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Floods in Boulder: A Study of Resilience

April 2014

This research examines a potentially catastrophic flooding event in Boulder, Colorado in September 2013. Though the scale of flooding was unprecedented, “only” 10 lives were lost, most infrastructure was maintained, and the recovery has been considered successful. In this study, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) examines Boulder’s demonstrated flood resilience, and how the physical and human systems, as well as legal and cultural norms played into Boulder's flood response.

Related Organizations: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) - International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karen MacClune, Chris Allan, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Lea Sabbag

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The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

April 2014

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Oxfam America collaborated with a research team to identify and analyze 3 coastal restoration sites of the 50 that NOAA funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A detailed economic analysis of three sites was produced that exemplify the potential economic benefits of coastal restoration. The sites analyzed for the report are an oyster reef and sea grass restoration project in the Seaside Bays of Virginia, an oyster reef project in Mobile Bay, Alabama, and salt marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay, California.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress, Oxfam America

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, Shiva Polefka

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Surging Seas Risk Finder

April 2014

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is an interactive sea level rise mapping and analysis toolkit which shows populations, infrastructure, and assets exposed to coastal flooding and sea level rise for every coastal state in the U.S. The Risk Finder includes interactive maps, tables and figures of results, risk timelines, downloadable data and local reports for cities, counties, states, and by zip code.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?

July 2014

The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study explores what the San Diego region will be like in the year 2050 if current climate change trends continue. The report describes the projected impacts of climate change affecting the San Diego region related to extreme weather events, water supply, wildfires, natural resources and public health, as well as a wide range of adaptive strategies for local leaders to consider. This report is part of an effort by the Climate Education Partners (CEP) to develop and implement a climate change education plan for the San Diego region of California.

Related Organizations: Climate Education Partners (CEP), The San Diego Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Connecticut Public Act 14-163: An Act Concerning the Responsibilities of the Water Planning Council

July 1, 2014

Connecticut Public Act 14-163 directs the Connecticut Water Planning Council to engage in a three year process for writing a comprehensive statewide water plan for the management of water resources in the state. This plan will identify quantities and qualities of water available, present and projected demands for water resources, appropriate regions in the state for comprehensive water planning, and will establish guidelines and incentives for consumer water conservation, taking into account energy efficiency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Water Planning Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections

July 2014

This data archive is meant to provide access to climate and hydrologic projections at spatial and temporal scales relevant to some of the watershed and basin-scale decisions facing water and natural resource managers and planners dealing with climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet, Massachusetts

June 30, 2014

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), hired SeaPlan, an environmental planning firm, to conduct a climate ready estuary assessment and planning effort for the municipalities surrounding New Bedford Harbor. The purpose of this project is to develop an understanding of possible impacts of climate change and potential future responses by the Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven, and the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with specific attention on sea level rise (SLR), precipitation, and frequency or intensity of storms that may affect public infrastructure related to water quality and habitat protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

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EPA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation, building on the last policy statement released by the EPA in June 2011.

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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GAO report: Climate Change Adaptation - DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts

June 30, 2014

According to this report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), American military installations across the world are to be severely impacted by climate change. The GAO was asked to assess DOD's actions to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the current and projected challenges of climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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City of Chester, Pennsylvania Vision 2020: Climate Adaptation Planning Elements

June 25, 2014

This report is a synthesis of the results and recommendations from a two year project funded by the 2012 National Sea Grant Climate Adaptation competition to help coastal communities better plan for future coastal hazards and climate risks. It builds upon PA Sea Grant’s work piloting the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s “Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk” in 2011 and subsequent climate change adaptation goals included in the City of Chester Vision 2020 comprehensive plan. Chester was selected as a grant recipient to model how coastal communities could integrate climate change adaptation into wider economic revitalization strategies.

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