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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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Oregon Climate and Health Social Vulnerability Assessment

October 2015

The Oregon Climate and Health Program developed this social vulnerability assessment to inform climate resilience and adaptation planning in Oregon. It focuses specifically on social vulnerability as a way to integrate the concepts of social determinants and environmental justice into long-term planning. This first edition is a set of maps focused on social vulnerability indicators, and is limited to measures of population sensitivity.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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When You Can’t Go Home - the Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina

August 18, 2015

This issue brief by the Center for American Progress discusses how climate change and extreme weather events are contributing to an increase in the displacement of Americans from their homes and communities. The article reviews the impacts of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 including the effects of displacement of 1. 5 million people in the region; and describes the thousands more people that have been displaced by other extreme weather disasters. The analysis recommends several steps that policymakers can take to find and assist climate-displaced people, highlighting the compounded impacts on vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Danielle Baussan

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Miami-Dade in Hot Water: Why Building Equitable Climate Resilience is Key to Public Health and Economic Stability in South Florida

January 2016

This Center for American Progress report analyzes many of the climate change vulnerabilities facing Miami-Dade County, Florida, with a focus on the county’s lowest-income residents. The report provides broad policy recommendations for the county to help combat the effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Madeleine Boel

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Rhode Island Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise

2016/2017

A project from the Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning, Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise (SLR) identifies the demographic and socioeconomic makeup of the communities located within multiple sea level rise inundation scenarios in Rhode Island. Serving as a resource in sea level rise planning, the Division suggests that data included in this project can be used for capital improvement planning, transportation planning, and overall long-range planning in communities.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island State Planning Program

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Drought and Equity in California

January 9, 2017

Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the five-year and ongoing drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. Three major impacts of the drought are the focus of the report, including water supply shortages, drought charges and water affordability, and the drought impacts on salmon fisheries. The Pacific Institute finds that water shortages and price increases affected access to safe, affordable water for Californians, with the most severe impacts on several vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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One Storm Shy of Despair: A Climate-Smart Plan for the Administration to Help Low-Income Communities

July 17, 2014

This Center for American Progress report assesses how low-income communities in the U.S. are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change effects. The report offers recommendations for policymakers to build community resilience to extreme weather events, environmental hazards, and economic security for low-income communities.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Cathleen Kelly

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Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California

July 2012

The objective of this project was to identify geographic areas within California with heightened risk to projected climate change impacts, to be applied as a guide to policymakers and affected communities on where to focus climate adaptation efforts. This study from the Pacific Institute addresses social vulnerability, or the susceptibility of a given community to harm, to climate change across the state. 

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency, Pacific Institute, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Eli Moore, Matthew Heberger, Lucy Allen

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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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