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State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document 2013 Update

March 15, 2013

The State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT), with scientific support from the CA Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team and the California Ocean Science Trust.

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

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Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

January 29, 2013

The Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act appropriates $50. 7 billion to reimburse state and local governments for the costs of emergency response and for long-term recovery from the storm. Division B of the Act, entitled the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, includes provisions amending the statute that governs federal disaster relief - the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).   The amendments are designed to streamline the administration of disaster relief funding.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia

January 14, 2013

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and the Eastern Shore, and to identify adaptation strategies. The Recurrent Flooding Study makes projections for recurrent flooding due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and heavy rainfall, addressing all localities in Virginia's coastal zone.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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NYS 2100 Commission Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure

January 11, 2013

On November 15, 2012, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the NYS 2100 Commission in response to the recent severe weather events such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, asking the Commission to examine and evaluate key vulnerabilities in the State’s critical infrastructure systems, and to recommend actions that should be taken to strengthen and improve the resilience of those systems.

Related Organizations: New York State (NYS) 2100 Commission

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H2O Capture – NRDC green infrastructure benefits calculator

2013

H2O Capture is a green infrastructure benefits “calculator” that can estimate the benefits of a new project. The calculator quickly presents benefits in a concrete numerical fashion – an effective snapshot, meant to be a tool in deciding the feasibility of projects.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Climate Change Impacts to Natural Resources in South Carolina

2013

Prepared by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), this report addresses how climate change may affect wildlife, fisheries, water supply and other natural resources in South Carolina, and identifies some key adaptive steps for DNR to respond to these impacts.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries

2013

From the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), this website provides a comprehensive review of climate change adaptation measures related to natural resources, plants and wildlife - with a specific emphasis on wetlands. An interactive map of the U.S. allows the user to select a state for more information on statewide planning, policy, and tools, along with associated web links. 

Related Organizations: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)

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Permitting Green Infrastructure: A guide to improving municipal stormwater permits and protecting water quality

January 2013

Permitting Green Infrastructure provides information about sustainable and adaptive trends in stormwater permitting with examples of stormwater permits that encourage or require low impact development or green infrastructure. While useful to the professional community, the guide is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates. 

Related Organizations: American Rivers

Author or Affiliated User: Jeffrey Odefey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Albany, New York Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

2013

The City of Albany, New York completed a vulnerability assessment on its exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to climate change, and from this developed recommended response strategies for current and future climate impacts. This report describes the vulnerability assessment and climate risks for Albany’s social systems, infrastructure and natural resources - and provides recommendations and strategies on how to improve the city’s resilience and adaptive capacity.

Related Organizations: City of Albany, New York

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Virginia's Climate Modeling and Species Vulnerability Assessment: How Climate Data Can Inform Management and Conservation

2013

This project developed models of select fish, wildlife and tree species distributions in Virginia under multiple climate change scenarios, and produced a species vulnerability assessment for the state. The assessment is intended to help decision makers better understand how climate change will likely affect sensitive species and habitats in Virginia. The project was funded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) through a State Wildlife Grant, and by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and was supported by research from the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech.

Related Organizations: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Austin Kane, Chris Burkett, Scott Klopfer, Jacob Sewall

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