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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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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

FEMA's Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio collects and publishes examples of successful hazard mitigation and best practices for use by individuals and communities to reduce or prevent damage during disasters.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA State of the Climate Reports

This database produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides reports of climate-related data on the national and global scales which are updated monthly. Monthly Climate Updates from NOAA occur the third Thursday of each month, wherein NOAA climate and weather experts review key findings from the national and global State of the Climate reports. These reports are aggregated and summarized in the Summary Information section each month. The reports include data, analysis, tables, charts, infographics, and supplementary materials.

Related Organizations: National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Chicago Zoning Ordinance 17-4-1015 Green Roofs Incentives

2015

Chicago’s zoning code awards a Floor-Area Ratio (FAR) bonus for green roofs that cover more than 50 percent of the roof area. The FAR is available for buildings in downtown mixed-use districts. This type of incentive does not cost the municipality any additional money beyond a small amount of staff time to assess the plans and grant the FAR bonus. For new buildings, developers can make more money by being able to build more square footage on the same plot, and the city gets more square footage of green roofs without large expense.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Prince George’s County Clean Water Partnership FAQs

March 2015

In Prince George's County, Maryland, the county has created the Clean Water Partnership, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to finance green infrastructure projects and improve water quality.  The P3 is between Prince George’s County government, and Corvias Solutions, a private company that partners with public sector institutions to address environmental, energy and infrastructure challenges. This $100 million, 30-year stormwater P3 aims to meet environmental regulatory requirements in a cost and time-effective manner.

Related Organizations: Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, Corvias Solutions

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Washington, DC Flood Levee System Improvements

December 2014

To prevent water from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers from flooding downtown Washington, D. C. , the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is improving the levee system along the north side of the National Mall, running from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.   A levee system was originally erected to protect the District in 1939, following a major flood event in 1936.   This project will improve the levee system through a series of upgrades: a permanent closure at 23rd Street and Fort McNair, and the installation of a more robust removable wall, which will provide flood protection but also allow for traffic flow on 17th street between flood events.

Related Organizations: National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), District of Columbia Department of Transportation, National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Cape Cod Commission’s Adaptation Planning Activities for the Regional Transportation System

July 2015

The Cape Cod Commission (“Commission”) has begun to systematically consider the long-range impacts of climate change as it works to guide regional transportation- and development-planning efforts for an iconic but vulnerable area of coastal Massachusetts. The Commission is responsible for directing regional land-use policy, regulating developments whose impacts cross town boundaries, and supporting the 15 Cape Cod municipalities that make up Barnstable County with planning and technical expertise.

Related Organizations: Cape Cod Commission

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Priority Agenda: Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources

October 2014

The Climate and Natural Resources Working Group (CNRWG) of the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience developed this Priority Agenda in response to the direction of Executive Order 13653 “Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change” and in coordination with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice

May 2014

Developed by an expert workgroup of federal, state and non-governmental climate adaptation leaders, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaption Principles into Practice" examines how climate change is affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats, and addresses how natural resource managers can incorporate climate change considerations into their work. The guide offers practical steps for planning conservation to enhance the resilience of wildlife and ecosystems facing climate change, and offers a “common-sense approach” to adaptation planning and implementation.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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