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Summary of Potential Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Strategies in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C.)

June 2013

Subtitled 'A synopsis of lessons learned from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COGs') climate adaptation planning initiatives from 2010 - 2012,' this report is intended to identify effects of climate change in the region, and encourage local resiliency planning. This is part of an ongoing project with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Sustainable Communities to create an EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation. The report summarizes key information that has been learned throughout the process of working with EPA, stakeholders and climate experts on the development of the guidebook.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maia Davis, Amanda Campbell

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FHWA Climate Change Resilience Pilots

May 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. This pilot program is being jointly sponsored by the FHWA Office of Environment, Planning and Realty, and the Office of Infrastructure.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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Climate and Health - Understanding the Risk: An Assessment of San Francisco’s Vulnerability to Extreme Heat Events

2013

The San Francisco Department of Public Health was awarded funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an environmental health assessment of vulnerability to heat waves and air quality. This report provides an overview of the health department’s study of heat distribution, and predictions of neighborhoods that are especially vulnerable to extreme heat in San Francisco, California. The assessment will inform climate change adaptation planning efforts including a heat wave disaster response plan.

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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.

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

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Tracking the Effects of Sea Level Rise in Georgia's Coastal Communities

December 14, 2012

This report focuses on the sea level rise impacts as well as adaptation opportunities for three counties along the Georgia coast (Chatham, Liberty, and McIntosh).  The result of a semester-long graduate planning studio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the project's goal is to provide residents, decision-makers, and researchers with information that can help to proactively plan for future sea level rise (SLR).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Larry Keating, Dana Habeeb, Gillam Campbell, Marvin Clermont, Kathryn Colberg, Richelle Gosman, Anna Rose Harkness, Amy Moore Hugens, Paul Lorenc, Dzung Nguyen, Jennifer Yun, Joy Zhou

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Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided

November 2012

The World Bank commissioned this report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics to synthesize the science and the potential climate impacts on a world without improved mitigation efforts. This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and analysis of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century, focusing on developing countries and vulnerable populations. 

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Climate Change and the Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts

December 2012

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) produced this report on climate change impacts, indicators, and adaptive capacity of Hawai‘i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, with the support of nearly 100 scientific experts and practitioners.  The report was a regional contribution integrated into the Third National Climate Assessment. 

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