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Adaptation Pathways 1.0: A Guide for Navigating Sea-Level Rise in the Built Environment

August 25, 2016

This report summarizes a May 2016 Sea-Level Rise Summit organized by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University. The goal of the Summit was to produce a first generation roadmap for adaptation, by translating knowledge and ideas into action. The resulting "Adaptation Pathways" - found in Section III of this report - synthesize the Summit’s dominant themes into sea-level rise resilience strategies.

Related Organizations: Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

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Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program Strategic Plan Update: 2016-2021

August 31, 2016

In 2011, the Michigan Department of Community Health released their first strategic adaptation plan for 2010-2015, providing the foundation for moving climate and health adaptation planning forward in Michigan. The Strategic Plan Update retains the original plan’s goals, tracks progress, and offers new strategies for the 2016-2021 period. The Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program (MICHAP) will be cooperating in CDC’s Climate and Health Adaptation and Monitoring Program (CHAMP), and strategies have been updated according to the CHAMP requirements.

Related Organizations: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lorraine Cameron, Aaron Ferguson

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National Drought Resilience Partnership Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

August 31, 2016

The Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is a progress report from the federal agencies of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP). The report highlights the Partnership's accomplishments to date against the President’s Climate Action Plan, and provides an overview of some federal actions on drought response since 2009.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change and the Energy Sector: DOE Guide for Climate Change Resilience Planning

September 2016

From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U. S. energy sector. The report provides step-wise guidance to building a vulnerability assessment framework and a subsequent resilience plan for electric utility assets and operations. The guide highlights a number of available tools, projections, sample metrics, and completed assessments to support planners in identifying risks, evaluating options, and developing effective plans.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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FHWA Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) Study

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) study is designed to help identify best engineering practices for evaluating project-specific vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and extreme weather events, and for developing adaptation solutions to address those vulnerabilities. The study helps to address the challenges that engineers face in translating climate science into project-level design specifications, by developing solutions and methodologies that engineers across the country can apply when planning and designing projects in different project contexts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

Related Organizations: Jefferson Center, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Kent County, Maryland Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report

September 2016

This report summarizes the climate change impacts occurring in Kent County, Maryland, and recommends adaptation actions for increasing the resilience of residents, county facilities, and operations.  The report includes a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Kent County which finds that climate change is increasing the risk of localized natural hazards. The assessment describes current and projected climate change impacts including heat, precipitation, sea level rise, and flooding in the region.

Related Organizations: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Kent County, Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Vermont Climate and Health Profile Report: Building Resilience against Climate Change in Vermont

September 2016

The Vermont Department of Health completed a comprehensive assessment of public health impacts of climate change, as a step toward furthering development of public health adaptation strategies for the state. The report summarizes climate trends and future projections for Vermont; synthesizes the health impacts of climate change, and evaluates the public health threat posed by each exposure in the context of Vermont-specific climate projections. The work is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and utilizes the process as defined in the CDC’s Building Resilience against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework.

Related Organizations: Vermont Department of Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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2016 City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Assessment

September 2016

The City of Imperial Beach is a mostly residential community located in San Diego County, California. With 1. 5 miles of coastline and waterbodies adjacent to three sides of the city, Imperial Beach is vulnerable to climate change-induced sea-level rise and flooding. This assessment projects sea-level rise along the coastline, assesses the associated risks to coastal resources and development, and evaluates adaptation strategies. Proposed near-term policy approaches include updating the zoning code with hazard zone overlays, developing a beach management plan, and working with state and federal partners to address vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: City of Imperial Beach, California

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California Climate Adaptation Storybook

2016

The California Natural Resources Agency’s Climate Change Team designed the Climate Adaptation Storybook with input from community leaders, scientists, government officials, and artists specifically for people who are not yet very familiar with climate adaptation. The 20-page storybook highlights projects and policies, ranging from educational programs to loan funding, to help communities and decision-makers envision the future. Fourteen projects from across the state highlights ways to address food security, drought relief, water efficiency programs, loan programs for rural communities, cool roofs in cities, and more.

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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