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Florida “Sacrificial” Roads Projects

2007

Recognizing the increasing maintenance and replacement costs for coastal roads in Florida due to more frequent flooding and storm surge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL), assisted the National Park Service and other partners designing specific roads that are prone to be frequently washed out to have minimal environmental impact. Rising sea levels and coastal storms, which are projected to increase in intensity as a result of climate change, are creating more challenges for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure along coastal shorelines.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

Related Organizations: PB Consult, Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change

November 2006

This paper is intended to “provide a broad conceptual framework for the possible role and objectives of standards and guidelines for the planning, design and construction of the transportation infrastructure under the assumption that climate change is occurring and will impact U.S. transportation.”

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Author or Affiliated User: Michael D. Meyer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change

October 2006

This report provides a “how to” guide and six detailed case studies to assist companies in developing a strategy to mitigate climate change related risk. The report also offers perspective on corporate views on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, government assistance for technology advancement, and other business related policy issues. Findings are the result of research and best practices from 31 corporations surveyed by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions or C2ES).

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Author or Affiliated User: Andrew Hoffman

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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District of Columbia's RiverSmart Program

2006

Washington D. C. ’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers a variety of "RiverSmart" programs to fund projects that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The programs provide financial incentives, in the form of grants and rebates, to fund green infrastructure projects that reduce and treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Although the RiverSmart program was developed to help the District address water pollution from stormwater runoff, it also supports climate resilience by diverting rainwater from the city’s stormwater system to manage increasingly heavy rainfall events.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region

August 14, 2006

The Tampa Bay region on the west coast of Florida has nearly 700 miles of shoreline susceptible to climate accelerated sea level rise. This draft report provides an overview of the sea level rise projections as understood in 2006, and describes federal, state and local level policies that relate to sea level rise planning. Maps were developed for each of the region’s four counties to demonstrate potential sea level rise projections, along with wetland mapping and “protection scenarios” delineating the likelihood of structural defensive measures (hard or soft) for the remaining coastline.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Long Beach, Mississippi Concept Plan – Oak Park

August 2006

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and significant property destruction, the city of Long Beach, MS developed a proposed comprehensive plan for the city that included a concept for a new public green space called Oak Park to buffer the downtown area from storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.   The plan placed the park between a new roadway to the north and the coastline and Highway 90, which would be redesigned, to the south.  The plan was designed to both revitalize the town aesthetically and provide natural protection for residents from storm events.

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The Impact of Climate Change on New Mexico's Water Supply and Ability to Manage Water Resources

July 2006

The intent of this report is to increase awareness of, and support for, the integration of climate change into existing water management planning efforts and operations. This report reviews the climate science and related impacts on New Mexico's water resources; provides adaptive management strategies for sustainable use of current water supplies; and offers information on integrating effects of climate change into water operations and management planning. .

Related Organizations: New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission

Author or Affiliated User: John. R. D'Antonio

Resource Category: Planning

 

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East Hampton, New York Coastal Erosion Overlay District

July 2006

Adopted by the Town of East Hampton, New York in 2006, this ordinance (Town of East Hampton Code, Section 255-3-80) includes provisions, among others, to create a Coastal Erosion Overlay District to protect the town's coastline from the effects of coastal erosion measures (i. e. , projects designed to control or prevent coastal flooding and erosion and adjacent upland areas, including coastal ecosystems) in areas at risk of flooding and erosion. The town's natural resources include wetlands, watercourses, tidal waters, natural drainage areas, watersheds, and water recharge areas, as well as beaches, dunes, bluffs, and other coastal features.

Related Organizations: Town of East Hampton, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change & Aspen: An Assessment of Impacts and Potential Responses

July 2006

Adopted by the City of Aspen, Colorado in 2006, this report includes an assessment of possible climate change impacts to the city, provides an greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the city, sets emissions reductions goals, and facilitates coordination on climate action between city agencies and private entities. The assessment focuses on climate impacts on mountain snow, Aspen's ecology and ecosystem processes, socioeconomics of the ski industry, and the streamflow of the Roaring Fork River which provides municipal water supplies.

Related Organizations: Aspen Global Change Institute, City of Aspen

Resource Category: Planning

 

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