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NOAA Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

2015

The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper is an online mapping tool to view flooding hazards potential for the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico coastal communities in the U.S. The mapper was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promote adaptation planning around coastal flood hazard risks and associated vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Resilience Data Challenge - NASA, USGS funding

December 15, 2014

In December 2014, NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offered more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change. The Climate Resilience Data Challenge was conducted through the NASA Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard University hosted on Appirio/Topcoder. This funding opportunity was open until March 2015. 

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Primary Care: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate (HHS)

December 15, 2014

Primary Care: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate, from the U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), assesses the current climate and weather related risks for health care infrastructure, and proposes some best practices for building resilience to climate change. The HHS climate resilience guide is intended to address a wide range of health care facility vulnerabilities. It spans risks related to buildings, utilities and infrastructure, including IT infrastructure, supply chain issues, the needs of staff, and the role of the healthcare facility in the broader community.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 979, Bill 2461, 2014)

December 5, 2014

The County of Kaua'i, Hawaii passed a Shoreline Setback Ordinance (effective December 5, 2014) that strengthens the county's shoreline setback requirements. The purpose of the updated bill is to "protect life and property, ensure the longevity and integrity of Kauai’s coastal and beach resources and strengthen current shoreline setback requirements by incorporating science-based erosion rates established in the Kauai Coastal Erosion Study, and current coastal hazard mitigation best practices and strategies.

Related Organizations: County Council of Kaua'i

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative

December 3, 2014

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a Climate Education and Literacy Initiative in December 2014 to help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. The Initiative is designed to increase student learning opportunities; equip educators with science-based information and resources; enhance climate-related professional development and training; and engage citizens through place-based and informal climate education.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Georgetown Climate Center - Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation Plans: Federal Strategies for Promoting and Removing Barriers to State, Local, and Tribal Adaptation

December 1, 2014

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014. The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of plans released in 2013. For the first time, the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Planning

 

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MD Executive Order 01.01.2014.14: Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland

November 19, 2014

The “Strengthening Climate Action in Maryland” Executive Order from Governor Martin O’Malley expands the Maryland Commission on Climate Change’s membership, mission, and responsibilities. The 2014 Executive Order builds upon O'Malley's 2007 EO which first established the Commission, stating that more must be done to achieve the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland, and to prepare State and local governments as well as residents for the likely health, environmental and socio-economic effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maine Wildlife Action Plan

September 2015

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife prepared the state’s 2015 Wildlife Action Plan to protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and to fulfil requirements established by the State Wildlife Grant program. This updated plan focuses on developing a list of 378 SGCN based on a number of factors, including vulnerability to  climate change and cultural significance to tribes in Maine. The 2015 plan builds off of an earlier version, published in 2005, which helped secure funding that has supported enhanced habitat management, research, monitoring, population management, and outreach programs throughout the state.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

August 2015

This report was developed to help Rhode Island local governments assess vulnerabilities to natural hazards, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, and prepare implementable coastal adaptation strategies. Strategies derived from this process can be included in local planning documents, and used to prioritize adaptation investments through local transportation and capital improvement programs. The stepwise approach described in the report was piloted in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and is intended to provide a model for other municipalities in the state.

Related Organizations: University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan: A Strategy for Conserving Wildlife in Colorado

2015

Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) summarizes the most crucial aspects of biodiversity conservation in Colorado over the next 10 years. The plan aims to address the impacts to, and develop near and long-term strategies for, the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) - which are the species of highest conservation priority in Colorado. This SWAP was coordinated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) - who have chosen 55 of the SGCN to focus their efforts on, considering these species as “Tier 1” or as being in the most critical condition in terms of severity of threats and population decline.

Related Organizations: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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