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Comparing Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies in San Diego: An Application of the NOAA Economic Framework

June 2017

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative worked with local jurisdictions to analyze the costs and benefits of different coastal resilience strategies in two San Diego, California jurisdictions (the cities of Del Mar and Carlsbad). This report presents the quantified economic value of properties at risk from sea-level rise impacts, and the evaluation of the costs and benefits of a range of adaptation strategies, including protection, accommodation and retreat. The study found that all of the adaptation strategies evaluated had a positive return on investment given sea-level rise projections, some delivering over $70 of benefits for a $1 investment.

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The Economic Impact of the 2016 Loma Fire

2017

Developed by Earth Economics and requested by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA), this report offers an assessment of the comprehensive economic impact of the 2016 Loma Fire that occurred in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The report details the cost of lost ecosystem services, and the process of assessing these costs. Earth Economics also provides recommendations for mitigating future fire-related risk. The OSA requested this analysis in order to better understand the true costs of wildfire events, and how management practices and policies can be modified to reduce overall risk as climate change increases the incidence and intensity of wildfire events.

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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U. S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.

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City Resilience Index

Developed in partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Arup, the City Resilience Index is a web-based tool for conducting a city-wide resilience assessment. Based on evidence from 28 cities and three years of research into what constitutes resilience, the Index is globally applicable -  and has already been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong, and Liverpool.

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Flooding Threatens Public Schools Across the Country: Infrastructure analysis evaluates county-level flood risk

August 2017

From the Pew Charitable Trusts and ICF, this analysis of flooding risk was conducted for public elementary and secondary schools in all 50 states. Three county-level indicators were developed to assess flooding risk including: a school’s location within a designated flood zone, the percentage of a school’s neighborhood (as represented by ZIP code) located within a flood zone, and the number of historical flood-related federal disaster declarations in that county.

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NOAA State Climate Summaries

January 10, 2017

The State Climate Summaries from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information consist of observed and projected climate change information for each U.S. state. The summaries describe assessment topics directly related to NOAA’s mission, specifically, historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding.

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Drought and Equity in California

January 9, 2017

Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the five-year and ongoing drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. Three major impacts of the drought are the focus of the report, including water supply shortages, drought charges and water affordability, and the drought impacts on salmon fisheries. The Pacific Institute finds that water shortages and price increases affected access to safe, affordable water for Californians, with the most severe impacts on several vulnerable populations.

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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.

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Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications (GAO-17-3)

November 2016 (Rel. Date January 3, 2017)

In this report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urges the Commerce Department to create a program to share new climate data with organizations that set standards for contractors, architects, housing and highway developers and other construction and engineering groups. In their analysis, GAO found that design standards and building codes generally use historical climate observations rather than forward-looking climate information. In the long-run, this could cost the government billions of dollars in repairs, insurance, and disaster relief.

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California Climate Change and Health Profile Reports

2017

The CalBRACE (California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) Project of the California Department of Public Health (DPH) developed 58 Climate Change and Health Profile Reports – one for each county in the state. The reports outline climate projections for extreme heat, sea level rise, wildfires, drought and air quality, as well as climate related health risks and indicators for social vulnerability.  Adaptation strategies are outlined for each county also, to address these public health impacts.

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