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City of Laguna Woods Climate Adaptation Plan

December 2014

This report describes the assessment of how climate change will impact the city of Laguna Woods - a small city within Orange County, California - and provides climate adaptation strategies and policy objectives for how the city can best address these challenges. The plan indicates that 80% of people living in Laguna Woods are 65 years or more old and finds that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as extreme heat and severe weather.  

Related Organizations: City of Laguna Woods, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Resilience in Alaskan Communities: Catalog of Federal Programs

June 1, 2015

Produced under the Obama Administration, this catalog profiles 62 federal funding programs that can support communities of Alaska in improving their climate resilience. For each program, it lists the program’s purpose, funding level, allowable applications, and who may qualify as an eligible applicant. Resources are emphasized that are useful to tribal and native Alaskan communities. The programs described in the catalog are wide ranging, including grants such as FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the NIH/NIEHS “Research to Action” program aimed at helping communities assess their local environmental threats.

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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Tribal Climate Change Guide

This online database is a collaboration between the University of Oregon and several partners, including the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and the USDA Forest Service. It contains a series of resources that can support adaptation planning and initiatives related to tribes, including a list of funding opportunities for tribes seeking to address climate change, as well as a list of tribal adaptation plans. It allows users to search for other important resources, including climate programs, tribal profiles, and disaster resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Rhode Island Rising: A Plan for People, Places, and Prosperity

December 2014

From the Rhode Island state government, this plan outlines the state’s long term vision for economic development. The majority of this plan is dedicated to general economic development concerns such as income, job growth, and regulations, but it also contains a substantial section focused on climate adaptation (Goal 5, pgs. 97-115). Rising air and water temperatures, increasing precipitation, extreme weather, and sea level rise were identified as significant climate threats to Rhode Island’s economy.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island State Planning Program

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Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Support Tool

Coastal Resilience is web-based mapping tool designed to help communities understand their vulnerability from coastal hazards, reduce their risk and determine the value of nature-based solutions - and is the global network of practitioners who are applying this approach. 

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.

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

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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MARCO: Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center developed by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). The Data Portal serves as a platform to engage all stakeholders in the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states, putting all of the essential data and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, industry, community leaders, and stakeholders engaged in ocean planning.

Related Organizations: Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) is a numerical modeling system used to predict coastal flooding due to climate change-driven sea-level rise and storms. CoSMos provides explicit, deterministic modeling of all the relevant physics (e. g. , tides, waves, surge) of a coastal storm scaled down to local flood resolution projections. The system provides coastal planners and emergency managers with hazard information to inform coastal management, mitigate physical damage, and enhance public safety.

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

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