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City of Santa Barbara, California Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Study

July 2012

This study assesses the vulnerability of the City of Santa Barbara to future sea. level rise and related coastal hazards (by 2050 and 2100). It also evaluates the likely impacts of coastal hazards to specific areas of the City, analyzes their risks and the City’s ability to respond, and recommends potential adaptation responses. This white paper was prepared by the University of California, Santa Cruz - which is a part of a larger study funded by the Public Interest Environmental Research Program of the California Energy Commission.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gary Griggs, Nicole Russel

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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 brief summary report on the 2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study, California's third major assessment on climate change.  Our Changing Climate 2012 used climate projections and refined topographic, demographic and land use information to identify California's primary vulnerabilities to climate change. The report describes extreme heat impacts on public health and vulnerable populations, water supply and management, energy sector risks of wildfire on transmission and drought to hydropower, sea level rise and coastal storms, the increasing risks of California's ecosystems and species to wildfire, and agriculture's vulnerabilities and potential for adaptation.

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

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Florida Forever Land Acquisition Program

In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida Forever Act that established the Florida Forever land acquisition and protection program. The Florida Forever program serves as the state’s blueprint for conservation of natural resources. Through the Florida Forever program, the state is implementing effective land acquisition and preservation strategies supported by mapping tools and ecological data that help the state conduct scientific review and establish conservation priorities based upon climate change risks. Florida’s state legislature prioritized climate change considerations in the Florida Forever Act (Florida Stat. ch. 259.105(17)(d) (2018)) by requiring the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands to evaluate lands for acquisition based on their potential benefits to sequester carbon or adapt to climate change impacts, among other criteria. Florida Forever can serve as an example of how other governments and partners can incorporate climate change into land acquisition programs to enhance adaptation and natural resource conservation. 

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) West Coast Adaptation Peer Exchange

June 13, 2011

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) West Coast Climate Change Adaptation Peer Exchange gave transportation officials from western states an opportunity to learn more about climate impacts on transportation assets and plan for improved resilience. The participants in the exchange, California DOT (Caltrans), Oregon DOT (ODOT), and Washington State DOT (WSDOT), collaborated on strategies for assessing risks related to climate change, incorporating adaptation into asset management and operations, and communicating about the need for adaptation.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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San Francisquito Creek Sea Level Rise Case Study

2011

Communities along the San Francisquito creek, along with many others in the Bay Area of California, are facing increased flood risk from sea level rise, while existing flood protection challenges are projected to be exacerbated. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA), covering a 30,000 acre watershed, has sought to address these challenges by working to simultaneously improve flood protection, recreational opportunities and habitat benefits to multiple communities. The SFCJPA San Francisco Bay to Highway 101 flood protection project is designed to protect against a 100-year San Franciscquito creek flow event happening at the same time as a 100-year high tide event that is marked by a sea level rise of 26 inches.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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San Francisco Bay: Preparing for the Next Level

September 21, 2009

This report details the results of a pilot project in which researchers from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Netherlands (as part of the Delta Alliance) came together to study possible adaptation measures to address sea-level rise in the Bay.

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EPA Greening America's Communities Program

2010

Greening America's Communities (formerly known as Greening America's Capitals) is a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program to help cities and towns plan for environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies. In collaboration with U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA provides design assistance to help support sustainable communities that protect the environment, economy, and public health - and to inspire state leaders to expand this work elsewhere.

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Maryland GreenPrint and Program Open Space

Through GreenPrint and Program Open Space, the State of Maryland has established a set of land conservation and acquisition data tools and programs to protect open space, environmental resources, and rural lands to meet statewide ecological objectives. The tools and programs are used to help the state adapt to climate change by removing barriers to the inland migration of coastal ecosystems in response to impacts like sea-level rise and land loss. Specifically, a statewide mapping tool called Maryland GreenPrint, which displays lands and watersheds of high ecological value, supports prioritized and transparent decision making, and increased resilience for vulnerable coastal habitats.

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Land Acquisition and Restoration Projects in the Greens Bayou Watershed in Harris County, Texas: Greens WetBank and Bayou Greenways 2020

In Texas, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and other local partners, including the nonprofit Houston Parks Board, are implementing different land acquisition, restoration, and conservation projects in the Greens Bayou watershed in Harris County and the City of Houston. Two programs and initiatives include the Greens Bayou Mitigation Bank (Greens WetBank) and Bayou Greenways 2020. The Greens WetBank is a wetland mitigation bank on nearly 1,000 acres of land in Harris County, where HCFCD restores wetlands and generates revenue by selling “wetland credits” to developers who need to offset wetland losses at locations outside the Greens WetBank’s land in Harris County. In addition, Bayou Greenways 2020 is a large-scale, public-private initiative led by Houston Parks Board to create 150 miles of greenways and trails and an additional 3,000 acres of public greenspace along Houston’s major bayous through land acquisition and conservation efforts. Bayou Greenways 2020 has been the result of an extensive community engagement campaign and funding leveraged from federal, state, local, and private sources to create local parks and open spaces in Houston. Greens WetBank and Bayou Greenways 2020 are examples of how comprehensive land acquisition, restoration, and conservation actions can increase local resilience in a specific watershed by mitigating future flood risks, enhancing the environment, and creating community assets. Other jurisdictions could consider a similar model to coordinate future land uses in a watershed with climate adaptation, including managed retreat strategies, hazard reduction, and natural resource and open space management. 

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Prioritizing Local Climate Adaptation through Regional Collaboration on Maryland's Eastern Shore

July 2017

Focused on the Eastern Shore region of Maryland, this white paper makes the case that preparing for and adapting to climate change impacts should be a priority for local governments. The paper also describes the benefits of regional collaboration and the consequences of inaction, and offers recommendations on how to prioritize local adaptation. This report was prepared for the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership (ESCAP) by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.   

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

Resource Category: Planning

 

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