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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

Developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study discusses how the City of Austin, Texas agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a climate adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

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U.S. Department of Transportation's Gulf Coast Study

January 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation conducted the Gulf Coast Study to better understand the range of potential climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure and identify possible strategies for adapting infrastructure. It was conducted in two major phases, starting with Phase 1 (completed in 2008), and ending with the completion of Phase 2 in 2015.

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Central Texas Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Regional Transportation Infrastructure

January 2015

Led by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin, Texas, this assessment is one of 19 national projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. Using the Department of Transportation’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool, the report evaluates the vulnerability of nine critical transportation assets – including Austin’s MetroRail Red Line and interstate highways – to climate stressors such as flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and icing.

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Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

October 2014

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the threat of tidal flooding in the East Coast and Gulf regions and offers steps that communities can take to adapt. The report makes the case that tidal flooding, currently just considered a nuisance, could become a daily or weekly occurrence, redefining how and where people along the coast “live, work, play, and move through their daily lives. " Data was collected in 52 locations to provide projections for sea level rise and tidal flooding in the region until 2045.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Melanie Fitzpatrick, Kristina Dahl

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Houston-Galveston, Texas: Observed Trends and Projected Future Conditions

October 2014

This brief report summarizes the vulnerabilities of the Houston-Galveston region of Texas to climate change. It was prepared after a 2-day workshop that looked at observed and projected impacts related to rising sea levels, storm surge, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. The report describes the unique characteristics of the region and these projected impacts.

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Toward a Climate-Resilient Austin

May 1, 2014

This report initiates the City’s planning process for climate adaptation and resiliency for Austin, Texas; which was commissioned by the Austin City Council. Drawing on climate projections for Central Texas, the report includes a preliminary analysis of Austin’s climate-related threats and potential impacts to the operations and assets of nine city departments. Final recommendations are provided, focused on improving climate projections and vulnerability assessments, integrating resilience strategies within departmental planning, and coordinating with regional partners.

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook

May 2013

Produced by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), this guidebook aims to ensure the viability of the marine and boating businesses in the Gulf states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas facing extreme weather, sea level rise, flooding and erosion. The goal of the Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook is to provide uniform standards for the resiliency of marinas across the Gulf’s coastal states and to complement existing Clean Marina Programs in these states. A Resilient Marina Task Force was developed with members representing state coastal zone management programs as well as Sea Grant universities from each of the participating GOMA states.

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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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Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast

June 2012

This report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) reviews observed and projected changes for the Gulf Coast regional climate hazards, as well as potential impacts and adaptation options. It specifically details the impacts from sea level rise, wetland loss and hurricanes, and further examines the risks that climate change poses to the region’s energy and fishing industries. The report concludes that climate impacts are already occurring across these sectors, and outlines adaptation measures that can be implemented, while reducing the region’s vulnerability and the costs associated with future impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hal Needman, David Brown, Lynne Carter

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