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U.S. Department of Transportation CMIP Climate Data Processing Tool

March 2016

The U. S. Department of Transportation's Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Climate Data Processing Tool provides readily available downscaled climate data in a format that is relevant and useful for transportation planners at a local level. The tool, which is in Excel format, processes raw climate model output to produce projections that are meaningful for transportation planners to consider design or operational changes needed to create transportation infrastructure and services that are more resilient to climate change impacts.

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National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is a public access site with hundreds of resources from Sea Grant institutions and partnerships.  These resources or tools are primarily short reports on coastal resilience best practices and projects conducted through Sea Grant programs. The “Tools” available on the site include: Decision Support Tools, Technical Assistance, Guides and Manuals, Training, Communities of Practice, Data and Assessments, and Legal Services.   “Legal Services” has sectoral legal information and reviews of common law tools from Sea Grant partners.

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The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL)

Developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, CCORAL is a Caribbean specific web-based decision support platform that can be used by communities and organizations to understand climate impacts and to identify options for enhancing climate resilience. CCORAL aimed helping decision-makers in the Caribbean to integrate climate change considerations into their processes across all sectors, such as planning, programming, and budgeting. CCORAL is designed for users of all skill levels, with resources provided for climate experts and non-experts.

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Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes: A Climate‐Smart Planning Tool

Point Blue Conservation Science has developed a mapping tool for the San Francisco Bay Estuary that generates projections for sea level rise, marsh elevations and bird distributions.

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New Jersey Climate Adaptation Directory

2016

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Directory was created to provide resources that assist in guiding practitioners in New Jersey through the adaptation planning process. This directory contains geographic data, tools, reports, model policies and ordinances, case studies, and current projects focused on evaluating vulnerabilities and developing and implementing climate change adaptation plans and strategies.

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NJADAPT

NJADAPT is an online tool to be used to understand how climate change is affecting various populations, places and assets in New Jersey - now an in the future. Through interactive maps, community planners can see how infrastructure, population and the environment are vulnerable to storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. Reports, videos, and additional resources are available for further information on climate change impacts in New Jersey. 

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Florida Sea-level Rise Sketch Planning Tool for Transportation

October 2015

The University of Florida (UF) developed a geographic information system (GIS)-based “sketch planning tool” to help transportation planners in Florida identify transportation infrastructure potentially vulnerable to projected sea-level rise. The sketch planning tool offers a mapping function to visualize areas that will be affected by different sea-level rise scenarios based upon surface elevations and the location of infrastructure.   The tool is also customizable for experienced users to allow them to create more spatially refined inundation surfaces.

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Louisiana Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has launched a “Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer,” an online resource which displays information on coastal land change, flood risk, and impacts to communities. This innovative tool provides coastal residents with access to the state’s best information about how Louisiana’s coast may change in the future, as well as resources to make communities and properties safer.

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Maine Climate Adaptation Toolkit

October 26, 2015

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a Climate Adaptation Toolkit, an online reference library focused on resources for adaptation and resiliency planning in the state. Available on the DEP’s website, the toolkit provides links to key state, federal, and other climate related documents, climate models, data sources, and technical providers, to assist with adaptation work in Maine.

Author or Affiliated User: Nathan Robbins

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Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) is a numerical modeling system used to predict coastal flooding due to climate change-driven sea-level rise and storms. CoSMos provides explicit, deterministic modeling of all the relevant physics (e. g. , tides, waves, surge) of a coastal storm scaled down to local flood resolution projections. The system provides coastal planners and emergency managers with hazard information to inform coastal management, mitigate physical damage, and enhance public safety.

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