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California SB 758 - Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

October 9, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 758 into law in October 2015, establishing the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Led by DWR and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD) the research aims to better manage water supply by expanding climate and weather research focused on the causes of drought and flood.   The legislation supports research in climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

Related Organizations: State of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , California Department of Water Resources

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New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 23: Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening

May 2015

In 2015, the New Orleans City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Article 23 of the CZO addresses landscaping and stormwater management with the intended purpose of reducing the urban heat island effect, decreasing flooding and strains on the existing drainage system, improving water conservation, and protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Article 23 of the CZO does not directly mention climate change or climate adaptation, but does specify regulations that can improve the cities ability to manage stormwater in the face of increased precipitation and mitigate heat in the face of rising temperatures though green infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Clean Water Optimization Tool - Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

April 27, 2015

The Clean Water Optimization Tool is a planning tool for Maryland Eastern Shore communities to develop more cost-effective strategies for reducing stormwater pollution to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project

April 23, 2015

Jointly convened by the Colorado Climate Network and the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Local Resilience Project was established to develop an agenda to help make Colorado communities more resilient to possible climate change impacts. The Project, comprised of 78 representatives of 30 local governments in Colorado and six other governmental and nonprofit entities active at the local level, released a report in April 2015 with climate resiliency recommendations aimed at local governments.

Related Organizations: Colorado Climate Network, Colorado Municipal League

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Integrated Data Viewer (IDV)

April 21, 2015

The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) from Unidata is a Java-based software framework for analyzing and visualizing geoscience data.

Related Organizations: National Science Foundation (NSF), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Coastal GeoTools Conference Series

April 2, 2015

Coastal GeoTools provides a network for sharing technical information relevant to the nation's coastal programs. The Abstracts and Presentations from the most recent Coastal GeoTools Conference in 2015 is a database of conference materials, providing information on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals. 

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015

March 31, 2015

Under the New York State (NYS) 2015 - 2016 budget agreement approved on March 31, 2015 by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo’s administration, $200 million will be allocated to the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects - some of which is earmarked for sea level rise resiliency projects. 

Related Organizations: New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York State Department of Health

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Virginia SB 1443: comprehensive plan sea-level rise strategies

March 16, 2015

In March 2015, Governor McAuliffe signed Virginia legislation (SB 1443) to require all localities  in the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission region to incorporate consideration of projected sea-level rise and recurrent flooding in updates to local comprehensive plans and to develop strategies to combat risks from sea-level rise, beginning July 1, 2015.  The law directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Emergency Management, the Marine Resources Commission, Old Dominion University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to provide technical assistance to any locality in the region upon request.

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Human Cost of Natural Disasters: A Global Perspective

March 2015

From the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), this report presents data about the global impacts of natural disasters on human and economic systems from 1994 to 2013. CRED focuses on all emergencies with a major human impact with special focuses on public health, epidemiology, and structural and socio-economic issues. The report focuses on trends and patterns of global natural disasters and their impacts, and how these vary regarding the income level or the geographical location.

Related Organizations: Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change Grants for San Diego, California

February 17, 2015

The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, announced the availability of $200,000 for the “Building Regional Resilience to Climate Change” grants on February 17, 2015, with the grant period beginning June 1, 2015.

Related Organizations: The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

Resource Category: Funding

 

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