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Abstract

The need for municipalities, regional planning organizations, the state and federal agencies to increase resilience and adapt to extreme weather events and mounting natural hazards is strikingly evident along the coast of Connecticut. Recent events such as Tropical Storm Irene, the Halloween Snow Storm, and Storm Sandy have reinforced this urgency and compelled leading communities like the Town of Madison to proactively plan and mitigate potential risks through a community-driven process.

Location

Madison Town Campus
8 Campus Drive
06443 Madison, CT
United States
41° 17' 44.232" N, 72° 34' 35.0328" W
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Project Summary/Overview

The Madison Hazards and Community Resilience Workshops: Summary of Findings report is the culmination of an engagement process focused on comprehensively reducing risk and improving resilience in the Town of Madison, Connecticut through a community-driven process. This effort identified the top priority adaptation actions for the town derived through stakeholder consensus.

Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes Tool

Location

United States
37° 54' 37.2456" N, 122° 23' 55.2552" W
Tool Description: 

The Future Marshes Tool will help you:

  • View and query maps to understand how sea level rise may change the extent of tidal marsh habitat and bird species distribution over the next 100 years
  • Make informed decisions about adaptation planning, restoration potential, and land acquisition given various sea-level rise and sedimentation scenarios.
  • Identify areas both vulnerable and resilient to future sea-level rise

Location

94510 Benicia, CA
United States
38° 2' 57.714" N, 122° 9' 30.8808" W

Project Summary/Overview

Benicia is a waterfront community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is home to a thriving arts community, beautiful weather and scenic vistas, a downtown full of charming boutiques and antique shops, and an industrial park and port that provide jobs to Benicia residents. However, all of this is threatened by the impacts of future climate change. Sea level rise, storm surge, and extreme temperatures are projected to increase significantly over the coming decades.

Abstract

Salem recognizes the importance of being prepared for climate change and has produced this Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (Plan). The Plan investigates some of the most serious climate change impacts, the resulting stresses to different sectors in the City, and outlines project ideas to address some of the most critical issues. The goal for this plan is to identify immediate, actionable adaptation priorities, and incorporate these into existing and future projects and policies.

Abstract

The insurance industry's keen interest in climate change goes back decades. Evan Mills, a climate change researcher at the University of California who specializes in the financial services sector, explains that climate change is a “stress test” for the insurance industry because “insurers abhor unquantified and unpriced risks, as well as market distortions” introduced by public policy makers.

Abstract

How does one protect and enhance the value of a real estate asset, community, and infrastructure as the climate changes and sea levels rise?

Abstract

What constitutes strengthening resilience through equitable adaptation planning? How do we assess the context comprehensively so that effective methods are designed? To be able to declare that community resilience has been achieved, we must develop systems that address the needs and provide protection for those most vulnerable and marginalized.

Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map

Location

United States
28° 58' 45.5232" N, 90° 21' 5.6268" W
Tool Summary / Overview: 

This map illustrates current worst-case coastal storm surge or inundation scenarios and hurricane strike frequency derived from:

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