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Creating Resilient Water Utilities Initiative (CRWU)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (formally Climate Resilient Water Utilities - CRWU) initiative to assist water and wastewater utilities in preparing for climate change. CRWU offers a suite of tools and resources to promote the understanding of climate science, associated risks to the water sector, and pertinent adaptation options for utilities and communities to implement. EPA designed the CRWU resources to translate complex climate projections into usable formats - to assist in building a more resilient water sector.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool)

The EPA developed the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool) to assist those interested in planning and facilitating tabletop exercises that focus on Water Sector-related issues.

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

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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) - Regional Models

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Climate Working Group created and maintains regional, down-scaled global climate models to demonstrate how Wisconsin's climate has been changing and project how it might change in the years to come. A number of methods have been developed to derive detailed regional and local climate data in order to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change by incorporating landscape features, water bodies, or other characteristics that may influence regional or local climate into global models.

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program

NOAA's Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) funding program provides leadership and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities that bring interdisciplinary science to bear on climate-sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions.

Related Organizations: NOAA Climate Program Office

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

This website from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a synthesis of climate science in the Pacific Region, including separate pages for the Pacific Northwest and for the Pacific Islands.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Climate Impacts Group (CIG), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)

JAWRA is a publication on multidisciplinary water resources issues. JAWRA papers present ideas derived from multiple disciplines woven together to give insight into a critical water issue, or are based primarily upon a single discipline with important applications to other disciplines. Papers often cover the topics of recent AWRA conferences such as riparian ecology, geographic information systems, adaptive management, and water policy.  .

Related Organizations: American Water Resources Association

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Learn More About Climate - Climate Change and Colorado's Future

An initiative of CU-Boulder's Office for University Outreach in the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, LearnMoreAboutClimate.colorado.edu seeks to 1) extend the University's vast scientific expertise to raise awareness about climate change; 2) inspire an informed dialogue about climate change among Coloradans; and 3) encourage Coloradans to make lifestyle changes that contribute to the health of our state and planet.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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