New Jersey Climate Change Adaptation Using Community Plan Endorsements

Location

101 South Broad Street
08625 Trenton , NJ
United States
40° 13' 7.6728" N, 74° 45' 53.1072" W
New Jersey US
Summary: 

The New Jersey Office of Smart Growth helps to implement the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan in which climate change adaptation is incidental to appropriate comprehensive land use planning.

Incorporating Climate Change Impacts into Activities in Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Location

United States
26° 53' 7.188" N, 82° 6' 42.5376" W
US
Summary: 

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) conducted a regionwide vulnerability assessment and developed an adaptation plan for the City of Punta Gorda, Florida over a two year period, and is now working to develop a set of climate change indicators and a monitoring plan.

The Oyster River Culvert Analysis Project: Final Technical Report

Studies have already detected intensification of precipitation events consistent with climate change projections. Communities may have a window of opportunity to prepare, but information sufficiently quantified and localized to support adaptation programs is sparse: published literature is typically characterized by general resilience building or regional vulnerability studies. The Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC observed that adaptation can no longer be postponed pending the effective elimination of uncertainty. Methods must be developed that manage residual uncertainty, providing community leaders with decision-support information sufficient for implementing infrastructure adaptation programs. This study developed a local-scale and actionable protocol for maintaining historical risk levels for communities facing significant impacts from climate change and population growth.

Planning for Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge in Worcester County, Maryland

Location

United States
38° 5' 27.5136" N, 75° 13' 24.2004" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

In 2001, the Worcester County Planning Commission voted to update the county's Comprehensive Development Plan. The county assessed the threat of sea level rise as well as storm surge and incorporated these findings into the revised comprehensive plan. The final plan specifically calls for the development of a sea level rise response strategy including a two-foot freeboard requirement for properties in flood areas and a policy to discourage shoreline hardening. The plan also directs future growth to areas outside hurricane storm surge zones and floodplains.

Increasing Awareness and Resilience of Coastal Wetlands and Reefs in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Location

ROO
Mexico
19° 16' 33.1968" N, 88° 28' 52.104" W
Quintana Roo MX
Summary: 

The Centro Ecológico Akumal (Ecology Center in Akumal or CEA) is working on three main objectives in their conservation program for the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo: marine and coastal protection, sea turtle protection, and water quality. The main goal for 2010 is a "clean water” program to increase resilience of the coastal areas and nearshore reefs. Climate change is still not a priority for the local government and has not been a priority for the area, even though state climate action plans are now mandated by the Mexican government.

Sea Level Rise Initiative Project Compendium March 2010

Sea level rise has the potential to significantly impact Delaware’s economy, coastal resources and communities over the next several decades. Rising sea levels can submerge low-lying lands; erode beaches; convert wetlands to open water; contribute to more severe coastal flooding; and increase the salinity of estuaries and aquifers.

The purpose of this compendium is to provide an at-a-glance inventory and timeline of projects (see pages 4-6) that are currently underway as part of the Delaware Coastal Programs’ Sea Level Rise Initiative. It also provides a way to visualize how these projects fit together. Projects conducted by other agencies are not represented in this document, but there are many other agencies whose work will be essential to preparing for sea level rise and coastal inundation.The projects listed in this document are evolving. The timelines, process and intended outcomes of each project within this compendium are subject to change. However, it is the intent to update this document on a routine basis so that our partner agencies can be kept up to date on sea level rise activities.

Hawai‘i’s Changing Climate, Briefing Sheet, 2010

Description:

How is global climate change influencing the climate in Hawai‘i? The purpose of this briefing sheet is to describe what is known in answer to this question as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and in government reports and websites. Prepared by Dr. Chip Fletcher, professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai‘i, the briefing sheet is a statement of facts for legislators, leaders, and decision-makers.

Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts on the Coastal Wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico

Location

United States
20° 3' 21.3516" N, 94° 32' 54.024" W
US
Summary: 

This pilot project was designed to gather information to support adaptation policy development in Mexico. The project uses representative coastal wetland areas and associated inland basins to study biological function and biodiversity, the roles of these wetlands to the community’s water supply, and the environmental function to climate change impacts, especially increased temperatures, droughts, and sea level rise. The results of the project will help educate Mexico on the value of these wetlands and help guide policy recommendations on climate change adaptation for the coastal area.

Systematically Prioritizing Restoration Projects in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Location

Terrebonne , LA
United States
29° 13' 47.8848" N, 90° 45' 11.8116" W
Louisiana US
Summary: 

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) developed a statewide coastal restoration and hurricane protection plan in 2007. To assess implementation strategies at the local level, Terrebonne Parish hired a consultant to produce a report that scaled state-level recommendations to community-level actions and priorities. The final report, the Comprehensive Plan for Coastal Restoration in Terrebonne Parish, was released in 2009.

Florida Energy and Climate Commission

Location

600 South Calhoun Street, Suite 251
32399-1300 Tallahassee , FL
United States
30° 26' 15.72" N, 84° 16' 46.542" W
Florida US
Summary: 

Florida’s Energy and Climate Commission is composed of nine commissioners. Florida’s Governor appoints seven members and the remaining two are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture Service and the Chief Financial Officer. The Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Florida’s Energy and Climate Action Plan, which was submitted to Florida Governor Charlie Crist on October 15, 2008.