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Our Coast, Our Future

The Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) project provides online maps and tools of local sea level rise and storm vulnerability within the San Francisco Bay Area, California. OCOF has modelled coastal impacts such as water levels, wave heights, flooding, and erosion; and mapping infrastructure and ecosystem vulnerabilities at scales relevant to planning and management. 

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Comprehensive Open Space Acquisition Strategy 2016-2020 Green Plan For Connecticut

2017

Developed in 2017 by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), along with its municipal partners, conservation organizations, and water companies, this update to Connecticut's Green Plan highlights ways for the agency to preserve open space - especially areas that are threatened by development. A 5-Year Action Strategy which covers the period of time from the end of the previous plan through 2020 is included to help unify the efforts of DEEP, stakeholders, and conservation actors with implementation.

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Professional Societies and Climate Change

January 2017

This report provides an analysis of how urban-focused professional societies are integrating  climate change into their member engagement activities. The results indicate that most urban-focused professional societies in the United States are working to educate their members on climate change issues, but few have adopted a holistic approach that includes adaptation, mitigation and the explicit consideration of social justice.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Missy Stults, Sara Meerow

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Minnesota Sentinel Lakes Program

The Section of Fisheries of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is leading a statewide collaborative effort to develop a system to monitor and record biological and chemical changes that occur in a sample of lakes that are representative of the state’s most common lakes. The program is designed to understand and predict the consequences of land use and climate change on lake habitats. This research builds off of the Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment program, or SLICE, that began in 2008.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Right to Counsel, New York City, New York

2017

New York City’s Universal Access to Legal Representation Law (or Right to Counsel (RTC)) is the first in the country to provide right-to-counsel in housing cases. The 2017 law allocates $155 million over five years to a program that provides free legal representation to tenants for eviction or other housing-related matters. Since its inception, the program has raised the number of represented tenants from 10 to over 27%, decreased evictions by 23%, and has saved the city an estimated $320 million per year. Initially implemented in the Bronx, the program is set to expand to other boroughs beginning in 2020.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Resilience and Solar Assessment Tool - Washington D.C.

2017

In 2017, the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) launched the country’s first resilience tool to identify opportunities for protecting residents in multifamily affordable housing from heat waves, flooding, and other climate change impacts. The city already faces a tight housing market with significant shortages in affordable housing. Climate change is expected to only exacerbate this pressure by increasing the cost of maintaining comfortable homes in the summer and protecting households from flooding. In order to help advance the goals of the city’s climate adaptation plan, DOEE worked with nonprofit partners to develop the Resilience and Solar Assessment Tool. The tool consists of a series of questionnaires that building owners can use to identify the building’s resilience to potential climate change impacts, examining characteristics like accessibility, emergency management plans, and electrical, mechanical, and plumbing equipment. Based on the outcome of the assessment, the tool provides additional recommendations for implementing resilience strategies at varying cost and scale. 

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Reanalyzer

Climate Reanalyzer is a public platform for visualizing climate and weather datasets. Users can access climate information using interfaces for reanalysis and historical station data; and maps, time series, and correlation analyses can be plotted for gridded models. Station data and model time series can be exported in CSV format for use in spreadsheet software.

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with tribal resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Cal-Adapt 2.0

2017

Cal-Adapt is a climate change geospatial data tool for California, that is developed and maintained by the University of California, Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility with funding and oversight by the California Energy Commission. Cal-Adapt offers localized climate change projections for the state produced by California's scientific and research community. The updated version, Cal-Adapt 2. 0, has been released with new, high-resolution climate projections, enhanced visualizations, and improved access to data.

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Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas

2017

From the American Planning Association (APA), this report discusses strategies for using local subdivision ordinances and the site plan review process to enhance flood resilience. Recommendations are given for creating standards that protect natural floodplain function. The report discusses how climate change is increasing flood risks in communities.

Author or Affiliated User: James Schwab

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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