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Adaptation to Climate Change in the Houston-Galveston Area: Perceptions and Prospects

May 2009

The objectives of this Capstone project and report from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University were to address the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas, as well as the utility of adaptation as a solution to climate impacts. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) created a panel (the 'Foresight Panel') that examined the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston region. In 2008, this panel produced a report which made recommendations to local governments regarding climate change adaptation strategies - which was utilized as an initial basis for this research.

Related Organizations: Texas A&M University

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Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST)

Developed at the University of Southern Maine with funding from the EPA, the COAST program predicts damages from varying amounts of sea level rise (SLR) and storms of various intensities, and evaluates relative benefits and costs of response strategies. Although it is a technical tool, COAST can connect the technical with the social, political, and economic realities of local adaptation. Stakeholders are involved when they parametrize the model. Being entirely driven by the participants, the tool uses locally derived data on vulnerable assets such as real estate, economic activity, infrastructure, and natural resources.

Related Organizations: University of Southern Maine, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Recommendations to the Secure Commonwealth Panel on the Issue of Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding in Coastal Virginia

September 5, 2014

From the Recurrent Flooding Sub-Panel of Virginia’s Secure Commonwealth Panel, this draft report provides recommendations on actions Virginia can take to prepare for sea level rise and increased flooding as caused by climate change. This comprehensive report also offers analysis of which tools, authorities, initiatives and resources already exist, what actions can be taken, and how to coordinate it all into a united effort to adapt to these impacts.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Related Organizations: Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes Around the U.S.

June 2014

This technical report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describes the increased rate and severity of recurrent coastal flooding events as related to sea level rise. It also addresses what climatic patterns are associated with year-to-year differences in flooding, and during what season nuisance floods typically occur and why. 

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project

June 2014

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project is a two-year project to develop adaptive planning for sea level rise by combining the efforts of federal, state and local agencies with private industries and researchers. The Pilot Project was established to take a “whole of government” approach to coordinating the preparedness and resilience planning of the Federal, Commonwealth agencies and Local governments in Hampton Roads. The goal, upon completion of the Pilot Project in 2016, is that Hampton Roads will have in place intergovernmental planning organizational arrangements and procedures that can effectively coordinate sea level rise preparedness and resilience planning.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Old Dominion University

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Coastal Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment

November 2010

Developed from a partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Louisiana Sea Grant, Texas Sea Grant, Florida Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program and the Gulf of Mexico Program, the Coastal Resilience Index was designed to help every coastal community become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, storm surge and flooding.  

Related Organizations: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Louisiana Sea Grant, Texas Sea Grant, Florida Sea Grant, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 4, 2010

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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State of California Sea-Level Rise Interim Guidance Document

October 2010

California Executive Order S-13-08 required all state agencies that are planning construction projects in areas vulnerable to future sea-level rise (SLR) to "consider a range of sea level rise scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100 in order to assess project vulnerability and, to the extent feasible, reduce expected risks and increase resiliency to sea level rise. " To support this directive, the Sea. Level Rise Task Force of the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

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Climate Change and the Florida Keys

July 21, 2010

This report addressed the socioeconomic and ecological effects that may arise from climate change in the Florida Keys, including two appendices that identify key issues related to the future of the Keys over the 21st century. Four background papers address the global environment (Hoegh Guldberg 2010a,b,c,d), which are described first to put the Florida Keys into context. This research is part of the Socioeconomic Research and Monitoring Program in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, as conducted by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA).

Related Organizations: Monroe County, Florida, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Author or Affiliated User: Hans Hoegh‐Guldberg

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