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San Francisco Sea Level Rise Action Plan

March 2016

Led by San Francisco Planning and San Francisco Public Works, the Sea Level Rise Action Plan describes the objectives for future sea level rise and coastal flooding planning and mitigation in the City and County of San Francisco, California. The plan summarizes current climate science, relevant policies and regulations, and vulnerability and risk assessments conducted to date; provides a roadmap with both short-term and long-term sea level rise adaptation actions; and establishes a framework for further assessment, adaptation planning, and implementation.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco, California, San Francisco Department of Public Works

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Long-Term Drought Resilience Federal Action Plan of the National Drought Resilience Partnership

March 2016

President Obama established the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) in November 2013 as part of his Climate Action Plan. On March 21, 2016, Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Building National Capabilities for Long-Term Drought Resilience, directing the NDRP to work collaboratively to deliver on a Federal Action Plan designed to complement state, regional, tribal and local drought preparedness, planning and implementation efforts.  This Action Plan lays out a series of activities to fulfill the President’s drought resilience goals, which are intended to be undertaken in 2016 or 2017.

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DOT Fastlane Grants

December 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, also known as the FASTLANE program, is a new competitive grant program that was included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) to provide funding for nationally significant highway, bridge, and freight projects. Congress authorized $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program for the 2017 fiscal year.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Ecosystem-Service Assessment: Research Needs for Coastal Green Infrastructure

August 2015

The Coastal Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Task Force of the National Science and Technology Council has recommended priority areas of research to support the integration of green infrastructure into coastal resilience planning. This report focuses on the ecosystem services provided by coastal green infrastructure (CGI) and recommends areas for prioritized Federal research to support the integration of CGI.

Related Organizations: National Science and Technology Council

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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National Park Service Coastal Adaptation Strategies: Case Studies

November 25, 2015

This National Park Service report reviews the successful implementation of coastal climate adaptation strategies through 24 case studies of coastal adaptation projects in National Parks. The adaptation efforts described include historic structure preservation, archeological surveys, baseline data collection and documentation, habitat restoration, engineering solutions, redesign and relocation of infrastructure, and development of broad management plans that consider climate change.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Case Study of the Atlanta BeltLine - Adaptation Aspects

2016

The Atlanta BeltLine project demonstrates how cities can reuse underutilized sites and facilities to enhance city resilience to future climate impacts. (However, the BeltLine project is not being designed explicitly as a climate change adaptation project.) With the BeltLine project, the city is converting 22 miles of disused railway beds surrounding the city into a biking and pedestrian loop and a streetcar line, which will include 1,300 acres of new and 700 acres of restored greenspace.

Related Organizations: City of Atlanta, Georgia

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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GAO Report - A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information

November 2015

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) promotes a national system to provide climate information to U. S. decision makers in this report to Congress. The report examines the extent to which federal efforts meet the climate information needs of decision makers; how federal efforts could be improved; and the strengths and limitations of different systems to provide climate information. GAO reviewed government funded climate data sharing programs in three other countries - Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom - and describes their key characteristics.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Adaptation a Strategic Priority for FY2016 Technical Assistance Funding through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs

October 2015

In October 2015, the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced that for fiscal year 2016 climate change adaptation planning, assessment, and implementation was to receive the highest priority for OIA technical assistance program (TAP) funding. OIA accepted TAP applications for climate adaptation focused projects for FY 2016 only. OIA TAP funding for FY 2017 is no longer climate focused.  Information on both years funding priorities can be found through the grants. gov website under CFDA #15.

Related Organizations: Office of Insular Affairs (OIA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Lessons from the Storm: Climate Displacement Three Years After Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2015

This report by the Center for American Progress assesses the recovery of New York’s and New Jersey’s middle- and low-income communities three years after Hurricane Sandy. The report analyzes the challenges encountered by state and city leaders to help reduce displacement of people in the days and years following the storm, as well as innovative policies that emerged to prevent future extreme weather and climate displacement. The Center also highlights the important role that community groups play as citizen first responders, liaisons to government officials, and in long-term housing and recovery efforts.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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