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Heat Island Effect Portal

This website provides information on the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. Look under the "Where You Live" section to see specific strategies and initiatives implemented by states and localities. Strategies fall into four primary categories: cool roofs, cool pavement, green roofs, and urban landscaping. Initiatives are specific policy mechanisms, such as building codes, comprehensive plans, demonstration projects, incentives, landscape ordinances, state implementation plans, and zoning codes.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Pacific Northwest Climate Maps

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) provides these maps to show how four important parameters of climate - temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and soil moisture - vary over time in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) as a result of natural climate variability and climate change. These maps show climate anomalies associated with different patterns of climate variability compared to average conditions during 1915-2003. The data are derived from historical climate measurements, global climate model simulations, and a spatially-distributed hydrology model.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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PRECIS Regional Climate Modeling System

PRECIS stands for "Providing Regional Climates for Impacts Studies". This regional climate modeling (RCM) system was developed at the Hadley Centre at the UK Met Office, and is designed to run on a PC under Linux. PRECIS (pronounced PRAY-sea) helps generate high-resolution climate change information for as many regions of the world as possible, in order to support the generation of climate change scenarios for scientific and planning needs, such as impact and vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: Met Office Hadley Centre

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program (CFDA Number: 97. 047) provides funding to support states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. This program promotes implementation of activities designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction to property from natural hazards.  PDM grants are to be awarded on a competitive basis and without reference to state allocations, quotas, or other formula-based allocation of funds.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Public Assistance Grant Program

The objective of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations to enable communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings (NOAA Training)

Provided by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, this two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Regional Wetland Program Development Grants

Regional Wetland Program Development Grants assist State, Tribal, and local government agencies, as well as interstate/intertribal entities in building programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of the grants are to build state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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FEMA Repetitive Flood Claims Program

The Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) grant program makes up to $10 million available annually for FEMA to provide RFC funds to states and communities to assist them in reducing flood damages to insured properties that have had one or more claims with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Sea Level Rise Visualization for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

This online map displays those areas that will be submerged during high tide as the result of sea- level rise on the Alabama, Mississippi, and part of Florida's coasts  Populations, roads, infrastructure (ie., airports) and other viewing options are available to assess the areas at risk of inundation under different scenarios (1 meter, 2,3,4,5).

Related Organizations: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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FEMA Severe Repetitive Loss Program

The Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) grant program provides funding to states, territories, and local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to severe repetitive loss (SRL) of structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Eligible activities under this program include: acquisition and relocation of at-risk structures and the conversion of property to open space; elevation of existing structures to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) or an ABFE Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) or higher (for the SRL program Mitigation Reconstruction is only permitted when traditional elevation cannot be implemented); minor physical localized flood control projects; and dry-flood proofing (historic properties only).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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