When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, it became clear that leadership from local government, businesses, and civic institutions is needed now more than ever. So Mayor Jackson, along with 400 "Climate Mayors" across the country, re-affirmed our commitment to climate action (see video from 2017).
The City of New Bedford and the neighboring Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise (SLR), especially in the event of a hurricane barrier failure in a storm. The projected interaction between SLR, increased storm intensity, and heavier precipitation is expected to impact the area’s public and private property including associated water quality infrastructure and at-risk populations.
This manual was written to make the strategies developed for ABAG and BCDC’s Housing and Community Multiple Hazard Risk Assessment Project accessible and usable for local jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area. It is a resource to support action at multiple levels to address seismic and flooding vulnerabilities in the Bay Area. While we continue to learn about risks in the Bay Area, we know actions that can happen now to help the region become more resilient in the face of earthquakes and flooding.
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This 2018 Coastal Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Project (Report) provides the City of Carpinteria (City), public service providers, interested members of the public, and community organizations with a comprehensive, science-based assessment of the vulnerabilities of City resources, structures, and infrastructure, as well as the potential for future damages to the City associated with various coastal hazards, including sea level rise.
Adaptation Action Areas are a designation in the Coastal Management Element of a local government comprehensive plan which identifies one or more areas that experience coastal flooding due to extreme high tides and storm surge, and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning. These Adaptation Action Areas, or Adaptation Areas, will help the City reach these goals, keeping Fort Lauderdale safe and prepared.
The San Diego region is a center of economic activity, diversity, and culture in Southern California.
Sea level rise and climate change threaten coastal communities and resources, presenting new management challenges to cities. Through this assessment the City of Imperial Beach is working to understand their vulnerabilities, as they prepare for a changing climate. The purpose of the 2016 City of Imperial Beach Sea Level Rise Assessment (“Report”) is to enhance community understanding of future climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies. There are three project goals:
The City of Santa Cruz has long been a leader in environmental sustainability and disaster recovery. Santa Cruz has extensive experience in preparing for and responding to disasters such as earthquakes, floods and drought. The community has come back from each experience stronger and better prepared for what lies ahead. We have not only recovered from these hazards but have strengthened our city by taking steps to avoid the impacts of these hazards should they occur again. As an example, our downtown corridor along Pacific Avenue was nearly destroyed by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
In the spring of 2017, the Town of Kiawah Island’s Environmental Committee formed a subcommittee to proactively identify steps our community could take to address increased flooding frequency and adapt to future water level changes. This report attempts to identify ways in which Kiawah might be impacted by rising seas and changing weather patterns, to assess potential vulnerabilities to those changes, and to suggest practical actions that Kiawah might take to mitigate those vulnerabilities and ensure a prosperous future.
Sea level rise is becoming a major problem for transportation agencies. This study examines three issues: (1) identifying the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on areas that may be evacuated from a hurricane, (2) evaluating microscopic and mesoscopic traffic simulation tools for evacuation scenarios, and (3) identifying adaptation strategies that could be useful for addressing sea level rise and protecting the road network.