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Caltrans Devil’s Slide Realignment Project

2013

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) invested in an expensive relocation of the Devil’s Slide segment of Highway 1, a coastal highway linking Half Moon Bay and San Francisco in San Mateo County. The segment was repeatedly closed due to damage from rockslides and erosion. The state decided to relocate the road at additional up-front expense (approximately $342 million) to avoid the long-term maintenance costs of rebuilding the road repeatedly in its existing location. Although not specifically implemented in response to climate change, this project provides an example of how realignment may present a cost effective strategy for adapting transportation assets in the face of mounting maintenance costs from repeated damage due to climate-related events.

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Permitting Green Infrastructure: A guide to improving municipal stormwater permits and protecting water quality

January 2013

Permitting Green Infrastructure provides information about sustainable and adaptive trends in stormwater permitting with examples of stormwater permits that encourage or require low impact development or green infrastructure. While useful to the professional community, the guide is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates. 

Author or Affiliated User: Jeffrey Odefey

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Implementing Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons Learned From Ten Examples

February 2012

This report presents case studies of ten communities with experiences planning for and implementing climate change adaptation. The objective was to determine how the plans came to fruition, to learn how communities utilized these plans, and to extract pertinent lessons - with the intention of informing and inspiring other communities in their efforts to advance climate adaptation. Each highlights the key lessons learned in the process of moving from planning to implementation on climate adaptation.

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Beyond Unintended Consequences: Adaptation for Gulf Coast Resiliency and Sustainability

2012

“Beyond Unintended Consequences" is the final report of the America's WETLAND Foundation's Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities: Envisioning the Future of America's Energy Coast Initiative. The report offers 30 recommendations for adapting to the impacts of climate change to achieve resiliency and sustainability in the Gulf Coast region. 

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A Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements

January 2012

The Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements is a component of the Global Cool Cities Alliance's (GCCA) Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements Toolkit. This Guide is intended to aid a variety of stakeholders in their efforts to implement cool roofs and pavements initiatives. As such, the Guide includes a range of technical and policy advice. Some of the information in this guide is designed for city leaders and policymakers - focusing on decision tools, city wide costs and benefits, and case studies.

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Airport Climate Adaptation and Resilience

January 1, 2012

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) produced ACRP Synthesis 33 - Airport Climate Adaptation and Resilience: A Synthesis of Airport Practice through its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the West

May 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change:

  • New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into place that allow for temporary water use changes in real time in case of drought.
  • The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), which was founded by water managers concerned by a gap in climate assessment and adaptation science needed to support their decisions.
  • Colorado's Joint Front Range Climate Change Vulnerability Study, which brings together the state and water utilities to assess climate change's impact on local water availability.

Author or Affiliated User: Sarah Cottrell Propst

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Washington Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012 – Appendix A: Climate Change

April 2012

Washington’s 2012 Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines, prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, include a Climate Change Appendix that summarizes the science and impacts of climate change on stream habitat in Washington, and strategies for ensuring that stream habitat restoration efforts are designed to be resilient to climate change impacts. The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote process based natural stream restoration, rehabilitating aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

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The State of Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region

October 2012

This report presents the results of a survey conducted by EcoAdapt of the climate change adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region as of 2012. The report provides an overview of key climate change impacts affecting the region, and a review of the adaptation efforts, especially those focused on the natural and built environments as they relate to freshwater resources or the freshwater/terrestrial interface.

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Great Lakes Coastal Community Climate Adaptation Checklist

March 2013

Designed for local government decision-makers in Great Lakes communities, this checklist is a quick reference guide to practical coastal environmental and infrastructure solutions for coastal climate change vulnerabilities. Best practices and adaptation actions that can be implemented individually or within a suite of climate resilience measures are outlined to address climate impacts such as extreme storms, coastal erosion and water level changes in the Great Lakes region.   

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