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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U. S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

Related Organizations: Arup, The Rockefeller Foundation

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The Economic Impact of the 2016 Loma Fire

2017

Developed by Earth Economics and requested by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA), this report offers an assessment of the comprehensive economic impact of the 2016 Loma Fire that occurred in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The report details the cost of lost ecosystem services, and the process of assessing these costs. Earth Economics also provides recommendations for mitigating future fire-related risk. The OSA requested this analysis in order to better understand the true costs of wildfire events, and how management practices and policies can be modified to reduce overall risk as climate change increases the incidence and intensity of wildfire events.

Related Organizations: Earth Economics

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Comparing Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies in San Diego: An Application of the NOAA Economic Framework

June 2017

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative worked with local jurisdictions to analyze the costs and benefits of different coastal resilience strategies in two San Diego, California jurisdictions (the cities of Del Mar and Carlsbad). This report presents the quantified economic value of properties at risk from sea-level rise impacts, and the evaluation of the costs and benefits of a range of adaptation strategies, including protection, accommodation and retreat. The study found that all of the adaptation strategies evaluated had a positive return on investment given sea-level rise projections, some delivering over $70 of benefits for a $1 investment.

Related Organizations: San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

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Planning for Climate Resilience City of Asheville, North Carolina: Phase I Assessment

June 1, 2017

The City of Asheville, North Carolina has identified climate-relate threats and hazards in this assessment to inform Asheville's climate resiliency planning efforts. The city used the information from the Assessment in updating its comprehensive plan, "Living Asheville," which was adopted in June 2018.

Related Organizations: UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), City of Asheville, North Carolina

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A global economic assessment of city policies to reduce climate change impacts

May 29, 2017

This report provides a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. The study was conducted by an international team of economists looking at the combined impact of global and local climate change on urban economies, with a focus on urban heat. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the analysis of 1,692 cities shows that the total economic costs of climate change for cities this century could be 2.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Francisco Estrada, W. J. Wouter Botzen, Richard S. J. Tol

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Climate Change in the Latino Mind

May 2017

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication conducted a national survey of over 2000 Latino adults in the U.S. to determine their thoughts, concerns and engagement with climate change in 2017. The study analyzed results on levels of communication, activism, and desire for change in policy and politics of climate change from Latino’s perspectives.

Related Organizations: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

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Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science

April 2017

This report is a synthesis of the current state of the science on sea-level rise and updated projections for California - produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team, supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust.  The date in this report provides the scientific foundation for updating California’s statewide sea-level rise policy guidance - the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The Guidance documented was updated in 2018 to reflect the recent advances in science around ice loss science and sea-level rise found in this assessment.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change.

Related Organizations: The Center for Responsible Travel

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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