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IPCC Special Report- Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) - Summary for Policymakers

March 28, 2012

This Special Report explores the social as well as physical dimensions of weather- and climate-related disasters, considering opportunities for managing risks at local to international scales. The report was developed to offer a greater understanding of the human and economic costs of natural disasters and the physical and social patterns that cause them. The Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), tailored to decision-makers with concise conclusions and strategies.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Surging Seas: Sea level rise, Storms and Global Warming’s Threat to the US Coast

March 14, 2012

This report from Climate Central analyzes how sea level rise caused by global warming is compounding the risk from storm surges throughout the coastal contiguous U.S. It is the first study to generate local and national estimates of the land, housing and population in vulnerable low-lying areas, and associate this information with flood risk timelines.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Strauss, Claudia Tebaldi, Remik Ziemlinski

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Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability and Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California

2012

Produced by the California Institute of Energy and the Environment based in the University of California, this is a sixteen page summary report on the '2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study', California's third major assessment on climate change. The Third Assessment is provided by the California Energy Commission and its Climate Change Center (CCCC).

Related Organizations: California Climate Change Center (CCCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Julia Ekstrom, Guido Franco

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Foundations for Community Climate Action: Defining Climate Change Vulnerability in Detroit

December 2012

The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) partnered with University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to assess climate change vulnerability in Detroit, Michigan - and the results are presented in this report. A Vulnerability Assessment is included which identifies places and populations in Detroit that are at risk from specific climate impacts, with a focus on extreme heat and flooding. An overlay of the socio-economic demographics was added to help prioritize the populations that may experience the greatest vulnerability.

Related Organizations: Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, University of Michigan

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Gregg, Peter McGrath, Sarah Nowaczyk, Karen Spangler, Taylor Traub, Ben VanGessel

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Climate and Health - Understanding the Risk: An Assessment of San Francisco’s Vulnerability to Extreme Heat Events

2013

The San Francisco Department of Public Health was awarded funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an environmental health assessment of vulnerability to heat waves and air quality. This report provides an overview of the health department’s study of heat distribution, and predictions of neighborhoods that are especially vulnerable to extreme heat in San Francisco, California. The assessment will inform climate change adaptation planning efforts including a heat wave disaster response plan.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Department of Public Health

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California Third Climate Change Assessment: 2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study

July 31, 2012

The '2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study' is California's third major assessment on climate change. California produces periodic scientific assessments on the potential impacts of climate change on the state, and reports potential adaptation responses. Required by Executive Order #S-03-05, these assessments influence legislation and inform policy makers. The Third California Climate Change Assessment is a compilation of 37 reports which outline local and statewide vulnerabilities to climate change, for the energy, water, agriculture, public health, coastal, transportation, and ecological resource sectors.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure

January 2012

This report provides a methodology for assessing the impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) on Florida transportation infrastructure. The report analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of forecasting SLR in Florida and provides recommendations for how those methods should be used by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The report also provides recommendations for identifying vulnerable transportation assets and addressing potential impacts of SLR to those assets. After this methodology was developed, FDOT funded a subsequent project to develop a GIS-based planning tool that aids in statewide and regional assessments of transportation asset vulnerability to SLR.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

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Climate Change and Public Health in Utah

2012

This report provides an overview and description of the influence of environmental factors on climate change and public health in Utah, along with information about what can be done personally to protect health and reduce the risks of climate change. This report was developed by Utah's Environmental Epidemiology Program within the Division of Disease Control and Prevention with collaboration from other state agencies.  

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Climate Vulnerability Monitor

2012

The Climate Vulnerability Monitor (2nd Ed. ) measures the global impact of climate change and the carbon economy at a national level. It calculates and compares the vulnerability for 184 countries in four areas of impact (environmental disasters, habitat change, health impact and industry stress) using 34 climate and carbon related indicators. The report is the second to be issued by an ongoing international research program on climate-related vulnerability mandated to the independent humanitarian and development research organization, DARA.

Related Organizations: DARA

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EPA Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Approach Using Expert Judgment, Volume I: Results for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (Final Report)

January 2012

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) have been collaborating with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on an ecologic vulnerability assessment of the San Francisco estuary system to climate change under EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Program.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Estuary Partnership, U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

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