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Rhode Island Rising: A Plan for People, Places, and Prosperity

December 2014

From the Rhode Island state government, this plan outlines the state’s long term vision for economic development. The majority of this plan is dedicated to general economic development concerns such as income, job growth, and regulations, but it also contains a substantial section focused on climate adaptation (Goal 5, pgs. 97-115). Rising air and water temperatures, increasing precipitation, extreme weather, and sea level rise were identified as significant climate threats to Rhode Island’s economy.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island State Planning Program

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Eastern Shore of Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Inundation Vulnerability Assessment

May 2015

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation, conducted a study in 2014 - 2015 to determine which transportation infrastructure in the Eastern Shore region is at risk to inundation from sea-level rise. This area is known to be extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise, and the research found that it will have increasingly significant impacts on transportation infrastructure, along with local communities, facilities, and economies.

Related Organizations: Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

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Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Support Tool

Coastal Resilience is web-based mapping tool designed to help communities understand their vulnerability from coastal hazards, reduce their risk and determine the value of nature-based solutions - and is the global network of practitioners who are applying this approach. 

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

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MARCO: Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center developed by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). The Data Portal serves as a platform to engage all stakeholders in the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states, putting all of the essential data and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, industry, community leaders, and stakeholders engaged in ocean planning.

Related Organizations: Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

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Regional Adaptation Collaborative Toolkit

From the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), the Regional Collaborative Toolkit provides a framework for forming a regional adaptation network; guidance for structuring a regional collaborative; and insights into effective governance mechanisms for engaging local, regional, state, and national stakeholders in adoption of new collaborative relationships.

Related Organizations: Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), Local Government Commission (LGC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael McCormick, Kif Scheuer, Julia Kim

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Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) is a numerical modeling system used to predict coastal flooding due to climate change-driven sea-level rise and storms. CoSMos provides explicit, deterministic modeling of all the relevant physics (e. g. , tides, waves, surge) of a coastal storm scaled down to local flood resolution projections. The system provides coastal planners and emergency managers with hazard information to inform coastal management, mitigate physical damage, and enhance public safety.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

FEMA's Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio collects and publishes examples of successful hazard mitigation and best practices for use by individuals and communities to reduce or prevent damage during disasters.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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