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Coastal Flood Risk and Climate Change Implications for New Jersey’s Senior Citizens

April 2015

This report, from the Rutgers Climate Institute, focuses on the social vulnerability and climate-related risks faced by the elderly population in New Jersey, defined as those over 65 years old. The authors focus on coastal flooding and storm surges, present-day impacts that are expected to intensify with continued climate change. The report describes the three characteristics of social vulnerability experienced by many seniors: limited mobility; compromised physical and mental health; and sometimes reduced resources, including income and assistance.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ai Yamanaka, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Michael Greenberg, Marjorie Kaplan

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Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change in New Jersey: Update of a Statistical Analysis

June 2015

In order to characterize and locate frontline communities in New Jersey, this study examines the demographic and geographic attributes of socially-vulnerable groups and their exposure to flooding (the cause of nearly all past presidential declarations in the state). The research revealed that a disproportionate number of highly socially-vulnerable census tracts are located in flood hazard areas.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Pflicke (Bickers), Michael Greenberg, Jennifer Whytlaw, Jeanne Herb, Marjorie Kaplan

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Implications for Local Planning Practice of Policy Recommendations of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

February 2015

This white paper reviews policy recommendations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance’s 2014 state policy report in order to provide a more detailed assessment on what actions are necessary to implement the recommendation. The authors describe the current activities and additional options that local planners may use to implement each policy recommendation.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: David Kinsey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USACE Responses to Climate Change Program resources

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Responses to Climate Change Program (RCC) addresses the need to reduce potential vulnerabilities to the Nation’s water resources and infrastructure from climate change and variability. The program assesses, develops, and implements adjustments to enhance resilience or reduce vulnerability of USACE projects, systems and programs to observed or expected changes in climate.  The Program website shares news and information about program activities as well as the potential impacts of climate change, interagency efforts, strategies for dealing with climate change and more.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery

June 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a pilot project to assess climate change vulnerability of the Central Artery and Tunnel System (CA/T) for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 - 2015. Through sea level rise and storm surge modeling for Boston, the study found that this critical transportation system is highly vulnerable to flooding. The pilot team developed adaptation strategies for current and future implementation, and initiated an emergency response plan for tunnel protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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The Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE) Database

The Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE) database catalogs vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation plans, along with other reports, and web pages. RAINE provides information about these actions at the state, regional, watershed, and local level in New England. It not only includes links to web pages, reports, and plans, but also examples of presentations that communities use to engage their citizens, what tools they used to identify their vulnerabilities, and who funded their projects.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Central Texas Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Regional Transportation Infrastructure

January 2015

Led by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin, this assessment is one of 19 national projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. Using the Department of Transportation’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool, the report evaluates the vulnerability of nine critical transportation assets – including Austin’s MetroRail Red Line and interstate highways – to climate stressors such as flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and icing.

Related Organizations: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), City of Austin Office of Sustainability

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AMWA Resilience and Climate Adaptation Website

July 7, 2015

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an association of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. This climate change focused website provides high impact reports from government and utility associations, links to recent climate-water news items, and descriptions of related AMWA activities to provide up-to-date information to members.

Related Organizations: Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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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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