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Climate Change Impacts to Natural Resources in South Carolina

2013

Prepared by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), this report addresses how climate change may affect wildlife, fisheries, water supply and other natural resources in South Carolina, and identifies some key adaptive steps for DNR to respond to these impacts.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee Final Report

July 2008

The Final Report of South Carolina's Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals for South Carolina by 2020, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change. The report includes a comprehensive set of 51 specific policies to reduce GHG emissions and address climate-, energy-, and commerce-related issues in South Carolina. One of these recommendations advocates that the state establish a "Blue Ribbon" Commission to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee, Center for Climate Strategies

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A Post-Event Review of the October 2015 Floods in South Carolina: A Deep Dive into the Columbia and Charleston Event

October 11, 2016

Using the narrative of the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, this report focuses on how to better reduce risks, improve response activities, and be more strategic about planning for flood recovery. The report analyzes flooding in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, drawing on interviews with impacted people and hard data on economic and physical impacts. The report recognizes that climate change will be an ongoing stress in the region, and offers lessons about planning for flood resilience, but does not focus specifically on climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) - International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kanmani Venkateswaran, Karen MacClune, Michael Szoenyi, Sierra Gladfelter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea Level Rise Strategy for Charleston, South Carolina

December 2015

The City of Charleston, South Carolina released a Sea Level Rise Strategy in 2015 with recommendations on actions the city can take to improve its long-term resilience to sea level rise (SLR) and recurrent flooding. The purpose of this document is to inform and provide an overall strategy and guiding framework to protect lives and property, maintain a thriving economy, and improve quality of life by making the City more resilient to sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The strategy includes current and proposed initiatives developed by a sea level rise task force.

Related Organizations: City of Charleston, South Carolina

Resource Category: Planning

 

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South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium is a state agency that, through a program of research, education, extension, and training, enhances economic opportunities and conservation of coastal and marine resources for South Carolina citizens. South Carolina Sea Grant has five priority ares of study and investment: 1) The Coastal and Ocean Landscape, 2) Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy, 3) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, 4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities, and 5) Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development.

 

 

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Adapting to Shoreline Change: A Foundation for Improved Management and Planning in South Carolina

April 2010

The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control's Shoreline Change Advisory Committee proposes policies for shoreline management and provides guidance in this report for future coastal planning in South Carolina. The report is intended to "help clarify longstanding policy, reduce community vulnerabilities, resolve conflicts, improve public and private planning, save money, enhance key resource protections, reduce liabilities, and improve public access; but more generally, to ensure the long-term health of coastal shorelines and vitality of the coastal economy.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control

Resource Category: Planning

 

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South Carolina Hazard Mitigation Plan - 2018 Update

October 2018

The 2018 Update to the South Carolina Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the major natural hazards affecting the state, analyzes risk and vulnerability, and identifies actions to minimize impacts of those hazards. Mitigation actions identified in the plan are based on the Risk Assessment of multiple natural and manmade hazards, including climate impacts, and on the Capability Assessment reviewing the state’s capacity to address the hazards. 

Related Organizations: State of South Carolina

Resource Category: Planning

 

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South Carolina State Climatology Office

The South Carolina State Climatology Office (SCO) was established through legislation in 1986 to provide climatological services to the people of South Carolina. The SCO is housed within the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. SCO's mission is to archive, process, and disseminate South Carolina weather and climate data; to represent South Carolina in all climatological and meteorological matters within and outside the State, to educate the people of South Carolina on current and emerging climate issues; to assist State and Federal agencies in data acquisition and forecast interpretation before, during, and after periods of severe weather; and to conduct research related to weather and climate issues.

 

 

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USGS South Carolina Water Science Center

The USGS South Carolina Water Science Center provides current real-time data on streamflow, water-quality, groundwater, precipitation, and lakes and reservoirs levels from sites throughout South Carolina. The center has historical data on South Carolina's streamflow, ground water, water quality, and other historical information. The center also has numerous publications, data sheets, projects, and scientific reports on a range of hydrological topics.

 

 

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Community Resource Inventory - South Carolina

A community resource inventory is an online mapping atlas of the natural and cultural resources in a community, along with human dimensions information. The human dimensions information includes land parcels, urban areas, and streets and highways. For South Carolina, the Community Resource Inventory-South Carolina (CRI-SC) tool presents these data in an online map for users without traditional geographic information system capabilities. Having a detailed set of inventory maps can assist those who are interested in planning for the effects of sea-level rise in South Carolina.

Related Organizations: Clemson University's Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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