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Performance of Natural Infrastructure and Nature-based Measures as Coastal Risk Reduction Features

September 2015

This report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reviews the state of understanding of the coastal storm and sea level rise risk reduction capacity of various types of natural infrastructure. The summarized information was compiled from existing literature and participant input obtained during an expert workshop held in May 2015. 

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund

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Weathering the Next Storm: A Closer Look at Business Resilience

September 2015

Weathering the Next Storm from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is a comprehensive overview of the state of climate risk assessment and resilience planning within the business community, and provides business resilience strategies for climate change vulnerabilities. The report identifies various approaches companies are using to address climate risks, examines challenges in managing and reporting those risks, and offers strategies for climate risk management within the private sector.

Related Organizations: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet Peace, Katy Maher

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate in the Heartland: Historical Data and Future Projections for the Heartland Regional Network

September 2015

Climate in the Heartland describes projected climate change impacts for five municipalities: Iowa City, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The analysis finds that annual temperatures are projected to increase substantially for each municipality. The average temperature in coming decades will be higher than extremes that have recently occurred on average only once per decade. Additionally, frosts are projected to start later and end earlier for all five municipalities.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Anderson, Jennifer Gooden, Patrick E. Guinan, Mary Knapp, Gary McManus, Martha D. Shulski

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EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

September 1, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students to design green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change. Registration for the 2015 Challenge opened Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 30. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 18, 2015, and winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

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

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Tribal Energy Systems Vulnerability to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September 2015

This report from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy assesses climate change and extreme weather impacts on tribal energy infrastructure and systems in the U.S. It includes information about the impacts from climate change and extreme weather events on both onsite and offsite tribally owned and non-tribally owned energy infrastructure. 

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BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides: ART Portfolio

September 2015

The Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) leads and supports multi-sector, cross-jurisdictional projects that build local and regional capacity in the San Francisco Bay Area of California to plan for and implement adaptation responses. ART offers an online ‘Portfolio’ to provide access to the planning guidance, tools, data and information for adaptation planning in the Bay Area - with a focus on resiliency of shoreline and community resources to sea level rise and coastal storm events, among other climate impacts.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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NRDC Ocean Acidification Hotspots Map

September 2015

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has developed an online interactive map of ocean acidification implications on coastal communities. The mapping approach determines where the ocean chemistry is changing most rapidly, where vulnerable species are located, and where people who most depend on these species reside. The intersection of these factors reveals an elevated risk from ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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From Tides to Storms: Preparing for New Hampshire's Future Coast - Assessing Risk and Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 2015

Developed by the Rockingham Planning Commission, the Tides to Storms project worked with 7 coastal communities in New Hampshire (Seabrook, Hampton Falls, Hampton, North Hampton, Rye, New Castle, Portsmouth) to assess their vulnerability to flooding from storm surge and sea-level rise. A regional vulnerability assessment was developed, as well as an assessment report and map set were prepared for each of the seven coastal municipalities. Each assessment considers risks to roadways and supporting transportation infrastructure, critical facilities and infrastructure, and natural resources.

Related Organizations: Rockingham Planning Commission

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Delaware Wildlife Action Plan 2015-2025

2015

In accordance with congressional requirements, Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan provides an inventory of natural resources information and conservation programs in the state, lists the species of greatest conservation needs (SGCN), their key habitats, issues, research needs, and conservation actions. In keeping with Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan published in 2006, this updated plan published in 2015 acknowledges climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state’s wildlife population.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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New York State Wildlife Action Plan

September 2015

The New York State Wildlife Action Plan is a ten year plan designed to protect threatened and declining wildlife populations across the state, and to guide biodiversity conservation initiatives.  For the 2015 update, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and agency partners completed assessments for nearly 600 wildlife species, and identified 366 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) for immediate conservation action. Climate change, along with pollution, invasive species, and loss of habitat to development are the threats that are considered of highest concern to New York’s SGCN - and the plan includes many strategies to address climate impacts on these species.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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