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Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

August 2013

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States and between 2003 and 2012 - with an estimated 679 widespread power outages to have occurred due to severe weather during this time frame. The number of outages caused by severe weather is expected to rise as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Managing Coastal Watersheds to Address Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options for the Middle Patuxent Subwatershed of the Chesapeake Bay

August 2013

The purpose of this project and report is to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners to address climate change impacts in the Chesapeake Bay, focusing on how to integrate climate change into coastal restoration and conservation activities. To do this, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) worked with NOAA, a panel, and technical experts to identify climate change impacts for the Middle Patuxent sub-watershed and developed options for adapting restoration and conservation practices to address those impacts.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

August 2013

This article, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, quantifies present and future flood losses in the world’s largest 136 coastal cities. The researchers conclude that the world’s coastal cities cannot afford to ignore adaptation measures and policies in the face of increasing climate-related flood losses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephane Hallegatte, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, Jan Corfee-Morlot

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Homeowners' Insurance Changes in Coastal Virginia: Causes and consequences for shoreline communities

July 2013

This study reviews the extent to which the private insurance industry may influence adaptation to climate change along Virginia’s tidal shoreline through homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is becoming more costly along the Atlantic Coast and coverage is changing, especially for wind damage. This year-long study by Wetlands Watch explored the private sector perceptions on sea level rise and climate adaptation, examines the specific drivers behind increasing insurance rates, and provides plausible adaptive actions in response to these increasing rates.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shannon Hulst

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Preparing for the Rising Tide (Boston, Massachusetts)

February 5, 2013

From The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA), this report outlines climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of the Boston coastline, and provides recommendations for preparation, resiliency, and adaptation for the public and private sector. The report includes an overview of predicted climate impacts in New England, an analysis of Boston's preparedness for climate change, an assessment of Boston's vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise, and two site-specific vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dr. Ellen Douglas, Paul Kirshen, Julie Wormser, Vivien Li, Chris Watson

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Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

January 30, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Wildlife in a Warming World examines case studies from across the country illustrating how climate change is altering wildlife habitats and contributing to population declines. Recommendations are made to protect both wildlife and communities in various ecosystems from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Corey Shott, Douglass B. Inkley, Isabel Ricker

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Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia – Transportation Impacts

January 14, 2013

This study makes projections for recurrent flooding in coastal Virginia, outlines the predicted impacts on transportation infrastructure, and offers planning and implementation activities to reduce risks to coastal infrastructure. The report provides an overview of available adaptation strategies for recurrent flooding, reviews their implementation around the world, and identifies specific strategies appropriate for Virginia.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia

January 14, 2013

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and the Eastern Shore, and to identify adaptation strategies. The Recurrent Flooding Study makes projections for recurrent flooding due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and heavy rainfall, addressing all localities in Virginia's coastal zone.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

July 2013

This Department of Energy report provides an assessment of how the effects of climate change have impacted and will impact the production, delivery, and storage of energy. The report is organized by climate impact, exploring various aspects of energy production and transmission related to each. It offers real world examples of threatened facilities and describes current adaptation actions underway.  The report also suggests steps to improve adaptive capacity by investing in technology and equipment, improving policies to allow for better technology deployment, advancing analytics and monitoring to allow for more informed decisions, and increasing engagement between stakeholders and user communities to facilitate better planning and operations.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Gillespie

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Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World

June 18, 2013

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinction if action is not taken to curb GHG emissions and adopt “climate-smart” conservation strategies. Recommendations are provided on how to address climate impacts on wildlife by reducing carbon pollution, and for safeguarding species from the current and future impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Doug Inkley

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