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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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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North Carolina Climate and Health Profile: Building Resilience Against Climate Effects

2015

North Carolina is one of 16 states who have been funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) grant program since 2010. As part of the BRACE framework, this Climate and Health Profile report describes the leading climate-related risks and their associated public health impacts in the state.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Partnerships for Resilience and Empowered Planning (PREP): Community Resilience Planning Handbook

2015

The Community Resilience Planning Handbook offers the building blocks for creating individual Community Resilience Plans by providing resources and best practices for resilience planning. The handbook is designed to help communities assess their vulnerability to climate change, evaluate social sensitivity and risks, determine current adaptive strengths, engage in scenario planning around identified vulnerabilities, and prioritize vulnerability focus areas for resource allocation.

Related Organizations: Southeast Sustainability Directors’ Network, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, University of Arkansas, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

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New Hampshire Coastal Viewer

2015

The New Hampshire Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool with coastal resources spatial data, hazards-related spatial data, and other spatial data sets for New Hampshire's 42 coastal watershed communities. Launched in 2015, this tool provides users the ability to access more than 150 spatial data sets, and to make and share their own customized maps.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, University of New Hampshire

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Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

November 4, 2014

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Amendment 1, approved on November 4, 2014, dedicates state funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. The measure is designed to dedicate 33 percent of net revenue from the existing excise tax to fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report

November 2, 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Synthesis Report of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on Nov 2, 2014. The Synthesis Report provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. 

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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