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This tab presents climate science and tools for understanding climate change impacts to the water sector and potential adaptation options.

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Georgetown Climate Center Green Infrastructure Toolkit

September 14, 2016

From the Georgetown Climate Center, the new Green Infrastructure Toolkit is a comprehensive guide presenting a wide array of best green infrastructure practices from cities across the country. The tool is integrated with this Adaptation Clearinghouse to showcase some of the best examples available, whether you are just getting started, scaling up, determining how to pay for green infrastructure, or working to ensure that local policies are integrated with climate equity and environmental justice efforts in the community.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Aquarius: A Modeling System for River Basin Water Allocation

Aquarius is a software application developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U. S Forest Service and Colorado State University. The modeling system depicts the temporal and spatial allocation of water flows among competing traditional and nontraditional water uses in a river basin. The program can be used to determine economically efficient water destination strategies by systematically examining, using a nonlinear optimization technique, the feasibility of reallocating unused or marginally valuable water storage and releases in favor of alternative uses.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, U.S. Forest Service: Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gustavo E. Diaz, Thomas C. Brown, Oli Sveinsson

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.5: Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States

February 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP summarizes currently knowledge about direct and indirect effects of climate change on energy consumption, production, and supply in the U.S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas J. Wilbanks, Vatsal Bhatt, Daniel E. Bilello, Stanley R. Bull, James Ekmann, William C. Horak, Y. Joe Huang, Mark D. Levine, Michael J. Sale, David K. Schmalzer, Michael J. Scott

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.3: The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity

May 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. SAPs are being produced under the auspices of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates the climate change research activities of U. S. government agencies. The lead sponsor of this particular assessment product is the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, David Schimel, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Fay, L. Hahn, C. Izaurralde, B.A. Kimball, T. Mader, J. Morgan, D. Ort, W. Polley, A. Thomson, D. Wolfe, M.G. Ryan, S.R. Archer, R. Birdsey, C. Dahm, L. Heath, J. Hicke, D. Hollinger, T. Huxman, G. Okin, R. Oren, J. Randerson, W. Schlesinger, D. Lettenmaier, D. Major, L. Poff, S. Running, L. Hansen, D. Inouye, B.P. Kelly, L. Meyerson, B. Peterson, R. Shaw.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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State of the Climate 2015

August 2016

The State of the Climate report is an annual summary describing the global climate. The 2015 report is a collaborative effort of more than 450 scientists from 62 countries led by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This 300+ page report provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, describes notable weather events, and summarizes data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice and in space.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California State Adaptation Clearinghouse - ResilientCA.org

2018

California’s Adaptation Clearinghouse has been developed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in response to CA’s 2015 Senate Bill 246 - which directed OPR to form the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. One main component of the Program is the State Adaptation Clearinghouse, which serves as a “centralized source of information and resources to assist decision makers at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation projects to promote resiliency across California.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange

Developed under the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, the Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange is a website featuring climate change adaptation strategies that water sector utilities are deploying across the country. The website has an interactive map linking to case studies produced by the EPA. Each point on the map represents a drinking water, wastewater, or combined utility that provides the climate threats facing the utility, as well as the corresponding adaptation measures that the utility considered for implementation.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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