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Heat Island Effect Portal

This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. Look under the "Where You Live" section to see specific strategies and initiatives implemented by states and localities. Strategies fall into four primary categories: cool roofs, cool pavement, green roofs, and urban landscaping. Initiatives are specific policy mechanisms, such as building codes, comprehensive plans, demonstration projects, incentives, landscape ordinances, state implementation plans, and zoning codes.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Climate in the Heartland: Historical Data and Future Projections for the Heartland Regional Network

September 2015

Climate in the Heartland describes projected climate change impacts for five municipalities: Iowa City, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The analysis finds that annual temperatures are projected to increase substantially for each municipality. The average temperature in coming decades will be higher than extremes that have recently occurred on average only once per decade. Additionally, frosts are projected to start later and end earlier for all five municipalities.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Anderson, Jennifer Gooden, Patrick E. Guinan, Mary Knapp, Gary McManus, Martha D. Shulski

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Summer in the City: Hot and Getting Hotter

August 20, 2014

In this report from Climate Central, the combined impacts of climate change and urban heat islands are described, as taken from analysis of 60 of the biggest cities across the U.S. The study looked at how much hotter the urban environments are compared to nearby rural areas, and how these temperature differences have been changing since 1970.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

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Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

2011

'Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network' (ARC3), was the UCCRN’s first major publication, published in 2011. The ARC3 report represents a four year effort by nearly 100 authors from dozens of cities worldwide, and is the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities.

Related Organizations: Urban Climate Change Research Network

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Urban Risk Assessments: Understanding Disaster and Climate Risk in Cities

July 11, 2012

The World Bank produced this framework for conducting climate risk assessments to help cities plan for the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The framework is intended for city decision makers, urban practitioners, and is fitting for use by public, private, and non-governmental entities. It is adaptable to cities of differing financial statuses, population size, hazard and institutional capacities.

Related Organizations: The World Bank, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Dickson, Judy L. Baker, Daniel Hoornweg, Asmita Tiwari

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A Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Atlanta, Georgia

April 23, 2010

This report, a Masters thesis, provides climate change adaptation guidance to local decision makers by identifying vulnerable planning areas within the city and assessing the risks of expected climate impacts. The results of these analyses determined priority objectives for adaptation planning. The report also provides a framework for subsequent adaptation planning phases.

Related Organizations: Duke University

Author or Affiliated User: Amy Morsch

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Corporate Risk Case Study: City of Chicago Climate Change Task Force

July 2008

This 2008 report, commissioned by the City of Chicago, models potential economic impacts of climate change for the city.  The study focused on city infrastructure, key departments, and budgets of the city of Chicago.  The analysis was designed to assist city leadership in adaptation and mitigation planning.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Author or Affiliated User: Oliver Wyman

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Climate Risk Information (New York City)

February 17, 2009

This 2009 report ("the CRI") by the New York City Panel on Climate Change is designed to help New York City decision-makers better understand climate science and the potential consequences for city infrastructure. Mayor Bloomberg convened leading climate change experts to advise the City's Adaptation Force.  This report is one of three reports produced for the Task Force.  This report provides climate change projections for the and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Radley Horton, Megan O'Grady

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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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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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