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Vermont State Climate Office

The Vermont State Climate Office is housed within the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont, and is Vermont's AASC Recognized State Climate Office (ARSCO). The State Climate Office web page contains many links to the NCDC database of climate and weather records for Vermont, and acts as a gateway to learn about atmospheric processes and ways of reducing vulnerabilty to climate hazards in an ever-changing climate system.

 

 

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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) has provided a Climate Change web site which includes information on existing initiatives in Vermont, a general background and history of climate science, Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions data, a library of climate change related materials (including the Governor's Commission on Climate Change archive), a news and events section, suggestions for what citizens can do to make a difference, and the roster of climate change team members.

 

 

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Vermont Climate Assessment: Considering Vermont’s Future in a Changing Climate

June 2014

The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) is the nation's first comprehensive state-level assessment of climate impacts modeled after the National Climate Assessment (NCA). The VCA mirrors the NCA structure but is tailored to the sectors most applicable to Vermont. The VCA presents state-level efforts to downscale global climate models, combining them with local knowledge and data. The assessment presents climate impacts across many sectors, as well as localized, community level vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: University of Vermont

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Vermont's Roadmap to Resilience

December 16, 2013

From the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) 'Vermont’s Roadmap to Resilience: Preparing for Natural Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change in the Green Mountain State' is a plan and guidance designed to increase Vermont’s preparedness for the effects of climate change and extreme weather impacts. ISC developed recommendations which are basis of the report, aimed at building the state’s resilience at the community and statewide level.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Lessons Learned From Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief and Barriers to Adaptive Reconstruction

December 2013

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities in trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Justin Clancy, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Vermont Culvert Rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene

December 2013

Vermont experienced significant barriers to using disaster relief funding to install larger culverts after Tropical Storm Irene.   The storm caused massive damage to the state’s transportation infrastructure and warranted a presidential disaster declaration.   In the aftermath of the event, the Vermont Transportation agency (VTrans) and localities followed state regulations that required the installation of larger culverts to address increased stream flow and to allow for fish passage.   Localities, however, were denied reimbursement for these “improvements” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency that administers disaster relief funding for rebuilding local roads and bridges.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Burlington, Vermont Climate Action Plan

2014

This report provides an overview of Burlington Vermont’s Climate Action Plan including climate mitigation and social equity goals. Burlington’s Climate Action Plan is comprised of over 200 strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A section of the plan is devoted to “Climate Change and Equity,” and the City of Burlington has identified key areas which present equity issues either presently or in the future.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Framework

May 31, 2013

This report from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) addresses climate change impacts on four natural resource sectors including wildlife, fisheries, forestry, and water resources.  After detailing climate impacts on each sector, a strategic climate adaptation framework is proposed for continued climate change vulnerability assessment and action planning.

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Author or Affiliated User: Kari Dolan

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adapting Vermont’s Transportation Infrastructure to the Future Impacts of Climate Change

August 13, 2012

This white paper was released on August 13, 2012 by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). The purpose of the white paper was to identify adaptation efforts underway at VTrans, identify constraints on the agency’s adaptation efforts, and analyze potential future actions the agency could take.  

Related Organizations: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)

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