What can coastal resilience teach Tornado Alley?
Hint: it has to do with hurricane clips.
Follow-up on climate change grants in Massachusetts
We reported in January that the Patrick Administration in MA was ready to start a $40m grant program for coastal communities to prepare for climate change. $1m has been awarded in 10 grants so far. You can read all about it here.
New publication in the Library
Bobbak Talebi, network member and Coastal Planner at the Department of Ecology, has created a database of WA communities that are adapting to sea level rise. This was created for the Coastal Training Program's new class, Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Planning Opportunities for Washington State. This database has been added to the CHRN library. We hope to have similar documents for other hazards available soon. If you know of a community taking action for sea level rise or other coastal hazards, email me through the link at the top of this page.
Grosvenor has published "Resilient Cities", a report on resilience as a combination of vulnerability and adaptiveness.
In general, says the report, "US cities do not score particularly well in our vulnerability rankings. Inequality in US cities leads to social tension, utilities lack investment, and urban sprawl leads to the over consumption of land resource. US cities are currently weak on access to energy but that situation is changing fast due to shale gas exploitation. The strong US ranking is due to adaptive capacity, where resources, public accountability of elected officials and the technology of the US are dominating factors. This suggests that US cities will continue to see a pattern of effective public intervention, but often only after a major shock has occurred."
Grosvenor ranks Seattle as the 11th-most adaptive and resilient city in the world. The scores were based on a combination of factors: form of governance, institutional capacity, technical and academic capacity, disaster preparedness and funding resources.
While this report is ultimately aimed at the financial sector, it is fairly concise and worth a read.
A busy time for the federal government!
First, the 2014 National Climate Assessment has been released. This is the third NCA and it details how climate change has already been observed around the United States. The NCA includes chapters that focus on specific geographic regions, economic sectors, and indigenous people. You can directly view the Northwest regional chapter here. The White House has also put out press releases that break observed climate change down even further by state. The Washington press release is here and is worth a look.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking lead and partner institutions to form a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. You can view one of those calls here on grants.gov, or go to our grants calendar for more information.
Thirdly, the NOAA Ocean Service has released a "road map" for the next 3-5 years, showing how NOAA will take action on:
•Coastal resilience: preparedness, response, and recovery
The road map is a great window into the new Office for Coastal Management (OCM), the new combined OCRM/CSC. OCM is lead on important outcomes under the Coastal Resilience priority, plays a solid supporting role in coastal intelligence and place-based conservation priorities (although is lead on the place-based outcome related to “Ecosystems Service Valuation” on p. 14).
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