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America's Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

May 15, 2013

With the support of Veolia Water, this study was conducted by Columbia University’s Water Center, examining the nation's water supply, and how climate could affect vulnerability to short and long term droughts.

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Shi, Naresh Devineni, Upmanu Lall, Edwin Piñero

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FHWA Climate Change Resilience Pilots

May 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. This pilot program is being jointly sponsored by the FHWA Office of Environment, Planning and Realty, and the Office of Infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project: An Evaluation of the Utility of Fine-Scale, Downscaled Climate Projections for Connectivity Conservation Planning

June 2013

This study, conducted by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, analyzed the usefulness of downscaled temperature and precipitation projections for informing habitat connectivity conservation planning. The goal of the study was to determine whether downscaled climate projections could help identify habitat corridors that are most resilient to climate change and should be prioritized for conservation investment decisions.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Transportation

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Summary of Potential Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Strategies in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C.)

June 2013

Subtitled 'A synopsis of lessons learned from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COGs') climate adaptation planning initiatives from 2010 - 2012,' this report is intended to identify effects of climate change in the region, and encourage local resiliency planning. This is part of an ongoing project with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Sustainable Communities to create an EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation. The report summarizes key information that has been learned throughout the process of working with EPA, stakeholders and climate experts on the development of the guidebook.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maia Davis, Amanda Campbell

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Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)Insurance Industry

June 2013

This report from the Geneva Association gives an overview of the detected changes in the oceans and their impact on extreme events and hazard probabilities over the last few decades. It summarizes the changes in risk management strategies that (re)insurance companies can implement in order to address the new situation appropriately, comply with regulatory requirements and ultimately improve their ratings. 

Related Organizations: The Geneva Association

Author or Affiliated User: Falk Niehörster

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Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

August 2013

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States and between 2003 and 2012 - with an estimated 679 widespread power outages to have occurred due to severe weather during this time frame. The number of outages caused by severe weather is expected to rise as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Department of Energy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Managing Coastal Watersheds to Address Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options for the Middle Patuxent Subwatershed of the Chesapeake Bay

August 2013

The purpose of this project and report is to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners to address climate change impacts in the Chesapeake Bay, focusing on how to integrate climate change into coastal restoration and conservation activities. To do this, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) worked with NOAA, a panel, and technical experts to identify climate change impacts for the Middle Patuxent sub-watershed and developed options for adapting restoration and conservation practices to address those impacts.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

August 2013

This article, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, quantifies present and future flood losses in the world’s largest 136 coastal cities. The researchers conclude that the world’s coastal cities cannot afford to ignore adaptation measures and policies in the face of increasing climate-related flood losses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephane Hallegatte, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, Jan Corfee-Morlot

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Homeowners' Insurance Changes in Coastal Virginia: Causes and consequences for shoreline communities

July 2013

This study reviews the extent to which the private insurance industry may influence adaptation to climate change along Virginia’s tidal shoreline through homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is becoming more costly along the Atlantic Coast and coverage is changing, especially for wind damage. This year-long study by Wetlands Watch explored the private sector perceptions on sea level rise and climate adaptation, examines the specific drivers behind increasing insurance rates, and provides plausible adaptive actions in response to these increasing rates.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shannon Hulst

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Preparing for the Rising Tide (Boston, Massachusetts)

February 5, 2013

From The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA), this report outlines climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of the Boston coastline, and provides recommendations for preparation, resiliency, and adaptation for the public and private sector. The report includes an overview of predicted climate impacts in New England, an analysis of Boston's preparedness for climate change, an assessment of Boston's vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise, and two site-specific vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dr. Ellen Douglas, Paul Kirshen, Julie Wormser, Vivien Li, Chris Watson

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