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Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks

February 11, 2015

This assessment, prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), is included in the GAO’s 2015 High Risk Report that identifies agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

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Maine's Climate Future: 2015 Update

February 2015

Maine’s Climate Future 2015 focuses on past, present, and future trends for key climate change impacts in Maine including temperature, precipitation, ocean temperature, ocean acidification, and sea level rise. Detailed examples of how Maine directly experiences each of these impacts are given. 

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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DOE Ultrascale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tool (UV-CDAT)

January 14, 2015

UV-CDAT is a powerful and complete front-end to a rich set of visual-data exploration and analysis capabilities well suited for climate-data analysis problems. This project seeks to advance climate science by fulfilling computational and diagnostic/visualization capabilities needed for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) climate research.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission: Volume 1 - Report and Recommendations (Draft)

January 7, 2015

This draft report issued in January 2015 presents the work, findings, and recommendations of the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission. Organized into two volumes, Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices and Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups of Science and Technology, Legal and Regulatory, and Erosion Impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission

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Climate Resilience Data Challenge - NASA, USGS funding

December 15, 2014

In December 2014, NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offered more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change. The Climate Resilience Data Challenge was conducted through the NASA Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard University hosted on Appirio/Topcoder. This funding opportunity was open until March 2015. 

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Georgetown Climate Center - Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation Plans: Federal Strategies for Promoting and Removing Barriers to State, Local, and Tribal Adaptation

December 1, 2014

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014. The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of plans released in 2013. For the first time, the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

November 19, 2014

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC) is a macro scale, semi-distributed hydrologic model that solves full water and energy balances, originally developed by Xu Liang at the University of Washington. VIC is a research model and in its various forms it has been applied to most of the major river basins around the world, as well as being applied globally. 

Related Organizations: University of Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Xu Liang

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Resilient Michigan - Planning for Resilient Communities

Planning for Resilient Communities is a planning assistance program in Michigan developed by the non-profit Land Information Access Association (LIAA) with numerous statewide partners. The program is helping citizens, local leaders and public officials plan communities that are more resilient to climate variability, extreme weather events and global economic challenges. The overall project mission is to foster and support community‐wide planning efforts that lead to the adoption of significant revisions to existing master plans to promote community resilience.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan

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Chicago Zoning Ordinance 17-4-1015 Green Roofs Incentives

2015

Chicago’s zoning code awards a Floor-Area Ratio (FAR) bonus for green roofs that cover more than 50 percent of the roof area. The FAR is available for buildings in downtown mixed-use districts. This type of incentive does not cost the municipality any additional money beyond a small amount of staff time to assess the plans and grant the FAR bonus. For new buildings, developers can make more money by being able to build more square footage on the same plot, and the city gets more square footage of green roofs without large expense.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool

Climate Interactive, a “climate change think tank” has created a Green Infrastructure Scenarios Tool (GIST) for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that allows for scenario testing related green infrastructure investment and future precipitation scenarios. The simulation allows users to test investments into different types of infrastructure for managing stormwater, and supports exploration of different possible future rainfall patterns, to see how investments might turn out under various future climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Climate Interactive, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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