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City of Chicago Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy

April 2014

In 2014, Chicago, Illinois released its green stormwater infrastructure plan to improve the city’s water quality, reduce flood risks, and build climate resilience. With 26-miles of lakefront and 28-miles of riverfront, Chicago understands that water is both one of its greatest assets and largest sources of risk. This plan describes ways to integrate green techniques into Chicago’s well established, but already overtaxed stormwater system that will only become more burdened as climate change causes increased precipitation.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change Symposium

April 2014

The purpose of the Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change event was to convene Great Lakes leaders and climate experts to assess the range of impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes, and to develop policy-based strategies to integrate climate variation into future restoration and stewardship practices. Jenny Kehl, the director of the Center for Water Policy at University of Wisconsin’s School of Freshwater Sciences, spearheaded the meeting and action plan.

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

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City Resilience Framework

April 2014

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and developed by Arup’s International Development team, the City Resilience Framework is a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding city resilience to inform urban planning and investment decisions. The Rockefeller Foundation is using the framework to create resilience-building agendas at city-level with current members of their 100 Resilient Cities Network. Presenting an inclusive method for articulating city resilience, the framework underpins and reinforces the City Resilience Index's full suite of indicators and variables.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, Resilient Communities for America, Arup

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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CCAP Meeting Summary: Green Resilience Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

April 2014

The purpose of this report is to capture best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation and mitigation. These best practice and lessons learned are from the “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and workshop sessions held at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference held in Washington, DC From January 28-30, 2014.

Related Organizations: Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), Georgetown Climate Center

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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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NWF Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Guide to Community Planning for Climate Change

April 2014

This guide from the National Wildlife Federation is a primer on nature-based approaches that communities can use to respond and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It highlights common examples, profiles approaches that communities are already using, and describes strategies that communities can use to apply nature-based approaches.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kara Reeve, Ryan Kingston

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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

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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

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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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