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Marin County Climate Action Plan (2015 Update)

July 2015

The 2015 Marin County, California Climate Action Plan (CAP) updates the 2006 Marin County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. The majority of the plan focuses on mitigation, providing an update of GHG emissions in 2012, forecasts of emissions for 2020, and an assessment of actions that the County will take to further reduce emissions by 2020. In addition, Chapter 8 focuses on adaptation, providing an overview of Marin’s expected climate risks, a summary of actions-to-date, and recommended next steps.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NASA Panoply netCDF, HDF and GRIB Data Viewer

June 29, 2015

Panoply is a Java application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Author or Affiliated User: Robert B. Schmunk

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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MARCO: Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an online toolkit and resource center developed by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO). The Data Portal serves as a platform to engage all stakeholders in the five coastal Mid-Atlantic states, putting all of the essential data and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the agencies, industry, community leaders, and stakeholders engaged in ocean planning.

Related Organizations: Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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NOAA Climate.gov

NOAA's Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. The goals of the site are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make NOAA data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.

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

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

September, 2015

This report, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, provides an overview of the vulnerabilities facing tribal communities in the U.S. and Alaska to climate change. This report aims to strengthen tribal energy and economic infrastructure to climate change by outlining tribal vulnerabilities on a regional level, and providing recommendations to aid tribes in designing more resilient energy infrastructure and management practices.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

This case study, developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, discusses how Austin city agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a city adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.  The case study also explores lessons learned from Austin's climate preparedness activities, including how cities can create an interagency task force to coordinate adaptation efforts across silos, partner with academic institutions to develop local climate projections, and link adaptation initiatives with efforts to mitigate or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Buffalo, New York, Green Code Unified Development Ordinance, Article 7.3.4 Best Management Practice

October 2015

The City of Buffalo, New York’s Unified Development Ordinance now includes a Green Code that requires use of green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) wherever practical to achieve the Code’s performance-based stormwater retention standards. The ordinance, at Article 7. 3. 4 of Section 7 on Stormwater, specifies infiltration on-site using bioswales, rain gardens, and other strategies; or stormwater capture and reuse through cisterns, green roofs, and other strategies. The ordinance clarifies the order of preference for stormwater management facilities utilizing BMPs, prioritizing conservation of natural areas before on-site infiltration practices, and on-site infiltration practices before capture and reuse practices.

Related Organizations: City of Buffalo, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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