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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: A Review of Water Utility Practices

August 2010

The study describes the activities of eight water utilities who have conducted climate vulnerability assessments: East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA), City of Boulder Utilities Division (CO), Denver Water (CO), Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Portland Water Bureau (OR), Lower Colorado River Authority (CO), and Seattle Public Utilities (WA). This report provides a review of best practices in this emerging effort across the industry for the purpose of informing utilities considering engaging in this issue about the various methods used by their peers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Cathedral Engulfed: Sea-level Rise, Property Rights, and Time

2012

Sea-level rise will require many new initiatives in land use regulation to adapt to unprecedented climate conditions. Such government actions will prompt regulatory and other takings claims, and also will be shaped by apprehension of such claims.

Author or Affiliated User: J. Peter Byrne

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Implications of Climate Change for Urban Water Utilities

December 2007

This paper explains in high-level terms climate change processes and effects to urban water utilities, and considers the issues involved in developing suitable water sector responses. Two adaptation strategies to reduce or avoid impacts of climate change are discussed -  vulnerability analysis and integrated response planning. Mitigation strategies that utilities could adopt to reduce their operation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions are mentioned. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: John E. Cromwell, Joel B. Smith, Robert S. Raucher

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Twin Cities, Minnesota Metropolitan Council Climate Vulnerability Assessment Tool

September 2018

The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) tool can assist the Metropolitan Council and community planning efforts in preparing for and adapting to climate change in the Twin Cities, Minnesota region. The assessment focuses primarily on the impacts of extreme heat and flooding events. The CVA and tools include the assessment report, data sets, interactive mapping tools, and story maps. The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities, Minnesota region - and the CVA supports the Council in maintaining infrastructure and prioritizing future climate adaptive improvements.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States

October 31, 2011

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason Vogel, Karen Carney, Colleen Donovan

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Center for Climate Strategies Adaptation Guidebook

September 13, 2011

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) "Comprehensive Climate Action: An Adaptation Guidebook," provides a complete stepwise, fact based, sector-specific methodology on climate adaptation action planning and policy development. The Guidebook details a methodology for developing and implementing a climate adaptation strategy at the multi-state, state/province, regional, or local levels, and provides several resources, tools, and example frameworks. According to CCS, the process can be used by a diverse group of stakeholders and technical experts, working with agency officials and the public, to build consensus on adaptation plans and programs that are fully implementable in less than a year.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas D. Peterson, Michelle Wyman, Gloria Flora, William Dougherty, Joel B. Smith, Stephen Saunders, Steve Chester, Tom Looby

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Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report (NCHRP Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2)

August 2014

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report provides guidance on adaptation strategies to the likely impacts of climate change through 2050 in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure assets in the United States (and through 2100 for sea-level rise).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Dorney, Michael Flood, Robert Hyman, Jake Keller, Ken Leonard, Justin Lennon, Gary McVoy, Michael Meyer, Joel B. Smith

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A Comprehensive Review of Climate Adaptation in the United States: more than before, but less than needed

September 18, 2012

Abstract: "We reviewed existing and planned adaptation activities of federal, tribal, state, and local governments and the private sector in the U.S. to understand what types of adaptation activities are underway across different sectors and scales throughout the country. Primary sources of review included material officially submitted for consideration in the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment and supplemental peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rosina Bierbaum, Arthur Lee, Maria Blair, Lynne Carter, Stuart F. Chapin III, Paul Fleming, Susan Ruffo, Missy Stults, Shannon McNeeley, Emily Wasley, Laura Verduzco, Joel B. Smith

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Kent County, Maryland Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report

September 2016

This report summarizes the climate change impacts occurring in Kent County, Maryland, and recommends adaptation actions for increasing the resilience of residents, county facilities, and operations.  The report includes a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Kent County which finds that climate change is increasing the risk of localized natural hazards. The assessment describes current and projected climate change impacts including heat, precipitation, sea level rise, and flooding in the region.

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

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California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report

March 2009

In June 2005, Executive Order S-05-05 was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger which mandated the preparation of biennial science assessment reports on climate change impacts and adaptation options for California. The first Climate Action Team (CAT) Assessment Report was produced in March 2006. This 2009 assessment expands on the policy-oriented 2006 assessment, and provides new information and scientific findings including: 1) the development of new climate and sea-level projections using new information and tools that have become available in the last two years; and 2) an evaluation of climate change within the context of broader social changes, such as land-use changes and demographic shifts.

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