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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: A Review of Water Utility Practices

August 2010

The study describes the activities of eight water utilities who have conducted climate vulnerability assessments: East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA), City of Boulder Utilities Division (CO), Denver Water (CO), Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Portland Water Bureau (OR), Lower Colorado River Authority (CO), and Seattle Public Utilities (WA). This report provides a review of best practices in this emerging effort across the industry for the purpose of informing utilities considering engaging in this issue about the various methods used by their peers.

Related Organizations: Denver Water, Portland Water Bureau, Seattle Public Utilities, Stratus Consulting, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), City of Portland, Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

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Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information

May 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Molly K. Macauley

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Municipal Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise: City of Satellite Beach, Florida

July 18, 2010

This document provides the results of a municipal sea-level rise vulnerability assessment conducted for Satellite Beach, Florida. Based on conservative modeling estimates, the city is at high risk of inundation from both sea-level rise and storm surge, and adaptive action is strongly recommended. 

Related Organizations: City of Satellite Beach, Florida

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Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of the Northern Gulf of Mexico to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Change

July 2010

This report, prepared by the U. S. Geologic Survey, uses an index to assess the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast - from Galveston, Texas to Panama City, Florida.   The Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) applied is based on six factors that influence the risk sea-level rise poses:  geomorphology, historical shoreline change rate, regional coastal slope, relative sea-level change, mean significant wave height, and mean tidal range.   CVI data can be used in at least two ways: (1) as a way of identifying areas where physical changes are most likely to occur as sea-level rises, and (2) as a planning tool for managing and protecting resources along the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: E.A. Pendleton, J.A. Barras, S.J. Williams, D.C. Twichell

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Climate Change, Water, and Risk: Current Water Demands Are Not Sustainable

July 2010

This report summarizes the results of an analysis performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2010, examining the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States. 

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Impacts of Climate Change in Flood Frequency Analysis for Transportation Design in Alaska

July 2010

This study addresses whether or not current flood frequency estimates for south-central Alaska adequately characterize true flood occurrences given limited observational data, the influence of natural climate variability on extreme events, and potential climate change. The research is intended to lead to the understanding of regional hydrology while resulting in the least total cost for this aspect of transportation infrastructure in Alaska.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

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A Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Atlanta, Georgia

April 23, 2010

This report, a Masters thesis, provides climate change adaptation guidance to local decision makers by identifying vulnerable planning areas within the city and assessing the risks of expected climate impacts. The results of these analyses determined priority objectives for adaptation planning. The report also provides a framework for subsequent adaptation planning phases.

Related Organizations: Duke University

Author or Affiliated User: Amy Morsch

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Climate Change and Mental Health: Uncertainty and Vulnerability for Alaska Natives

April 15, 2010

This bulletin provides an academic review of the mental health effects to Alaskan Natives as a result of climatic changes, including impacts associated with more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, changes to the local environment, and alterations to subsistence resources. Potential responses for mental health providers and communities-at-large are outlined, such as conducting vulnerability assessments, creating post-incident recovery environments, increasing the awareness of mental health effects associated with climate change, and monitoring activities.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jacob Bell, Michael Brubaker, Kathy Graves, James Berner

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California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report

April 2010

In June 2005, Executive Order S-05-05 was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger which mandated the preparation of biennial science assessment reports on climate change impacts and adaptation options for California. The first Climate Action Team (CAT) Assessment Report was produced in March 2006. This 2009 assessment expands on the policy-oriented 2006 assessment, and provides new information and scientific findings including: 1) the development of new climate and sea-level projections using new information and tools that have become available in the last two years; and 2) an evaluation of climate change within the context of broader social changes, such as land-use changes and demographic shifts.

Related Organizations: California Climate Action Team (CAT)

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Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Reports

April 2010

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences published a series of three reports that address the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Foundation, the objective was to make "climate-smart" the State's existing State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The SWAP provides a roadmap for the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the state, including 22 critical habitat types and 257 priority animals in need of conservation action.

Related Organizations: Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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