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City of Santa Cruz, California, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update (2102 - 2017)

May 20, 2014

The City of Santa Cruz, California Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update was adopted by the City Council in 2013 and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2014. The LHMP addresses climate impacts and adaptation considerations for Santa Cruz  - which are further detailed in the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

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Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners, and the Public

May 21, 2014

From the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, this report reviews the legal tools available for sea level rise adaptation in the State of Delaware, and analyzes the legal issues related to the use of each tool. The report also discusses the current status of the tools under Delaware law, and provides recommendations for changes needed in Delaware law to make them more effective.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kenneth T. Kristl, Harry Cook, Rebecca Drowos, William Eppler, Joshua Grajewski, Kari Hassett, Jay Patel, Adam Wojewodzki, Justin Forcier

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Assessing Criticality in Transportation Adaptation Planning

May 25, 2014

The U. S. Department of Transportation (U. S. DOT) developed this guide to help transportation agencies identify the most critical assets in their transportation systems. Identifying the critical assets can be a very effective way to help inform and narrow the scope of a transportation vulnerability assessment, making the assessment process much more manageable for an agency. The guide provides an overview of common challenges related to assessing asset criticality, options for defining criticality and identifying scope, and a process for applying criteria to rank assets' criticality.

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Town of Guilford, Connecticut Community Coastal Resilience Plan

May 30, 2014

The Town of Guilford, Connecticut developed a Community Coastal Resilience Plan to address the current and future social, economic and ecological resilience of the town’s shoreline to sea level rise impacts and increases in storm surge, coastal flooding and erosion. This plan includes comprehensive adaptation strategies for the coastal zone, proposed regulatory changes, property acquisition tools for coastal conservation, and more. 

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City of Berkeley CA's 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 1, 2014

The 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan updates Berkeley California's 2004 Disaster Mitigation Act, providing information on initiatives already underway to increase disaster resilience as well as outlining new risk assessments and policies. This update incorporates climate change into the plan, framing it as both a standalone hazard of concern, as well as an exacerbating factor in other hazards.

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RI Executive Climate Change Council Report - A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical About Climate Change

June 2014

‘A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical about Climate Change’ was prepared pursuant to Governor Chafee’s Executive Order 14-01, issued in February 2014, which establishes an Executive Climate Change Council for Rhode Island. The Council’s report outlines key objectives and strategies to help the state prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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Vermont Climate Assessment: Considering Vermont’s Future in a Changing Climate

June 2014

The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) is the nation's first comprehensive state-level assessment of climate impacts modeled after the National Climate Assessment (NCA). The VCA mirrors the NCA structure but is tailored to the sectors most applicable to Vermont. The VCA presents state-level efforts to downscale global climate models, combining them with local knowledge and data. The assessment presents climate impacts across many sectors, as well as localized, community level vulnerabilities.

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Arizona State University Foresight Initiative

June 1, 2014

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest. Effective as of June 1, 2014, the agreement is known as the Foresight Initiative.

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Resilience. Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: Policy Considerations from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance

June 2014

This report from the New Jersey Climate Adaption Alliance recommends a series of wide-ranging strategies to integrate the response to possible climate impacts into state regulations, local land-use decisions, and allocation of government funding in New Jersey. The Alliance focused on key sectors of agriculture; built infrastructure (transportation, energy, and telecommunications); coastal communities; emergency management; environmental justice; natural resources; public health; social services; and water resources.

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Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities

June 2014

This report was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to support the integration of community level climate resiliency solutions into State Revolving Fund (SRF) policies. NRDC describes how to incorporate water efficiency, green infrastructure, and flood risk reduction into SRFs, and provides examples of states and municipalities already experiencing successes with these approaches.

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