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New York City’s MTA Adaptations to Climate Change – A Categorical Imperative

October 2008

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) commissioned this report, “MTA Adaptations to Climate Change: A Categorical Imperative,” to provide a risk-based framework for adapting MTA facilities to climate change impacts.   The assessment covers the entire MTA region, which includes New York City, 12 counties in southeastern New York, and two counties in southwestern Connecticut. Specifically, the report identifies steps for completing a vulnerability assessment; develops climate change scenarios for the region; conducts an initial survey of key vulnerabilities of MTA assets and operations by agency and type of hazard; and offers recommendations for ways that the MTA can assess critical infrastructure, plan for, and implement climate change adaptation projects.

Related Organizations: New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), City of New York, New York

Authors or Affiliated Users: Klaus Jacob, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Radley Horton, David Major, Vivien Gornitz

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Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State

October 2008

This report, a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a group of independent experts, analyzes climate change-related impacts on key sectors in the state of Pennsylvania. This report summarizes how Pennsylvania's twenty-first century climate is projected to change under two different scenarios, or possible futures, of continued human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases. These scenarios are used in climate models to assess future changes in many sectors across the state.

Related Organizations: Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Sea Level Rise: Technical Guidance for Dorchester County, Maryland

October 2008

This report describes Dorchester County's vulnerability to sea-level rise and specific policy response options. The report follows the outline established in the state's sea-level rise response strategy, including: Vulnerability and Impact Assessment; Long-Range and Comprehensive Planning; Codes, Regulations and Development Standards; and Public Education and Outreach.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program

Author or Affiliated User: Wanda Diane Cole

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Related Organizations: Sustainable South Bronx

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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North Carolina's Coasts in Crisis: A Vision for the Future

October 2008

This report, prepared by two groups at East Carolina University, describes the risks that sea level rise poses for the North Carolina Coast.

Related Organizations: East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (East Carolina University)

Authors or Affiliated Users: S.R. Riggs, S.J. Culver, D.V. Ames, D.J. Mallison, P.R. Corbett, J.P. Walsh

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change: Second Annual Report of the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group

September 2008

This report, prepared by the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group, is the product of a survey that attempted to assess what resources the states' coastal managers need in order to draft and implement climate change adaptation plans. The survey captures where the respondents were in the process of planning for climate change, what resources they would need for planning, and how much these resources would cost. The results place a great deal of focus on the need for technology, as well as mapping and modeling data for the planning process.

Related Organizations: Coastal States Organization (CSO)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Somerset County, Maryland: Rising Sea Level Guidance

September 24, 2008

Somerset County obtained a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to assess the County’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and to review and develop workable revisions to County plans, development codes, and regulations to mitigate the identified impacts. The department created this guidance document for the County.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, RC Quinn Consulting

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Florida: Public Opinion on Climate Change

September 17, 2008

This 2008 study surveyed the perceptions of Florida residents concerning the causes and consequences of climate change as well as potential solutions. The main findings are presented in this report and are intended to aid policy makers, educators, the private sector, and environmental organizations in their planning responses to climate change.

Related Organizations: Yale University, National Science Foundation (NSF), University of Miami

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Kenneth Broad

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change and Chicago: Projections and Potential Impacts

September 2008

This report outlines the accelerating changes in climate that may occur over the coming century, and assesses the projected climate impacts on Chicago's public health system, water resources, natural ecosystems, infrastructure and more. The results of this analysis demonstrate the significance of emissions choices, and how these choices will determine the magnitude of the climate change impacts on Chicago.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Hayhoe, Donald Wuebbles

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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