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Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws: A Survey of Current Practices and Recommendations for Model Protocols

August 12, 2015

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has developed a set of model protocols for assessing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and similar state and local laws, including those for environmental impact assessments (EIAs). This paper summarizes the legal and empirical research used for the development of these protocols.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Wentz

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Assessing the Risk of 100-Year Freshwater Floods in the Lamprey River Watershed of New Hampshire Resulting from Changes in Climate and Land Use

2010

This NOAA funded project is assessing flood risk associated with existing and future land use and climate change scenarios for the Lamprey River watershed of Great Bay, New Hampshire to support land use decision-making. Key products include maps at the watershed and municipality scale of the 100-year flood risk boundaries and river discharge at specific locations under selected land use and climate change scenarios.

Related Organizations: University of New Hampshire

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Key Habitats in New York: A Foundation for Climate Adaptation Planning

2013

This report includes an evaluation of the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and habitats of New York, and an overview of adaptation strategies. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the information produced through this project and included in this document will broadly inform the incorporation of climate change considerations into the revision of New York’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) which is slated for completion in 2015.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher Hilke, Hector Galbraith

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change

July 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (WVA) project developed an approach to assessing the vulnerability of water resources in a watershed to projected climate-hydrologic changes. The WVA project was conducted by watershed and aquatic specialists from 11 National Forests across the country representing all nine Forest Service regions. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot projects, this summary report provides guidance on the process of conducting such an assessment, with supporting information for all the key stages of the process.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Assessment of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Mississippi

July 2011

Produced by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, this report includes a risk assessment and a detailed vulnerability assessment addressing sea level rise impacts to both natural and man-made systems on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The report also contains a number of sea level rise resiliency strategies categorized into three primary response pathways of armoring, retreating, and adapting.

Related Organizations: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Atoll Island States and Climate Change: Sovereignty Implications

October 2011

This article, by two researchers of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Advanced Studies, summarizes a working paper in which they examine questions of long-term survival for Atoll Island States. These countries could become uninhabitable or submerged in the course of the next century due to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, exacerbated by stronger tropical cyclones. Prominent vulnerable island nations include Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives.

Related Organizations: United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report

September 8, 2014

This report from the National Audubon Society presents the results of a seven year scientific study predicting the potential impact of climate change on 588 North American bird species. Based on four decades of bird census data, this is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and according to Audubon, “it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.”

Related Organizations: National Audubon Society

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

Developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study discusses how the City of Austin, Texas agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a climate 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.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Non-point Sources)

2013

BASINS is a multi-purpose environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one tool. Developed for use by EPA, state, tribal, and local agencies, BASINS provides an integrated watershed assessment and modeling framework, and supports the analysis of point and non-point source management alternatives. The Climate Assessment Tool within BASINS assesses potential impacts of a changing climate on stream flows and pollutant loads.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides Program

2010

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program is focused on helping shoreline communities in the San Francisco Bay area, spanning 10 California counties, to plan for sea-level rise and other climate impacts. Since 2010, the ART Program leads and supports multi-sector, cross-jurisdictional projects that build local and regional capacity in the SF Bay Area to plan for and implement adaptation responses. ART evaluates potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks; identifies effective adaptation strategies that will lead to stronger, more resilient shoreline communities; and develops adaptation planning tools and resources that are useful to communities throughout the Bay Area.

Related Organizations: Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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