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Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

December 2013

Prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report presents climate change adaptation actions from transportation agencies across the country, and best practices for implementing adaptive solutions. The report also discusses strategies and provides examples for evaluating the costs and benefits of adaptation.

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National Infrastructure Advisory Council: Strengthening Regional Resilience - Final Report and Recommendations

November 21, 2013

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) resilience research examined the characteristics of a resilient region, increasing climate risks and infrastructure interdependencies, and how resiliency can be built into critical infrastructure sectors. The study focuses on the resilience of “lifeline sectors” (energy, communications, water, and transportation) within regions that have complex multi-state, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-sector interdependencies - and which would have large national impacts if they were to fail.

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Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience: Using the Full Array of Measures

September 2013

This US Army Corps of Engineers report details different measures for reducing coastal flooding and erosion risks, including natural or nature-based features (such as wetlands, dunes, and living shorelines), nonstructural interventions (such as land-use policies, building codes, and early warning systems), and structural measures (such as seawalls, levees, and breakwaters).    

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Sandy Regional Assembly SIRR Analysis

July 2013

This report compiles feedback from the Sandy Regional Assembly, a network of community, environmental, justice, labor and civic groups from New York assessing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan. Their analysis asks if the plan met community-defined priorities and recommendations compiled earlier in 2013.

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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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Cost-Benefit Model Evaluation – Mud Bay Bridge, Puget Sound, Washington

2013

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tested a National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) cost-benefit model by evaluating adaptation options for replacing Mud Bay Bridge on SR101 in Olympia. The bridge serves the community as a major corridor through Olympia and provides access to Interstate-5, the main north-south freeway in Puget Sound. Depending on the rate of sea-level rise in the region under various climate change scenarios, it is anticipated that Mud Bay Bridge will become inundated before 2100.

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New Orleans Evacuspots and Evacuteers Program

2013

The New Orleans non-profit Evacuteer. org installed clearly recognizable public art in “Evacuspots,” New Orleans’ designated emergency evacuation locations, to facilitate public transportation during a mandatory evacuation in advance of a Category three or higher hurricane. Evacuteer. org partners with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to aid in the operation of City Assisted Evacuation (CAE), the city’s free, public evacuation program to assist residents without their own means of transportation.

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Looking Up: How Green Roofs and Cool Roofs Can Reduce Energy Use, Address Climate Change, and Protect Water Resources in Southern California

June 2012

This report shares the results of a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, on the many benefits of green roofs and cool roofs for communities in southern California.    Some of those benefits are quantified, including building cooling energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and, for green roofs, stormwater volume reduction. Policy recommendations to achieve these benefits are provided as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Garrison, Cara Horowitz, Chris Ann Lunghino

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USGS Integrated Watershed Scale Response to Global Change in Selected Basins Across the United States

May 16, 2012

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has utilized water availability models to project local-level climate change impacts in 14 water basins. To determine the sensitivity and potential effect of long-term climate change on the freshwater resources of the U. S. , the USGS Global Change study, “An integrated watershed scale response to global change in selected basins across the United States” was started in 2008 and published its results in 2012. The long-term goal of this study is to provide the foundation for hydrologically based climate change studies across the nation.

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Transportation During and After Hurricane Sandy (New York, New Jersey)

November 2012

This report details the efforts New York and New Jersey took to prepare for impacts to the transportation system before Hurricane Sandy, and measures state and local entities took after the storm to restore service and to improve the system. Although the report does not talk about climate change specifically, the measures discussed could be used to increase the resilience of transportation systems to extreme weather and impacts of climate change. The report also details investments that state and local entities could make to increase the resilience of transportation system such as installing backup power for subway pumps, increasing the use of porous pavements in flood-prone areas, and locating generators and fuel sources above flood elevations or out of floodplains.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sarah Kaufman, Carson Qing, Nolan Levenson, Melinda Hanson

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