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Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report (NCHRP Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2)

August 2014

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report provides guidance on adaptation strategies to the likely impacts of climate change through 2050 in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure assets in the United States (and through 2100 for sea-level rise).

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Dorney, Michael Flood, Robert Hyman, Jake Keller, Ken Leonard, Justin Lennon, Gary McVoy, Michael Meyer, Joel Smith

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk - 2014 Update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy

July 31, 2014

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2014 and again in 2018. The 2014 Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

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Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 (Washington D.C.)

July 29, 2014

Two major packages of legislation directly supporting Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 'Sustainable DC' initiative have been adopted. The ‘Sustainable DC Act of 2012’ was signed into law January 2013, and the ‘Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014’ on July 29, 2014.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

July 29, 2014

From the Executive Office of the President Council of Economic Advisers, this report examines the economic consequences of delaying the implementation of climate change mitigation policies, and in turn, demonstrates the comparative net benefits of implementing such policies without delay. 

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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The National Map: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

July 18, 2014

The Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other Federal agencies have launched a 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) partnership to develop advanced 3-dimensional mapping data of the United States. These data and related tools will be used in the areas of flood risk management, water resource planning, mitigation of coastal erosion and storm surge impacts, and identification of landslide hazards - as "an essential component of supporting action on climate resilience."

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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New York Community Risk and Resiliency Act (S06617B)

September 22, 2014

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act on September 22, 2014. The legislation requires the impacts of extreme weather – such as storm surge, sea-level rise, and flooding – to be considered in some state permitting and funding decisions. The Act advances a number of important recommendations of the NYS 2100 Commission, which the Governor convened after Superstorm Sandy to develop more resilient infrastructure systems across the state.

Related Organizations: State of New York , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California AB 2516: Planning for Sea Level Rise Database

September 21, 2014

CA A.B. 2516 directs the creation of a Planning for Sea Level Rise Database by the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, to describe the steps being taken throughout the state to prepare for, and adapt to, sea level rise. This bill requires the database to be created by January 1, 2016, updated biannually, and posted online.  

Related Organizations: State of California

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Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon

September 16, 2014

This report focuses on identifying the potential magnitude of wildfire damages from climate change, and provides the first estimate of the future economic costs of wildfires that will be magnified by climate change.

Related Organizations: Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Author or Affiliated User: Peter Howard

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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