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IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C - Summary for Policymakers

October 8, 2018

The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) in 2015 responds to climate change by “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1. 5°C above pre-industrial levels. ” In turn, the UNFCCC invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide this Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1. 5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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

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Conserving California’s Coastal Habitats - A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise

March 15, 2018

The Nature Conservancy in California and the California State Coastal Conservancy collaborated on this sea level rise vulnerability assessment of California’s coastal habitats, imperiled species, and conservation lands. This study is the first of its kind to assess the sea level rise vulnerability of all coastal habitats along the entire coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Vulnerability results were used to develop key strategies to protect coastal habitats and at-risk species from sea level rise and other stressors, as well as determine new priority areas to preserve these habitats.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California State Coastal Conservancy

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NOAA 2017 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2018 Outlook

June 6, 2018

NOAA has produced this annual update of the state of coastal high tide flooding every year since 2014. This type of flooding occurs when water levels measured at NOAA tide gauges exceed heights based on the national flooding thresholds that are released in February by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. This report updates high tide flood frequencies during 2017 (based on the meteorological year: May 2017-April 2018) at 98 NOAA tide gauges, and provides a statistical outlook for 2018 (May 2018 - April 2019).

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate 

July 2018

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) researched the impact of sea level rise tidal flooding on coastal real estate, for the entire coastline of the lower 48 states. The study identified the number of residential and commercial properties at risk of chronic inundation, including the total current property value, estimated population, and property tax base affected. UCS determines that some coastal real estate markets will not likely recover under high future GHG emissions scenarios in which sea levels rise greatly; and the number of properties facing chronic inundation is much reduced under low emissions scenarios.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership Resilience Assessment

November 2018

The Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership (TRRP) is a joint project of municipalities and counties in the “Triangle Region” of North Carolina including the Town of Cary, Town of Chapel Hill, City of Durham, City of Raleigh, Durham County, and Orange County. The first project of the Partnership was a resiliency assessment of the area’s assets and risks - in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) and the Triangle J Council of Governments.

Related Organizations: Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership, UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karin Rogers, Nina Hall

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Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation

July 2018

This resource guide was developed through the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). The guide supports planners and decisionmakers in defining or identifying vulnerable communities in a climate change adaptation context.  The report offers a summary of existing statewide climate vulnerability assessment tools to identify these frontline communities, and additional indicators that could be used to assess underlying vulnerability.

Related Organizations: California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science

April 2017

This report is a synthesis of the current state of the science on sea-level rise and updated projections for California - produced by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Science Advisory Team, supported and convened by the California Ocean Science Trust.  The date in this report provides the scientific foundation for updating California’s statewide sea-level rise policy guidance - the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The Guidance documented was updated in 2018 to reflect the recent advances in science around ice loss science and sea-level rise found in this assessment.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change.

Related Organizations: The Center for Responsible Travel

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

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Expanding vulnerability assessment for public lands: The social complement to ecological approaches

January 25, 2017

This report addresses how to measure the social vulnerability of rural populations in the context of public lands management, with an focus on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Recognizing the need to better understand the climate vulnerabilities of those individuals and communities that depend upon resources managed on public lands, and the array of public land uses, federal agencies are asked to take into account both the needs and environmental impacts of human activities.  The paper highlights existing approaches to social vulnerability assessments and presents design principles for holistic social-ecological vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, Western State Colorado University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shannon M. McNeeley, Trevor L. Even, John B.M. Gioia, Corrine N. Knapp, Tyler A. Beeton

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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