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Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

August 2015

This report was developed to help Rhode Island local governments assess vulnerabilities to natural hazards, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and prepare implementable coastal adaptation strategies. Strategies derived from this process can be included in local planning documents, and used to prioritize adaptation investments through local transportation and capital improvement programs. The stepwise approach described in the report was piloted in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and is intended to provide a model for other municipalities in the state.

Related Organizations: University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant

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Climate Change Adaptation for Pavements - FHWA TechBrief

August 2015

This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TechBrief summarizes potential impacts of climate change on asphalt and concrete pavement systems and adaptation strategies that transportation agencies might pursue to limit impacts on these systems. The brief indicates that most of the research to date on climate change implications for pavements has been general, but efforts have grown to integrate climate change considerations into pavement design and to predict performance of pavements based on climate scenarios.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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San Bruno Creek and Colma Creek Resiliency Study - San Francisco International Airport

August 2015

This resiliency study describes the vulnerability assessment and sea level rise adaptation strategies for two creek systems - San Bruno and Colma - that flow into San Francisco Bay adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Mateo County, California. SFO - a critical component of the Bay Area economy - and residential neighborhoods within the lower reaches of the San Bruno Creek and Colma Creek watersheds (Project Area) are at risk of severe flooding from these two creeks due to sea level rise.

Related Organizations: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California State Coastal Conservancy

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Preparing for the Next Storm: How a Grant Will Help Detroit Fight Blight and Floods

August 7, 2015

The City of Detroit, Michigan government received an $8. 9 million grant in 2015 from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Sanction Fund. Detroit plans to use the grant to demolish blighted homes and use vacant lots to reduce flooding through stormwater control, which could become more common with climate change. This grant is particularly significant, because it is the first time Detroit was eligible to receive additional federal funding  due to its history of mismanaging federal funds.

Related Organizations: City of Detroit, MI

Author or Affiliated User: Adriane Davis

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Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws: A Survey of Current Practices and Recommendations for Model Protocols

August 12, 2015

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has developed a set of model protocols for assessing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar state and local laws, including those for environmental impact assessments (EIAs). This paper summarizes the legal and empirical research used for the development of these protocols.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Wentz

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Coastal Commission: 2015 Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance

August 12, 2015

The California Coastal Commission Adopted Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance was released in 2015, and amended with a Science Update in 2018. The Guidance document offers an overview of the best available science on sea level rise for California, coastal adaptation strategies, and recommended methodology for addressing sea level rise in Coastal Commission planning and regulatory actions.

Related Organizations: California Coastal Commission

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Model Protocols for Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws

August 14, 2015

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School published these model protocols for government agencies assessing climate change impacts to determine categorical exclusions (CEs), and while preparing environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). The protocols recommend a precautionary approach to assessing and disclosing impacts and suggest evaluating and disclosing climate change impacts when conducting environmental reviews, using multiple projection scenarios when assessing potential impacts of climate change, having appropriate scope and depth of analysis for the magnitude of risk of a project, and assessing climate impacts in the contexts of a future baseline, the purpose and need of a project, and the potential vulnerability of a project to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

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Adaptation Workbook: A Climate Change Tool for Forest Management and Conservation

Created by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this resource is used to create detailed land management adaptation plans customized to a user’s property. The structured process considers the potential effects of climate change on forest ecosystems and outlines conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The interactive and self-guided Workbook is compatible for a wide range of geographic locations, scales, forest types, management goals, and ownership types; it can be used by forest and natural resource managers as well as any landowner with knowledge about local ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Michigan Technological University, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

Developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study discusses how the City of Austin, Texas agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a climate adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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