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Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities

December 2011

The Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities, created by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides a visual representation using a map interface of hurricane strike frequency and worst-case coastal storm surge inundation scenarios (Storm surge inundation refers to the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides). This map aims to illuminate historical trends in coastal storm surges and flooding, in order to aid decision-makers tasked with improving coastal resiliency and emergency preparedness.

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Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Google Real-Time Road Closure Maps

September 2011

The Google Crisis Response Team and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) partnered to develop a real-time road closure map for Vermont in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. This tool provided information on the location and severity of damaged infrastructure so that state government agencies and the public could safely and efficiently navigate Vermont’s roads, and manage the damage in the aftermath of the storm.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Google.org

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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The City of Lewes, Delaware Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Action Plan

June 2011

The City of Lewes, Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware Sea Grant and ICLEI ‐ Local Governments for Sustainability, initiated the pilot project 'Mitigation and Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change - Planning and Building Resilient Coastal Communities' (Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Pilot Project). The overall goal of the project was to further the City’s hazard mitigation work by incorporating climate change and adaptive responses. The project team developed this action plan that aims to improve community sustainability and resilience.

Related Organizations: Delaware Sea Grant, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Degrees of Risk: Defining a Risk Management Framework For Climate Security

February 2011

The implications of current security analysis are clear: unless climate change is limited to levels where its impacts can be managed effectively, and unless successful adaptation programs are implemented, there will be major threats to national and international security. This report addresses the need for countries to develop a comprehensive risk management approach to climate change.

Related Organizations: Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G), The Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Authors or Affiliated Users: Nick Mabey, Jay Gulledge, Bernard Finel, Katherine Silverthorne

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning: Addressing Adaptation During Long-Term Recovery

2011

This report provides guidance to Florida communities on how to incorporate adaptation measures to address sea-level rise impacts into post-disaster redevelopment plans. Developed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Division of Emergency Management, “Addressing Adaptation During Long-Term Recovery” is an addendum to Florida’s Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Guidebook. The Addendum was developed as part of Florida’s Statewide Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative that began in 2007 to provide a process and guidelines to help ensure resilient redevelopment of local communities.

Related Organizations: Palm Beach County, Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Florida Division of Emergency Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Connecticut's 2010 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

December 2010

This 2010 Update to Connecticut's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan expands the 2007 plan to cover years 2010 - 2013. A good example of mainstreaming the consideration of climate change into existing planning efforts, this update discusses the projected impacts of climate change within each of the major sections of the plan addressing hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, precipitation, flooding, droughts, and wildland fires, and their relation to hazard mitigation as a whole.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Adaptation and Federal Megadisaster Policy: Lessons from Katrina

February 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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ABAG San Francisco Bay Area Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

2010

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) 2010 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is hosted on a comprehensive website which includes other information regarding local hazard mitigation planning, interactive maps showing areas at risk due to events such as flooding, wildfire, and landslides (based on historic data), and strategic priorities and actions submitted by individual agencies participating in the Mitigation Plan. The Plan itself identifies natural hazards with the greatest impact to the Bay Area including climate change, flooding, landslides, wildfires and drought.

Related Organizations: Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Mapping Urban Risk: Flood Hazards, Race, and Environmental Justice in New York

January 1, 2009

This paper applies a more nuanced method for mapping population data to estimate the number of people potentially impacted by flood hazards in New York City.  The authors find that the number of people living in the floodplain in New York City is undercounted by traditional mapping methods by 37-72% compared to their method, and that this undercounting was not evenly spread across racial and ethnic groups. The paper also provides a literature review that outlines: why and how various groups of people may be impacted differently by the same disaster event, a review of environmental justice more broadly, and an overview of flood hazards in the U.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Juliana Mantaay, Andrew Maroko

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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