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Digital Coast

The Digital Coast is a collaborative effort of organizations committed to providing data and information, tools, and training resources to help address timely coastal issues - including land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. NOAA's Coastal Services Center is maintaining the Digital Coast website which provides access to all the resources being developed and contributed by academic institutions, public and private sector entities.  This curated collection of coastal and ocean data and tools are directed at decision makers, practitioners, and technicians.

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Preparing for the Changing Climate: A Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment

June 2011

This report is the first region-wide overview of how communities in the Northeast are preparing for climate change, and what resources and assistance they need to succeed. The intent of the report is to provide a snapshot of the barriers and resource gaps that need to be addressed in order for local, regional, and state governments to effectively plan for and implement climate preparedness strategies.

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Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No-Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

May 2012

This report provides an overview of policy options for limiting new construction in vulnerable coastal areas, and a summary of existing laws and regulations in states with federally approved coastal management programs (CMPs). To better understand and communicate how state CMPs manage ocean and Great Lake shorefront development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) (now a part of the Office for Coastal Management) conducted this study to look specifically at where states are employing shorefront strategies to protect the public interest and natural resources.

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How Countries, States, and Florida Address Sea Level Rise: A Compendium of Climate Adaptation Research

2013

The Compendium is a comprehensive list of national, state and local sea level rise adaptation planning resources assembled by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Each briefly summarized, there are 24 reports and plans described for the state of Florida, as well as adaptation plans for four cities and 18 reports regarding Florida at the county and regional level. Twelve states are reviewed with multiple resources for each described, including hazard mitigation plans, vulnerability assessments, response strategies and more.

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U.S. DOI Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is supporting projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The program is funded by the 2013 Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Emergency Relief Program: Sandy Disaster Aid Resilience Projects

2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) allocated $4. 3 billion of its disaster recovery money specifically for projects in the Sandy-impacted areas that increase the resilience of public transportation systems and facilities to future disasters and the impacts of climate change. Funding for resilience projects was allocated in separate tiers. First, for “locally-prioritized projects,” which include resilience improvements made in conjunction with other recovery and rebuilding projects or lower cost stand-alone projects that could be implemented quickly.

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Adaptation Toolkit for New Hampshire Communities

2013

This adaptation toolkit is designed for New Hampshire communities assessing and planning for climate change impacts. The toolkit was developed by the Adaptation Workgroup of the New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative, which has representatives from the NH Department of Fish and Game and Department of Environmental Services. 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Initiative: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

April 2, 2013

The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Initiative (CRI) was established to assess the potential local impacts from climate change for the state's "Seacoast" region, and to initiate adaptation planning. Prepared for the CRI by a team of researchers from the University of New Hampshire and the Rockingham Planning Commission, a detailed report provides an overview of the projected climate vulnerability of Portsmouth’s public and private assets. The report includes an assessment for climate change impacts on critical infrastructure and facilities, public health and coastal wetlands, and includes adaptive strategies for each of these sectors.

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Durham, New Hampshire HMP Climate Adaptation Chapter: Developing Strategies to Protect Areas at Risk from Flooding due to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

June 25, 2013

Developed for the Town of Durham, New Hampshire, this report provides adaptation strategies to protect areas of the Town that are at risk of flooding due to sea level rise and other impacts from climate change. This chapter will be adopted as a subset of Durham’s existing Hazard Mitigation Plan, and will be recommended to be incorporated into the Master Plan.

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New Hampshire Senate Bill 163: Establishing a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards

July 2, 2013

Senate Bill 163 establishes a Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission for the State of New Hampshire.  The commission is directed to recommend future legislation in order for coastal communities and the state to better prepare for rising sea levels and other weather-related hazards.

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