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Town of Bowers Beach, Delaware Coastal Resiliency Planning

2009

With support from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Town of Bowers Beach is developing a Coastal Resiliency Action Plan to increase resiliency and reduce hazard vulnerability to the current and future effects of coastal storms and climate change.  Bowers Beach currently experiences a number of coastal related problems including flooding of streets, episodic storm damage, coastal erosion, and other coastal hazard impacts.

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Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta

December 2009

This Interim Federal Action Plan has been developed to further the goals of the California Bay-Delta Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by six federal agencies on September 29, 2009. The MOU sets out the Obama Administration's vision of a healthy and sustainable Bay-Delta ecosystem that "provides for a high-quality, reliable, and sustainable long-term water supply for California, and restores the environmental integrity and sustainability of the Bay-Delta ecosystem."

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Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

2009

From the National Academies Press, this expansive report examines the growing need for organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, the report develops guidance for government agencies at all levels, as well as private organizations, that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.

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Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change

December 2009

This report, which was commissioned by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), considers how federal investments in the science of climate change, and in particular climate modeling, can best be directed to help improve the quality of  research so that it may be more useful to water utilities and other possible users in adapting to climate change.   It explains how climate models work, describes how some WUCA members have used climate models and downscaling to assess impacts on their systems and develop adaptation options, and makes seven initial recommendations for how climate modeling and downscaling techniques can be improved so that these tools and techniques can be more useful for the water sector.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joseph Barsugli, Chris Anderson, Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Human Health

2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. " The 'Human Health' chapter focuses on the unique challenges climate change creates for the public health sector. The key findings presented include: increased incidents of heat related illness and death, decreased air quality, mental health problems associated with the increase in extreme weather events, increases in diseases transmitted by food, water and insects, an increase in pollen production that will lead to health concerns for those with pollen related allergies, and increased environmental justice challenges.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, Thomas C. Peterson

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The Likelihood of Shore Protection Data Set

2009

This site provides the GIS data that was used for the study "State and Local Governments Plan for Development of Most Land Vulnerable to Rising Sea Level along the U. S. Atlantic Coast," published by James Titus. The GIS data are available in three formats: grid, polygon shape files, and vector shape files. This data identifies shoreline development and areas that will be vulnerable to sea level rise. .

Author or Affiliated User: James Titus

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-2: Supporting the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Science in the West

2009

The WGA's Policy Resolution 09-2 calls on the federal government to create a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation and makes several policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration to integrate adaptation capabilities in the western states.

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Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

December 30, 2009

On December 30, 2009 the California Natural Resources Agency adopted the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Amendments. The new CEQA Guidelines require projects subject to CEQA to consider potential environmental effects caused by GHG emissions.

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Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms

December 2009

This paper discusses three ways in which infrastructure-related decision making can be responsive to climate change impacts. it suggests three different policies that would affect the way transportation investments are made and existing structures are maintained. First, it suggests that agencies shift to an asset management approach that incorporates climate change projections. This approach will make transportation decision-makers more sensitive to the risks and costs imposed by climate change impacts.

Author or Affiliated User: James Neumann

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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance

December 2009

This paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), is focused on flooding impacts in the U. S. as a result of climate change, and in particular, the increases in severity and frequency of hurricanes. The authors examine potential issues that may arise from climate change given the rising population density in coastal regions and the expected volatility of weather patterns. The report also provides an overview of the risks and impediments to effective insurance markets in the face of climate change and outlines the need for and advantages of long-term insurance planning.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan

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