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Urban Risk Assessments: Understanding Disaster and Climate Risk in Cities

July 11, 2012

The World Bank produced this framework for conducting climate risk assessments to help cities plan for the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The framework is intended for city decision makers, urban practitioners, and is fitting for use by public, private, and non-governmental entities. It is adaptable to cities of differing financial statuses, population size, hazard and institutional capacities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Dickson, Judy L. Baker, Daniel Hoornweg, Asmita Tiwari

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City of Santa Barbara, California Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Study

July 2012

This study assesses the vulnerability of the City of Santa Barbara to future sea. level rise and related coastal hazards (by 2050 and 2100). It also evaluates the likely impacts of coastal hazards to specific areas of the City, analyzes their risks and the City’s ability to respond, and recommends potential adaptation responses. This white paper was prepared by the University of California, Santa Cruz - which is a part of a larger study funded by the Public Interest Environmental Research Program of the California Energy Commission.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gary Griggs, Nicole Russel

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EPA Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (Final Report)

January 2012

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) have been collaborating with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on an ecologic vulnerability assessment of the San Francisco estuary system to climate change under EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Program.

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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

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Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability and Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California

2012

Produced by the California Institute of Energy and the Environment based in the University of California, this is a brief summary report on the 2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study, California's third major assessment on climate change.  Our Changing Climate 2012 used climate projections and refined topographic, demographic and land use information to identify California's primary vulnerabilities to climate change. The report describes extreme heat impacts on public health and vulnerable populations, water supply and management, energy sector risks of wildfire on transmission and drought to hydropower, sea level rise and coastal storms, the increasing risks of California's ecosystems and species to wildfire, and agriculture's vulnerabilities and potential for adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Julia Ekstrom, Guido Franco

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Climate Change and Public Health in Utah

2012

This report provides an overview and description of the influence of environmental factors on climate change and public health in Utah, along with information about what can be done personally to protect health and reduce the risks of climate change. This report was developed by Utah's Environmental Epidemiology Program within the Division of Disease Control and Prevention with collaboration from other state agencies.  

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Climate Vulnerability Monitor

2012

The Climate Vulnerability Monitor (2nd Ed. ) measures the global impact of climate change and the carbon economy at a national level. It calculates and compares the vulnerability for 184 countries in four areas of impact (environmental disasters, habitat change, health impact and industry stress) using 34 climate and carbon related indicators. The report is the second to be issued by an ongoing international research program on climate-related vulnerability mandated to the independent humanitarian and development research organization, DARA.

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Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure

January 2012

This report provides a methodology for assessing the impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) on Florida transportation infrastructure. The report analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of forecasting SLR in Florida and provides recommendations for how those methods should be used by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The report also provides recommendations for identifying vulnerable transportation assets and addressing potential impacts of SLR to those assets. After this methodology was developed, FDOT funded a subsequent project to develop a GIS-based planning tool that aids in statewide and regional assessments of transportation asset vulnerability to SLR.

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USDA: Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935

2012

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this Technical Bulletin presents an overview of current climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture, assesses the the potential consequences of climate change over the next 25 to 100 years, and offers comprehensive climate change adaptation processes and strategies.  

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Federal Triangle Stormwater Drainage Study

October 2011

The Federal Triangle Stormwater Drainage study analyzed the causes of a 2006 flood event that put the Federal Triangle Area of Washington D. C. under up to 3 feet of water, including several major traffic arteries, tunnels, and subway stations. The Study analyzes possible alternatives to reducing the risk of interior drainage flooding, including permeable pavements and other Low Impact Development (LID) techniques. In considering the causes of flooding in the area, the Study uses the 200-year flood as a proxy for assessing how climate change may increase flood risks and the frequency of severe storm events.

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