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NCAR Nested Regional Climate Model

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has created computer models to study many aspects of atmospheric and earth system phenomena. The Nested Regional Climate Model (NRCM) combines the strengths of NCAR's Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and NCAR's Community Climate System Model (CCSM) into an instrument that will improve the understanding and prediction of regional climate variability and change. In particular, embedding WRF within CCSM will allow scientists to resolve processes that occur at the regional scale, as well as the influence of those processes on the large-scale climate, thereby improving the fidelity of climate change simulations and their utility for local and regional planning.

Related Organizations: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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Pacific Northwest Science Update

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Science Update is a periodical published several times a year by the U.S. Forest Service PNW Research Station. This series contributes scientific knowledge about natural resource and environmental issues, and the website provides archived PDFs of each PNW Science Update. Notable issues include Issue 6: Western Forest, Fire Risk and Climate Change; and Issue 17: Changing with the Climate.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

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Coastal Inundation Mapping (training)

This two-day training course for floodplain managers, National Weather Service personnel, and county, state, and municipal officials (including planners, emergency managers, and coastal resource managers) provides an overview of flood and inundation mapping methods. The course also covers basic planning issues created by coastal inundation. .

Related Organizations: National Weather Service, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

Coastal Zone Management Administration formula grants and project grants are awarded to assist any coastal state, including those that border the Great Lakes and non-continental U.S. territories, in implementing and enhancing coastal zone management and related programs that have been approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Strategies in New York State

The “Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State" project was undertaken by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) ClimAID science team.   The vulnerability assessment considers the effects of climate change on New York, including rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, and changing weather patterns. The project draws upon both local experience and scientific knowledge by involving numerous stakeholders in eight key sectors: agriculture, communications, ecosystems, energy, ocean coastal zones, public health, transportation, and water resources.

Related Organizations: Columbia University, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Cornell University, The City University of New York

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves Project Grants

Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves project grants are awarded to coastal states, including those that border the Great Lakes and non-continental U. S. territories, to assist in the development, acquisition, monitoring, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves. These grants are provided for the purpose of creating natural field laboratories to gather data and make studies of, and educate people about the natural and human processes occurring within the estuaries of the coastal zone.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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FEMA Community Assistance Program - State Support Services Element

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Community Assistance Program - State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE) provides, through a State grant mechanism, a means to ensure that communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are achieving flood loss reduction goals of the NFIP. CAP-SSSE funds are to be used by States to provide technical assistance to NFIP communities, to evaluate community implementation/ performance of NFIP floodplain management activities, and to build State and community floodplain management expertise and capacity.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Santa Clara Valley Water District Climate Change Portal

This web portal allows users to search for reports and other technical literature on the subject of climate change. Although focused on the Santa Clara Valley in California, the portal draws from state, local, and national reports from across the country and is thus useful to state and local governments across the country. Users can search for reports based on topics (including adaptation), date, and keyword. There are also special links to reports and websites on sea-level rise, groundwater, and climate change.

Related Organizations: Santa Clara Valley Water District

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting

The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting program provides western states and Alaska with information on future water supplies (January - June for the current year). USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff collect and analyze data on depth and water equivalent of the snowpack at more than 1,200 mountain sites and estimate annual water availability, spring runoff, and summer streamflows. Individuals, organizations, and state and federal agencies use these forecasts for decisions relating to agricultural production, fish and wildlife management, municipal and industrial water supply, urban development, flood control, recreation power generation, and water quality management.

Related Organizations: National Weather Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Sustainable Cities Institute

The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) provides cities and sustainability professionals with timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance their goals and strengthen their communities. The SCI website provides robust collections of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools to provide elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders with a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics including: Transit-oriented Development, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, Energy Conservation and Efficiency, and Community Engagement.

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