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U.S. Department of Transportation's Gulf Coast Study

January 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation conducted the Gulf Coast Study to better understand the range of potential climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure and identify possible strategies for adapting infrastructure. It was conducted in two major phases, starting with Phase 1 (completed in 2008), and ending with the completion of Phase 2 in 2015.

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Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report

March 2015

From the Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) the Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report aims to address and plan for the Arizona’s climate-related health impacts. Through the report, the state initiated a climate and health adaptation planning process known as BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects), a framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide local health officials with a mechanism for addressing and adapting to climate-related public health effects.

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Human Cost of Natural Disasters: A Global Perspective

March 2015

From the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), this report presents data about the global impacts of natural disasters on human and economic systems from 1994 to 2013. CRED focuses on all emergencies with a major human impact with special focuses on public health, epidemiology, and structural and socio-economic issues. The report focuses on trends and patterns of global natural disasters and their impacts, and how these vary regarding the income level or the geographical location.

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Damariscotta, Maine Adaptation Planning Study: Downtown Waterfront Area

February 2015

The Town of Damariscotta is considered one of the most vulnerable communities on Maine’s coast for future sea level rise and storm surge. In 2014, Damariscotta received a Maine Coastal Resiliency Grant to study the effects of sea level rise and develop adaptation strategy options for protecting the town.  The report reviews both individual measures that building owners may take to floodproof their own buildings, as well as community level adaptations that the town could take to adapt to sea level rise.

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Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resiliency: New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report

February 16, 2015

This report presents the work of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) from January 2013 to January 2015. The report (also “NPCC 2015”) documents current climate trends and climate projections for the New York metropolitan region up to 2100. It provides the City of New York with climate projections to the end of the century, both static and dynamic coastal storm surge modeling, and next steps in the development of a monitoring system for climate change impacts and adaptation.  While specific to the New York City region, the approaches developed by the NPCC can contribute to efforts to enhance resiliency as they are undertaken in other locations.

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Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks

February 11, 2015

This assessment, prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), is included in the GAO’s 2015 High Risk Report that identifies agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation.

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Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices 2045

February 2, 2015

From the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Beyond Traffic discusses the effects of climate change over the next 30 years, including global mean sea level rise, temperature increases, and more frequent and intense storm events, as impacts on highways, bridges, public transportation, coastal ports and waterways. Released in Draft format, the DOT is asking for feedback with the intention of producing a final version later in 2015.

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Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework Project

February 2015

Led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this assessment evaluates the climate change vulnerability of forested ecosystems covering 18. 9 million acres in the Central Appalachian Broadleaf Forest-Coniferous Forest-Meadow and Eastern Broadleaf Forest Provinces of Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Designed to be a resource for forest managers, the report summarizes the current state of forests in the region including threats and management trends, projected climate impacts, and the results of a climate vulnerability assessment of local tree species and forest ecosystems.

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Maine's Climate Future: 2015 Update

February 2015

Maine’s Climate Future 2015 focuses on past, present, and future trends for key climate change impacts in Maine including temperature, precipitation, ocean temperature, ocean acidification, and sea level rise. Detailed examples of how Maine directly experiences each of these impacts are given. 

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Central Texas Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Regional Transportation Infrastructure

January 2015

Led by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin, Texas, this assessment is one of 19 national projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. Using the Department of Transportation’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool, the report evaluates the vulnerability of nine critical transportation assets – including Austin’s MetroRail Red Line and interstate highways – to climate stressors such as flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and icing.

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