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Coastal Flooding in the Northeast United States Due to Climate Change

December 2007

This report assesses the affects of sea level rise (SLR) on storm surge and flooding in the northeastern United States.   In this study, historical sea level information for storm surge anomalies at five sites in the region (from Massachusetts to New Jersey) was compiled and the impacts of climate change and local sea level effects were then added to this analysis. The change in recurrence intervals of storm surges due to possible SLR scenarios is estimated. Also, the study compares the boundaries of a 100-year coastal storm flooding event in Boston developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the flooding boundaries of these estimated storm surges for 2005 and 2100 to further prepare for the potential social and economic impacts of climate change on coastal areas.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Watson, Paul Kirshen, Ellen Douglas, Allen Gontz, Jawon Lee, Yong Tian

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the US - Ecosystems

June 16, 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "   The 'Ecosystems' chapter presents current and projected impacts to ecosytems in the U. S. from climate change.   Ecosystem processes, migration seasons, species range and distribution shifts, extinction, desertification, and ocean acidification among other impacts are fully described relative to the effects of climate change.

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Agriculture and the Food System: Adaptation to Climate Change

June 2009

This report addresses the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture in the U.S., and the potential for the agricultural sector to adapt to these impacts. After presenting key features of the U.S. agriculture sector, biophysical and economic vulnerabilities of agriculture and the food system are identified. A discussion of public policy in agriculture and adaptation is followed by suggestions for additional research.

Author or Affiliated User: John M. Antle

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Agriculture

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Agriculture' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to agriculture in the U. S.  The chapter opens with a brief discussion of agriculture's impact on climate change.  The $200 billion U. S. agriculture sector accounts for 13. 5 percent of all human-induced U. S. greenhouse gas emissions (8.

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California Water Plan Update 2009 - Integrated Water Management

2009

This 2009 update of the California Water Plan includes 4 primary reports which comprehensively incorporate the consideration of climate change: Volume 1- Strategic Plan, Volume 2 - Resource Management Strategies, Volume 3 - Regional Reports, and Volume 4 Reference Guide.

Author or Affiliated User: Chris C.

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Climate Resilient Cities: A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Disasters - Albuquerque, NM

January 1, 2009

Albuquerque, New Mexico is engaging partners in the community, private sector, and technical centers to inform opportunities for making the city more resilient and efficient. The report describes the city's priority hazards and its vulnerability to a variety of natural disasters and other emergency situations, while the two primary issues discussed are water and wildfires. This report outlines how the city's governance structure is handling these programs and climate related impacts.  

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A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy (TRB Special Report 299)

2009

In 2008, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee recognized that major legislation might be enacted in 2009 that could have profound effects on future surface transportation policies at all levels of government. The TRB Executive Committee recognized that new research and policy analysis would be needed to inform decisions at all levels of government in responding to the challenges of reducing transportation energy consumption and GHG emissions. In reviewing proposals for transportation research programs as part of reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program, the Executive Committee also found a gap: no proposals explicitly addressed research to mitigate GHG emissions and energy consumption attributable to passenger and freight travel, or to adapt to climate change.

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The Potential Impacts of Global Sea Level Rise on Transportation Infrastructure

October 2008

Prepared by the U. S. Department of Transportation, this report provides a high-level estimate of the net effect of sea level-rise and storm surges to transportation infrastructure on the U. S. eastern seaboard by 2100. The study integrates estimates of eustatic sea-level rise based on IPCC scenarios and digital elevation maps to identify areas that will either be inundated or placed at risk during storms. These estimates do not account for local variations. Based on 9 modeling outputs, from 6cm to 59cm, the study identifies the roads, airports, ports, and rail lines at risk from New York down to Florida, and it provides quantitative data on the extent to which each state in the study area will be affected by sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kevin M. Wright, Christopher Hogan

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California Coastal Management with a Changing Climate

November 2008

This report examines the challenges California's coastal managers will face as a result of a changing climate, the adaptation tools available, and the extent to which federal, state, regional and local institutions are prepared for changing conditions. It demonstrates that climate change will reinforce the management tradeoffs that are already present, bringing new challenges to the balancing act between nature and coastal development.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ellen Hanak, Georgina Moreno

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Long Beach, Mississippi Concept Plan – Oak Park

August 2006

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and significant property destruction, the city of Long Beach, MS developed a proposed comprehensive plan for the city that included a concept for a new public green space called Oak Park to buffer the downtown area from storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.   The plan placed the park between a new roadway to the north and the coastline and Highway 90, which would be redesigned, to the south.  The plan was designed to both revitalize the town aesthetically and provide natural protection for residents from storm events.

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