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Responding to Climate Change in New York State: ClimAID – Transportation Chapter

November 2011

This state-level assessment provides information on New York's vulnerability to climate change and is specifically designed to assist in the development of adaptation strategies. The goal of the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State (ClimAID) is to provide decision-makers with progressive information on climate change effects on the state, and to facilitate adaptation planning. The ClimAID report reviews climate change impacts and adaptation options for eight sectors in New York including water resources, coastal zones, ecosystems, agriculture, energy, transportation, public health and telecommunications.

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

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Marshes on the Move: A Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Using Model Results Depicting Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands

October 2011

“Marshes on the Move”, from the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) and the Nature Conservancy, is a 24 page report that provides a basic understanding of the parameters and uncertainties involved in modeling the future impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Authors or Affiliated Users: Roger Fuller (Co-Lead), Zach Ferdaña, Adam Whelchel, Nancy Cofer-Shabica (Co-Lead), Nate Herold, Keil Schmid, Brian Smith, Doug Marcy, Dave Eslinger

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change Adaptation in the Metropolitan Washington Region: Draft Transportation Sector Vulnerabilities

August 2011

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Transportation Vulnerability Assessment was developed as part of a broader climate change adaptation initiative.  This preliminary vulnerability assessment for the transportation sector identifies the possible climate impacts to the transportation sector, including roads and bridges, rail, facilities and buildings, bicycle and pedestrian buildings, and airports.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Operational Changes to Manage Extreme Snow and Ice Events

2011

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has introduced maintenance and operations procedures for snow and ice removal in cases of unusual snow events that would limit the airport’s role as one of the world’s busiest airports.   After experiencing a large snow and ice storm in 2011, DFW could not handle the snow-clearing needs to keep the airport operating at full capacity. The storm occurred right before the Super Bowl in 2011, halting the flow of thousands of visitors using the airport for travel and bringing attention to the need to better manage severe winter storms.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Research Plan for California

2015

The Climate Change Research Plan presents priorities for the next 3-5 years (from late 2014) for policy-relevant, California-specific climate change research, and determines California’s most critical climate-related research gaps. 

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Cost of Adapting to Climate Change for Infrastructure

August 2010

This paper presents the results of a global analysis from the World Bank’s 'Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change' study of the costs of adapting infrastructure to climate change over the period of 2010 to 2050. An approach to estimating the costs of adapting to climate change is presented along with the estimated results for major components of infrastructure. In this context, infrastructure includes transport (especially roads, rail, and ports), electricity, water and sanitation, and communications, along with urban and social infrastructure such as urban drainage, urban housing, health and educational facilities (both rural and urban), and general public buildings.

Related Organizations: The World Bank

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Vancouver Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

November 7, 2012

Vancouver, Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy proposes actions to respond to increased heavy rain events, sea-level rise, more intense storms, and hotter and drier summers. The 2012 plan integrates climate adaptation strategies into existing and planned projects to ensure that adaptation efforts are mainstreamed into the City’s agenda.

Related Organizations: City of Vancouver, Canada

Resource Category: Planning

 

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IPCC Special Report- Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) - Summary for Policymakers

March 28, 2012

This Special Report explores the social as well as physical dimensions of weather- and climate-related disasters, considering opportunities for managing risks at local to international scales. The report was developed to offer a greater understanding of the human and economic costs of natural disasters and the physical and social patterns that cause them. The Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), tailored to decision-makers with concise conclusions and strategies.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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FHWA-HEP-12-010: The Use of Climate Information in Vulnerability Assessments

January 2011

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) memorandum “The Use of Climate Information in Vulnerability Assessments” provides guidance on how to access and use historical climate change information and projections of future climate conditions when performing vulnerability assessments for transportation systems. This memorandum describes several sources of climate information and technical assistance, and provides recommendations on how transportation planners can use this information as they consider their climate-related risks.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report

November 15, 2010

The 2009 Adaptation Strategy organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified preliminary adaptation strategies that could be implemented in the short term (by December 2010) and the longer term.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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