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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Arlington, Virginia Watershed Retrofit Study

December 2013

Completed in December, 2013, Arlington County, VA produced a Watershed Retrofit Study and plans with the purpose of strengthening the resiliency of its stormwater management systems to climate change. Arlington developed a County-wide project inventory by surveying all of the County's watersheds to find space for small stormwater facilities. This study informed the City of Arlington’s Stormwater Master Plan, which was adopted in Sept. 2014.

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

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Alaska Highway Study: Groundwater Flow, Permafrost Degradation, and Transportation Infrastructure Stability

2013

The Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, supported a research project to study the effects of groundwater flow on permafrost degradation and resulting road instability. The stability of permafrost below roadways and embankments is increasingly affected by warming surface temperatures caused by climate change, but may also be affected by heat transfer from groundwater flow. Studies have shown that groundwater flow can accelerate permafrost degradation by several orders of magnitude compared to thaw caused by heat transfer from the atmosphere alone.

Related Organizations: University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Climate Risk Assessment for United Kingdom's "High Speed Two" Rail Network

November 2013

The UK Government's proposed design for a new high speed railway between London and points north considered climate change-related risks, including flooding of tracks and overheating in tunnels. The risk assessment report discusses how those risks will be addressed in the proposed design for the project. The proposed project, High Speed Two (HS2), is designed to link eight of Britain’s ten largest cities and increase the capacity of the country’s rail infrastructure. The project is expected to cost 16 billion British pounds, with service to start in 2026.

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Updating Maryland's Sea-Level Rise Projections

June 26, 2013

Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Executive Order on Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction. The 21-member panel reviewed projections from Maryland’s 2008 Climate Action Plan and provided updated recommendations based on new scientific results that can better inform projections of sea level rise for the state.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, Maryland Sea Grant

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald F. Boesch, Larry P. Atkinson, William C. Boicourt, John D. Boon, Donald R. Cahoon, Robert A. Dalrymple, Tal Ezer, Benjamin P. Horton, Zoe P. Johnson, Robert E. Kopp, Ming Li, Richard H. Moss, Adam Parris, Christopher K. Sommerfield

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The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program Through 2100

June 12, 2013

This report prepared by AECOM was commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to analyze potential long-term effects of  climate change on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Through this study, FEMA hopes to understand the potential impact of climate change on the financial strength of the NFIP, and recommend options to increase the NFIP’s viability. The climate change impact assessment includes all 50 states, as well as consideration of the U. S. territories, where attention was given primarily to areas of greatest population and the largest inventory of at-risk properties.

Related Organizations: Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) Climate Risk Information 2013 - Observations, Climate Change Projections, and Maps

June 11, 2013

On June 11, 2013, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) released this report to present the latest climate science information and analyses of the risks facing New York City. This climate risk information is designed to inform community rebuilding plans, and help to increase current and future resiliency of communities, citywide systems and infrastructure to a range of climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), City of New York, New York

Authors or Affiliated Users: C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki (Eds.)

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State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change: Rating the States

November 2013

In accordance with federal law, all states must have an approved statewide hazard mitigation plan (SHMP) in order to receive federal disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 50-state survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated into existing plans, with all states categorized and ranked. The SHMPs analyzed were all approved by FEMA during the period 2010 to 2012, with the exceptions of Indiana (the latest version available was from 2008), New Hampshire and Vermont (the 2013 draft versions were used).

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Author or Affiliated User: Matthew Babcock

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Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change (2013)

October 29, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts' Mayor Thomas M. Menino administration’s report 'Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change' identifies ways in which the City has and will prepare for the impacts of climate change on municipal operations. The report presents the assessments and key findings of Boston's Climate Preparedness Task Force. Short- and long-term vulnerabilities were examined for the City's sectors: Facilities and Capital Planning, Transportation and Water Infrastructure, Neighborhoods, and Public Health and Heat.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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