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Coastal Flood Damage and Adaptation Costs Under 21st Century Sea Level Rise

February 2014

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper presents estimates of future coastal flood damages and adaptation costs globally. The study, led by the Berlin-based think-tank Global Climate Forum (GCF) presents, for the first time, comprehensive global simulation results on future flood damages to buildings and infrastructure in coastal flood plains. Coastal flood damages are expected to increase significantly during the 21st century due to both rising sea levels and population and economic growth in the coastal zone.

Related Organizations: Global Climate Forum, National Academy of Sciences

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jochen Hinkel, Daniel Lincke, Athanasios T. Vafeidis, Mahé Perrette, Robert James Nicholls, Richard S. J. Tol, Ben Marzeion, Xavier Fettweis, Cezar Ionescu, Anders Levermann

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Massachusetts Climate Preparedness Initiative

January 14, 2014

Massachusetts's Climate Preparedness Initiative, from Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, is a $50 million investment for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change. These investments will assess and address vulnerabilities in public health, transportation, energy and the Commonwealth’s built environment. 

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation , Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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2013 California Green Building Code - CALGreen

January 1, 2014

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code, or CALGreen, established by the California Building Standards Commission, went into effect January 1, 2014. California first adopted CALGreen in 2010, becoming the first statewide mandatory green building code in the country. The Code establishes minimum green building standards through uniform regulations of most new residential and non-residential California buildings. The regulations are intended to reduce construction waste, make buildings more efficient in the use of materials and energy, and reduce environmental impacts during and after construction.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Building Standards Commission

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Burlington, Vermont Climate Action Plan

2014

This report provides an overview of Burlington Vermont’s Climate Action Plan including climate mitigation and social equity goals. Burlington’s Climate Action Plan is comprised of over 200 strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A section of the plan is devoted to “Climate Change and Equity,” and the City of Burlington has identified key areas which present equity issues either presently or in the future.

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Rhode Island Climate Change Collaborative "Waves of Change" website

2014

Researchers from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the Rhode Island Sea Grant formed the Rhode Island Climate Change Collaborative. Experts in natural science, behavior science and communications are collectively engaging in research and outreach to prepare Rhode Islanders for climate change, and build resilient communities. The immediate goal of the Collaborative is to share information with the public about climate change impacts on the state and what adaptation options are available, through a comprehensive website.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Climate Change Collaborative, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

December 3, 2013

From the National Academies’ Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and Its Impacts, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change was published in paperback format, and is made available in PDF format on the Academies website. This publication summarizes the current state of knowledge on potential abrupt changes to the ocean, atmosphere, ecosystems, and high latitude areas; explores how to monitor climate change for warnings of abrupt changes and emerging impacts; and identifies key research and monitoring needs.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Arlington, Virginia Watershed Retrofit Study

December 2013

Completed in December, 2013, Arlington County, VA produced a Watershed Retrofit Study and plans with the purpose of strengthening the resiliency of its stormwater management systems to climate change. Arlington developed a County-wide project inventory by surveying all of the County's watersheds to find space for small stormwater facilities. This study informed the City of Arlington’s Stormwater Master Plan, which was adopted in Sept. 2014.

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

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Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits

December 2013

Created for the City of Arlington, Virginia the "Scoring System for Watershed Retrofits" provides details on the ranking and prioritizing process used in the city’s Watershed Retrofit Study. The scoring system is comprised of eight categories that each retrofit project was graded on. They include:

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

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Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar

December 14, 2013

The Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar, created by the EPA in collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), discusses the benefits of robust decision-making, an analytical framework meant to address decisions that are plagued with high-levels of uncertainty.  This webinar is a part of the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative.  The webinar aims to demonstrate how drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities can use robust decision-making for climate change related planning.

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

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Washington D.C. DDOT Green Infrastructure Standards

May 1, 2014

In 2014, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) released design requirement standards for Green Infrastructure (GI) design, construction and maintenance in the public right-of-way. The intent is to provide stormwater retention to meet the regulatory requirements, along with the infrastructure requirements within the public right-of-way. The standards were developed for Low Impact Development techniques including bio-retention, permeable pavement, and street tree space design.

Related Organizations: District of Columbia Department of Transportation

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