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Preparing for the Storm: Recommendations for Management of Risk from Coastal Hazards in Massachusetts

May 2007

Launched by the Romney Administration and the state legislature in 2006, the role of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Hazards Commission (CHC) is to review existing coastal hazards practices and policies, identify data and information gaps, and make recommendations for administrative, regulatory, and statutory changes. The Commission released this report to summarize its findings after it reviewed coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise, hurricanes, northeasters and reduced sediment supply; moreover, it evaluated existing policies, potential knowledge gaps, and developed potential adaptation policies.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

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Cities Preparing for Climate Change: A Study of Six Urban Regions

May 2007

To continue adaptation efforts for Toronto and provide support to other Canadian cities and municipalities, the Clean Air Partnership made site visits to six municipalities that, at the time, were considered “early adopters” or “early responders” on adaptation and prepared this report on the lessons for other cities from their experiences. The study provides lessons from the experience of six cities that have developed adaptation plans including London, New York, Boston, Halifax, Vancouver, and Seattle.

Related Organizations: The Clean Air Partnership, City of Toronto; Ontario, Canada

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eva Ligeti, Jennifer Penney, Ireen Wieditz

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook

May 2007

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have collaborated in producing this handbook. The handbook introduces local officials and concerned citizens to No Adverse Impact (NAI) concepts, and suggests how a coastal community can use the NAI approach to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their coastal environments.

Related Organizations: Association of State Floodplain Managers, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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GreenLA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming (Los Angeles, California)

May 2007

GreenLA is the City of Los Angeles, California's climate action plan that was published in 2007. While focused on mitigation, the plan contains a short adaptation section that addresses disaster preparedness, water security, fire preparedness, reducing the heat island effect, and protecting public health in Loas Angeles.

Related Organizations: City of Los Angeles, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Science and Decision Making

April 2007

This article focuses on understanding the science of climate change and how such understanding might better contribute to decision processes and the design of decision support tools. An increasing emphasis on adaptation demands greater efforts to understand the diversity of users (e.g. emergency planners, water resource managers, policy analysts, and farmers) and their evolving climate information needs. 

Related Organizations: Carolinas Integrative Sciences and Assessments (CISA) - RISA

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kirstin Dow, Gregory Carbone

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.07

April 20, 2007

Signed in 2007 by Governor O'Malley, this Executive Order established a Climate Change Commission to advise the Governor on matters related to climate change, and tasked the Commission to develop a climate change "Plan of Action" to prepare for climate impacts on Maryland. The Order creates an Adaptation and Response Working Group to develop a Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Climate Change Vulnerability, to include recommended strategies for reducing the vulnerability of the State's coastal, natural and cultural resources and communities to the impacts of climate change, with an initial focus on sea level rise and coastal hazards (e.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

April 1, 2007

This strategic assessment report articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1) What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States. 2) What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America's national security interests.

Related Organizations: Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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King County, Washington Climate Plan 2007

February 2007

This 2007 report provides an overview of King County’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. Major accomplishments in 2007 include the development of a vulnerable facilities inventory for divisions responsible for long-term asset management, the adoption of the King County Flood Control Zone District, and discussions of how to prepare for intense storm events and identify flood system co-benefits for public health and environmental quality.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife

February 6, 2007

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Pervaze A. Sheikh; M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, Peter Folger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program

In coordination with The Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU), the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program (LRAP) is designed to collect, develop, house, and disseminate current planning efforts, resources, and local best practices to promote, assist, and build networks around resiliency planning in Louisiana.

Related Organizations: LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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