Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program's Climate Ready Estuaries Project

Location

United States
36° 0' 16.8228" N, 75° 58' 13.6524" W
US
Summary: 

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) was one of six pilot programs to receive a technical assistance award in 2008 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program. Seven public listening sessions were held in 2008 to discuss the combined impacts of sea level rise and population growth to the region; in addition, APNEP is working to develop an adaptation communication strategy for local decision makers.

Annapolis Royal Tidal Surge Analysis

Location

159 Saint George St.
B0S Annapolis Royal , NS
Canada
44° 44' 48.0876" N, 65° 31' 5.6712" W
Nova Scotia CA
Summary: 

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, has historically flooded when storm surges coincided with high tides. It is prone to flooding because the town was built upon reclaimed land using dykes constructed in the 17th century and the surrounding land is naturally subsiding. Sea level rise, coupled with more frequent and intense storm surges, increase the vulnerability of the town to flooding. To assess the future impacts of climate change, flood risk assessments were completed using LIDAR data, water modeler software, and historical tidal and flood records.

Sustainable Development Initiatives in the Polar Town of Iqaluit, Canada

Location

Canada
63° 44' 48.0948" N, 68° 31' 1.0812" W
CA
Organization: 
Summary: 

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada funded the city of Iqaluit to identify vulnerabilities of existing infrastructure and develop adaptation options. In particular, the city focused on the impacts that thawing permafrost, increases in extreme weather, changes in precipitation patterns, changes to the coastal environment, and increases in ultraviolet radiation could have on its buildings, roads, water supply, and wastewater treatment facilities.

Halifax Climate SMART: The Climate Sustainable Mitigation and Adaptation Risk Toolkit

Location

PO Box 1749
Halifax , NS
Canada
44° 38' 55.9068" N, 63° 34' 31.152" W
Nova Scotia CA
Summary: 

In response to growing concern about climate change and weather events from 2003 - 2005, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), in conjunction with ClimAdapt, developed Climate SMART (Sustainable Mitigation and Adaptation Risk Toolkit) to achieve two goals: 1) to develop a plan to reduce HRM's greenhouse gas emissions, and 2) to create a management plan to prepare the municipality for projected climate change impacts. The Climate SMART group is a broad collection of partners including HRM, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada, and private companies.

Causes and Adaptation Strategies to Shoreline Erosion in Sept-Îles

Location

Sept-îles , QC
Canada
50° 12' 47.8692" N, 66° 22' 32.8512" W
Quebec CA
Organization: 
Summary: 

Coastal communities adjacent to the Gulf of St. Lawrence are witnessing high rates of shoreline erosion, up to eight meters per year. To assess the causes and develop adaptation solutions to accelerated erosion, the provincial government asked Ouranos, a regional climate consortium, to study historical and current rates and causes of erosion. The study was conducted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, mostly within the municipalities of Sept-Îles, the Magdalen Islands, and Percé.

Greater Vancouver’s Stormwater Management Program

Location

2279 Cornwall Ave
V6K Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 16' 21.378" N, 123° 9' 24.3792" W
British Columbia CA
Organization: 
Summary: 

The Greater Vancouver Regional District created the Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG) to develop a coordinated approach to update municipal stormwater management plans. The SILG created a template for municipalities to create watershed-specific Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs). The ISMPs are designed to improve environmental health and reduce the likelihood of community flooding. While climate change adaptation is not an explicit goal, it is an inherent outcome in successful ISMPs.

Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force

Location

United States
25° 46' 27.3576" N, 80° 11' 37.1724" W
US
Summary: 

The Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF) was created in 2006 to review climate change impacts and advise the Board of County Commissioners on priority mitigation and adaptation actions to respond to these impacts. The CCATF is made up of 25 members and seven committees representing different sectors, which are appointed by the Mayor, Commissioners, and County Manager. The seven committees include over 150 members that review specific climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities that address the built environment, economy, and natural systems.

Vulnerability of King County, Washington Wastewater Treatment Facilities to Sea Level Rise

Location

606 7th Ave
98104 Seattle , WA
United States
47° 36' 16.8516" N, 122° 19' 37.2108" W
Washington US
Summary: 

Forty of King County’s 77 major wastewater facilities are located adjacent to tidally influenced water bodies. Sea level rise due to thermal expansion and melting glaciers coupled with storm surge could make the low-lying treatment facilities prone to flooding in the future. The County assessed the vulnerability of its wastewater treatment facilities using sea level rise projections, historical tidal data and site elevations. The report concludes that based upon current sea level rise projections, the probability of imminent damage to King County’s wastewater treatment facilities is low.

Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan

Location

99603 Homer , AK
United States
59° 38' 33" N, 151° 32' 53.9988" W
Alaska US
Summary: 

In 2007, Homer, Alaska was selected to pilot the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities program. This program works with local governments to catalog greenhouse gas emissions and to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies. In December 2007 Homer released the Climate Action Plan.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge/Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula Climate Adaptation Project

Location

United States
35° 48' 52.0992" N, 75° 49' 4.8864" W
US
Summary: 

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Dare and Hyde Counties, North Carolina, in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary. This pilot project is the result of a partnership between the North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to evaluate the effects of different adaptation strategies on areas impacted (or likely to be impacted) by sea level rise. This is an adaptive management study to determine how to make the shoreline more resilient to rising sea levels.