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USGCRP Strategic Plan 2016: The National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021 - A Triennial Update

January 2017

The U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Strategic Plan serves as the guiding document for USGCRP through 2021, and this report updates the Program priorities as of 2016. The report summarizes USGCRP’s progress in implementing the Strategic Plan since 2012, and outlines USGCRPS’s primary goals and correlated objectives in interagency research priority areas.  USGCRP’s dual mission is to both advance fundamental science and support its use by decision makers - so the report is written for both scientific and decision-maker audiences.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Professional Societies and Climate Change

January 2017

This report provides an analysis of how urban-focused professional societies are integrating  climate change into their member engagement activities. The results indicate that most urban-focused professional societies in the United States are working to educate their members on climate change issues, but few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit consideration of social justice.

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Missy Stults, Sara Meerow

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

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Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR3)

January 2017

The Third Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR3) released in January 2017 summarizes current climate change science and impacts for Oregon, while building on the previous assessment reports from 2010 and 2013. The legislatively mandated report was produced by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University in response to Oregon House Bill 3543 - “Global Warming Actions” - which requires a bi-annual assessment to the Legislative Assembly and Governor by the Research Institute with the likely effects of climate change on the state.

Related Organizations: Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Meghan M. Dalton, Kathie D. Dello, Linnia Hawkins, Philip W. Mote, David E. Rupp

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Vermont Flood Ready Atlas

The Vermont Flood Ready Atlas is an online mapping tool that offers community to watershed level data and visualizes the risk of localized flooding in Vermont. The Atlas identifies local watersheds and provides a view of the extent of natural flood protection provided by Vermont’s forests, wetlands, floodplains and river corridors.

Related Organizations: State of Vermont

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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California Climate Change and Health Profile Reports

2017

The CalBRACE (California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) Project of the California Department of Public Health (DPH) developed 58 Climate Change and Health Profile Reports – one for each county in the state. The reports outline climate projections for extreme heat, sea level rise, wildfires, drought and air quality, as well as climate related health risks and indicators for social vulnerability.  Adaptation strategies are outlined for each county also, to address these public health impacts.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators for California

2017

The Climate Change and Health Equity Program of the California Department of Public Health developed Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators for California.  The indicators can help communities and local decision makers to better understand the populations that are more at risk for climate change induced or exacerbated health impacts. DPH suggests that the indicators can be used to screen and prioritize public health action to increase resilience. There are 21 indicators, organized into three domains: environmental exposures, population sensitivity, and adaptive capacity.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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Greening Your Community through Cost-Effective LID

This series of five fact sheets explain Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), and sustainable design in order to help communities understand and adopt smart land use. This information describes how LID and GI not only help to manage stormwater and improve groundwater supplies, but also can reduce flooding, improve water quality, lower maintenance costs, and increase property values. MassAudubon suggests that preserving existing GI is a first line of defense against climate impacts such as increased storm intensities, while achieving long-term cost savings.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Audubon Society

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Reanalyzer

Climate Reanalyzer is a public platform for visualizing climate and weather datasets. Users can access climate information using interfaces for reanalysis and historical station data; and maps, time series, and correlation analyses can be plotted for gridded models. Station data and model time series can be exported in CSV format for use in spreadsheet software.

Related Organizations: University of Maine Climate Change Institute

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas

2017

From the American Planning Association (APA), this report discusses strategies for using local subdivision ordinances and the site plan review process to enhance flood resilience. Recommendations are given for creating standards that protect natural floodplain function. The report discusses how climate change is increasing flood risks in communities.

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA), Association of State Floodplain Managers

Author or Affiliated User: James Schwab

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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