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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

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Changing Tides: How Sea-level Rise Harms Wildlife and Recreation Economies Along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard

August 15, 2016

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), “Changing Tides” delineates the risks of sea-level rise to wildlife, recreation, and local economies by outlining key impacts in 15 eastern U.S. states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. NWF also offers policy solutions for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 

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A Risk Assessment of California Key Source Watershed Infrastructure

August 16, 2017

This comprehensive assessment of five key watersheds in northeastern California, details the climate risks and watershed restoration and conservation activities needed to improve the long-term quality and security of the state’s water supply. Following California AB 2480 which defined source watersheds as integral to the state’s water infrastructure and therefore eligible for repair and maintenance funding, this report lays out a framework for restoring and maintaining resilient watersheds.

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Rhode Island: Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 28, 2016

From Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, Technical Paper 167: “Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge” analyzes the estimated geographic extent of sea level rise in relation to transportation infrastructure in the state over the next century. The study found that sea level rise presents a major challenge to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure, both via daily tidal flooding of coastal assets, and in making storm surge events more severe.

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Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens the Tri-State Region

December 5, 2016

This report identifies the places in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area that are most at risk of being permanently flooded by sea level rise, and describes the effects of 1, 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise on neighborhoods, employment centers and infrastructure.

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Putting on a Resilience Lens: BoCo Strong Resilience Assessment for Boulder County

December 2016

BoCo Strong uses this county-wide assessment to develop a shared vision of resilience and to better understand the steps that Boulder County, Colorado should take to build resilience. The report defines resilience, outlines a framework to assess if something is resilient, and reviews the challenges and opportunities to build resilience within six sectors: Community, Economy, Health and Social, Housing, Infrastructure, and Natural Environment. The report concludes with cross-sector and sector-specific recommendations to inform work, build partnerships, fill gaps, and increase capacity in the region.

Author or Affiliated User: Karen MacClune

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New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission Final Report: Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation

November 2016

The final report of the New Hampshire Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission details the growing climate risks from sea-level rise, flooding, storm surge, and extreme weather in coastal New Hampshire. The Commission also recommends policy measures for the the state's legislature, state agencies, and coastal municipalities to help reduce vulnerabilities.

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Building Community Resilience in Maricopa County, Arizona

October 2016

In Maricopa County, Arizona - Greater Phoenix area - the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has supported a multi-stakeholder project to build community engagement, social cohesion, and climate resilience. In partnership with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a place-based foundation focused on strengthening Maricopa County, ISC has completed this assessment of community resilience by researching local Social, Economic, and Environmental resilience. In this report, ISC offers a strategic framework to build community resilience in Maricopa, and to help guide the evolution of the Trust’s programming and grant-making in 2016 and beyond.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Adams, Henry McKay, Karina French

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Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 17 (HEC-17)

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manual Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience provides technical guidance to assist transportation agencies in assessing vulnerabilities of assets and facilities to climate change and extreme events occurring in riverine environments. It includes new information on how to account for changing precipitation conditions including more frequent and extreme weather events that may affect transportation infrastructure and drainage systems in riverine environments, consisting of rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, and other natural features conveying water.

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