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Coastal Resilience - Coastal Defense App

2014

Coastal Defense is an application for examining how coastal habitats such as oyster reefs, coral reefs, tidal marshes, mangroves, beach dunes, and seagrass help protect coastal areas by reducing wave energy hitting the shore. The Coastal Defense “app” is a module of the Coastal Resilience network and tool platform, developed in part by The Nature Conservancy. The app identifies the coastal protection value of existing reef and wetland habitats and allows users to design restoration solutions.

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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.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 25 (HEC-25), Vol. 2

October 2014

"Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events" (HEC-25 Vol. 2) was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide technical guidance for assessing vulnerabilities of highway infrastructure in coastal areas to climate change and extreme weather events. In particular, the manual identifies methods for quantifying exposure of coastal transportation facilities to sea-level rise, storm surge, and wave action. The information provided in the manual can be used to inform risk and vulnerability assessments, planning, and design guidelines for infrastructure.

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City Heights, San Diego Urban Greening Plan

August 5, 2014

The neighborhood of City Heights is centrally located in the San Diego, California metropolitan area. This Urban Greening Plan establishes a system of Green Streets within City Heights based on surrounding land use, traffic intensity, and function of the streets. The plan provides recommendations on how to successfully implement and maintain these Green Streets, and how to improve and protect the public spaces and resources found in the community. It integrates urban forestry through enhancements to the public right-of-way that include a street tree plan and landscape treatments, as well as bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements to increase active transportation, reduce the urban heat island effect and promote a healthy environment.

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City of Santa Cruz, California, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update (2102 - 2017)

May 20, 2014

The City of Santa Cruz, California Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update was adopted by the City Council in 2013 and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2014. The LHMP addresses climate impacts and adaptation considerations for Santa Cruz  - which are further detailed in the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

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Executive Order 13677: Climate-Resilient International Development

September 23, 2014

This Executive Order was enacted in 2014 by President Obama to integrate climate resilience considerations into all United States international development work. The EO also established the Working Group on Climate-Resilient International Development.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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FTA and Climate Change Adaptation: Synthesis of FTA-Funded Pilots

August 2014

In 2011, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced its Climate Change Adaptation Initiative and committed $1 million in research funding to pilot projects in seven geographically-diverse locations, including nine transit agencies. This report offers a brief summary on each of those seven pilot studies, including:

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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2014 Heatwave Business Impacts, City of Melbourne, Australia

March 24, 2014

The City of Melbourne, Australia conducted this study to get an understanding of the perceived impacts of a 2014 heatwave on the Melbourne business community. Melbourne has experienced several extreme heatwaves in recent years and climate projections show an increase in heatwaves in the future. This is a unique study because most research has been related to impacts of urban heat on the personal health of individuals, rather than impacts to businesses. 

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EPA: Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure Guide

October 2014

This report from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is subtitled A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social and Economic Benefits.  The report summarizes green infrastructure approaches for stormwater, and the integration process into planning for and developing sustainable communities. The guide is designed to help stakeholders understand how green infrastructure can enhance their communities, and to develop a plan that can overcome technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional obstacles that can limit the implementation of green infrastructure.

Author or Affiliated User: Melissa Kramer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Being Prepared for Climate Change: EPA Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans

August 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Workbook for climate adaptation planning presents a risk management methodology with step-by-step guidance on building a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation action plan. The guidance provides decision-support tools for conducting vulnerability assessments at a watershed scale, and will help environmental managers to establish climate change adaptation priorities and strategies to prepare a risk-based adaptation plan.

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