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The Bottom Line on Climate Change - Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas

July 30, 2015

This report was developed by the Risky Business Project, whose mission is to quantify the economic risks to the U.S. from unmitigated climate change. This report focuses on the Southeast and Texas and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this region based on current climate projections through 2100.

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The Ethics of Traditional Knowledge Exchange in Climate Change Initiatives

July 31, 2015

This essay from the Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup (CTKW) makes the case that climate scientists, academics, policymakers, and others working with tribes to utilize traditional knowledges, need guidelines for ethical conduct for using this knowledge. The essay recognizes traditional knowledges as beneficial to climate change because of indigenous peoples’ unique knowledge of the environment but comments that there are opportunities for abuse.

Related Organizations: The Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup

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Arizona DOT Resilience Pilot Program

August 2015

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is pursuing a “Resilience Pilot Program” (RPP) to improve data and modeling with the aim of reducing incidents of flood, hydraulic-related failure, and extreme weather damage to critical transportation infrastructure. A key element to the new RPP is a partnership with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). Leveraging USGS’s resources, the RPP is currently testing new technology such as fixed-wing drone, quad-copter hovercraft and ground based LiDAR imaging to better assess the siting, design, and construction of ADOT’s assets where they interchange with rivers, stream, creeks and floodplains.

Related Organizations: Arizona Department of Transportation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Sacramento Region Transportation Adaptation Plan and Regional Transportation Plan

August 2015

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) developed a high-level vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan (“Adaptation Plan”) for the region’s transportation infrastructure, and is using the plan as a framework to guide future adaptation work and inform planning for transportation investments. The initial findings from the Adaptation Plan are being incorporated into the region’s 2016 long-range transportation plan update. The Adaptation Plan looks at risks to transportation from four primary climate-related threats to the region: extreme temperature; wildfire; precipitation, runoff, and flooding; and landslides.

Related Organizations: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

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Heat and Social Inequity in the United States

August 2015

This interactive website provides a series of maps depicting the vulnerability of each county in the U.S. to heat as a result of climate change. Drawing on global climate models and socioeconomic metrics, these maps allow for county-level analysis of heat risk and can be used to bolster community engagement and preparedness planning. 

Related Organizations: Four Twenty Seven

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Washington DC: Targeting Urban Heat Islands

August 2015

This case study discusses how Washington DC is preparing for the impacts of climate change including sea-level rise, increasing flood risks, and heat waves. The case study explores how District agencies integrated considerations of climate change when developing the city's Sustainable DC plan, which was developed through an interagency working group.  This effort spurred the development of a city-wide vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan.  The case study also explores the District’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands by making grants to pilot the use of cool roofs, implementing the Smart Roof Initiative to retrofit District-owned buildings, and adopting of a new Green Building Code.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework (2015)

August 2015

The Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning framework was developed to help community-based organizations define and build climate resilience, while meaningfully engaging vulnerable and impacted communities. The framework advocates advancing democratic practices at the local and regional levels, describes the principles and practices defining this emergent field, and offers resources for community-based institutions implementing community-driven planning processes. A new version of this resource has been published.

Related Organizations: Movement Strategy Center

Author or Affiliated User: Rosa González

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Adaptation Action Areas Guidebook: A Planning Guidebook for Florida's Local Government

August 2015

This Guidebook is designed for local governments of coastal communities in Florida interested in integrating Adaptation Action Areas (AAAs) into policy and operational frameworks. Adopted into the Florida Statute in 2011 through the Community Planning Act, an “Adaptation Action Area” is an optional designation within a local government comprehensive plan for areas that experience coastal flooding and sea-level rise - for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

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Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure

August 2015

The Coastal Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Task Force of the National Science and Technology Council has recommended priority areas of research to support the integration of green infrastructure into coastal resilience planning. This report focuses on the ecosystem services provided by coastal green infrastructure (CGI) and recommends areas for prioritized Federal research to support the integration of CGI.

Related Organizations: National Science and Technology Council

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Here-Now-Us "OWL" Virtual Reality SLR Project

2015

Here. Now. Us. was a project launched in 2015 by the County of Marin, California, Climate Access, and the company Owlized to engage community members of the county to better understand local climate impacts, and begin to formulate solutions. To help visualize local sea level rise, OWL viewfinders were installed along a popular coastal multi-use pathway in Mill Valley, Marin County. These viewfinders are modeled after the classic coin-operated binoculars found at scenic viewpoints, but upgraded with 3D visualizations of how these places can be affected by sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Climate Access

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