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Changing Tides: How Sea-level Rise Harms Wildlife and Recreation Economies Along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard

August 15, 2016

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), “Changing Tides” delineates the risks of sea-level rise to wildlife, recreation, and local economies by outlining key impacts in 15 eastern U.S. states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. NWF also offers policy solutions for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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U.S. Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas

July 27, 2016

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has analyzed the exposure and vulnerability of coast military installations to tidal flooding and sea level rise through the end of the century. 18 East and Gulf Coast sites in Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington D. C. were selected to be representative of coastal installations nationwide in terms of size, geographic distribution and military branch. US Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas includes an executive summary, a two-page fact sheet, and individual fact sheets for each of the 18 bases.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Maryland Coastal Resiliency Assessment

March 2016

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Chesapeake and Coastal Services to conduct a Statewide Coastal Resiliency Assessment. The study identified areas where natural habitats provide the greatest potential hazard risk reduction hazards for Maryland’s coastal communities, and determined priority areas for coastal conservation and restoration activities. Habitats play a large role in risk reduction for coastal community resiliency in Maryland such as greatly reducing the impacts of climate impacted coastal hazards such as sea level rise and storm surge.

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Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget

June 2016

As requested by the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, this report analyzes the relationship between climate change and increased hurricane damage. In its analysis, CBO estimates annual federal spending for relief and recovery as a percentage of expected hurricane damage. It identifies three different strategies to help reduce the burden on federal aid: limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shifting more costs to state and local governments and private entities, and investing in structural changes to reduce vulnerability to hurricanes.

Related Organizations: Congressional Budget Office

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Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 17 (HEC-17)

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manual Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience provides technical guidance to assist transportation agencies in assessing vulnerabilities of assets and facilities to climate change and extreme events occurring in riverine environments. It includes new information on how to account for changing precipitation conditions including more frequent and extreme weather events that may affect transportation infrastructure and drainage systems in riverine environments, consisting of rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, and other natural features conveying water.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Climate Ready Boston - Climate Change Sea Level Rise Projections for Boston

June 1, 2016

The City of Boston commissioned the Climate Ready Boston report to create a baseline understanding of how Boston will be influenced by climate change that can be used for comprehensive planning and  generating solutions for resilient infrastructure in the short and long-term. The report uses various emissions scenarios to create an array of projections for how climate change will affect Boston throughout the century.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Green Ribbon Commission

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Puyallup Tribe Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

2016

The Pullayup Tribe of Indians, from the Puget Sound area of Washington State, have completed a climate impact assessment and adaptation strategy for the natural resources in the area on which they depend. This report combines the latest climate knowledge for the region with input from Tribal staff and members, and presents primary projected climate impacts for the Tribe and surrounding ecosystems, as well as strategic actions to build climate resilience. 

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Supporting Local Climate Change Adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go

May 31, 2016

Local governments are on the front line of efforts to address climate-related impacts. Recognizing this, there is a growing movement to develop and deliver tools, resources, and services to support local communities’ climate adaptation initiatives. There is, however, limited understanding of what specific types of resources exist and how well these resources match the needs of local practitioners.

Related Organizations: Climate Resilience Fund, University of Michigan

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Nordgren, Missy Stults, Sara Meerow

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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