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Maine Department of Transportation – Bridge Scour Management

Recognizing that climate change will cause changes in precipitation and stream flow, the state of Maine has taken several steps to evaluate the vulnerability of its bridges to scour and implement corrective actions to safeguard those most critical. Among the transportation infrastructure adaptation policies recommended in Maine DOT’s report Climate Change and Transportation in Maine were two scour-related goals: inspecting all bridges at least every two years, and conducting underwater inspections for scour and structural integrity every 60 months.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Transportation, State of Maine

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Dallas Urban Heat Island

March 2009

This report describes urban heat island effects on Dallas, Texas, and options that could be implemented to help reduce these effects. It summarizes the goals, costs, benefits, actions, and incentives that Dallas has available to cool the city. These include: (1) expanded use and care of trees and vegetation, (2) cool (reflective) and green roofs, and (3) cool or permeable paving strategies that can help cool the city and address storm water issues.

Related Organizations: Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

March 2009

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides grants to commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to improve the sustainability of Toronto's infrastructure and its resilience to climate change. Financial incentives are provided for the construction of green roofs that support vegetation and cool roofs that reflect the sun's thermal energy. Launched in 2009, the program supports the City's Climate Change Action Plan and complements the City's 'Green Roof Bylaw' and the 'Green Standard' by encouraging owners of existing buildings to retrofit their roofs.

Related Organizations: City of Toronto; Ontario, Canada

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Green Infrastructure for Los Angeles: Addressing Urban Runoff and Water Supply through Low Impact Development

April 17, 2009

This report was designed to help the City of Los Angeles use low impact development (LID) techniques to address water quality, flood control, and climate change issues. LID is a strategy for managing stormwater runoff that uses natural drainage features to capture and filter urban runoff. From an environmental standpoint, LID reduces water pollution, replenishes aquifers, and encourages water reuse. From an adaptation standpoint, LID reduces stress on water supply and can provide shade trees, helping to reduce urban heat islands.

Related Organizations: City of Los Angeles, California

Author or Affiliated User: Haan-Fawn Chau

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

June 2009

Leveraging prior U. S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Jason C. Price

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Society

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Society' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to society in the U. S. The chapter emphasizes several key messages: population shifts and development choices are making more Americans vulnerable to the expected impacts of climate change; vulnerability is greater for those who have few resources and few choices; city residents and city infrastructure have unique vulnerabilities to climate change; climate change affects communities through changes in climate-sensitive resources that occur both locally and at great distances; and that the insurance industry is particularly vulnerable to increasing extreme weather events such as severe storms, but it can also help society manage the risks.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Land-Use Scenarios: National-Scale Housing-Density Scenarios Consistent with Climate Change Storylines

June 2009

Climate and land-use change are major components of global environmental change with feedbacks between these components. The consequences of these interactions show that land-use may exacerbate or alleviate climate-change effects. Based on these findings it is important to use land-use scenarios that are consistent with the specific assumptions underlying climate change scenarios.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance

December 2009

This paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), is focused on flooding impacts in the U. S. as a result of climate change, and in particular, the increases in severity and frequency of hurricanes. The authors examine potential issues that may arise from climate change given the rising population density in coastal regions and the expected volatility of weather patterns. The report also provides an overview of the risks and impediments to effective insurance markets in the face of climate change and outlines the need for and advantages of long-term insurance planning.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan

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City of Biloxi, Mississippi's 2009 Comprehensive Plan

December 2009

In 2009, the City of Biloxi, Mississippi, updated its 2020 Comprehensive Plan to reflect a new vision of Biloxi as a “prosperous, resilient city for the 21st century. ” Hurricane Katrina highlighted the city’s land use vulnerabilities and development challenges. In the land-use chapter (ch. 3) the plan discusses potential impacts from climate change, including an anticipated rise in sea levels of between 2 to 4 feet, increasingly intense storms, and more heavy downpour events.  Further, the plan identifies sea-level rise and warming ocean temperatures as a threat to wetlands, aquatic ecosystems, and indigenous tree cover.

Related Organizations: City of Biloxi, Mississippi

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Community-Based Conservation in Tucson’s Rincon Heights Neighborhood

December 2009

A Community-Based Conservation green infrastructure program was implemented in Tucson, Arizona’s Rincon Heights neighborhood by the Watershed Management Group (WMG) and the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association (RHNA). 

Related Organizations: Watershed Management Group (Phoenix, AZ)

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