborated on this sea level rise vulnerability assessment of California’s coastal habitats, imperiled species, and conservation lands. This study is the first of its kind to assess the sea level rise vulnerability of all coastal habitats along the entire coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Vulnerability results were used to develop key strategies to protect coastal habitats and at-risk species from sea level rise and other stressors, as well as determine new priority areas to preserve these habitats.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California State Coastal Conservancy

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County of San Mateo, California Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

March 13, 2018

San Mateo County, California is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise as it is bound by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. This comprehensive 200+ page sea level rise vulnerability assessment offers a highly detailed analysis of the current and future coastal flooding and erosion risks for the County in terms of various sectors and networked infrastructure including critical infrastructure assets, impacts on human mental and physical health, vulnerable populations, and natural communities and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: San Mateo County, California

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Help Us Improve the Adaptation Clearinghouse

March 2018

Help us continue to improve this important resource by responding to a brief survey about the Adaptation Clearinghouse. The Georgetown Climate Center launched a new and improved version of our Adaptation Clearinghouse in July 2016. Your feedback will help us know what is working well and how we can better support the efforts of the adaptation community. .

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