External Documents

Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States

This short report presents an overview of the current understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the United States and the implications of uncertainty on the policy process.

Power and Water at Risk

Across the United States, our demand for electricity is colliding with our need for healthy and abundant freshwater. Our electricity system's dependence on water runs deep: waters role in hydro-power, and the risks to hydroelectric generation when water is unavailable, are clear, but large steam-generating power plants (particularly the fossil-fuel- and nuclear-powered plants that produce the lions share of our electricity) also rely often very heavily on water for cooling purposes. Water resources, however, are under increasing pressure and, in some instances, have been unable to meet power plant cooling needs. As our demand for electricity continues to rise, the water dependence of many power plants puts the electricity sector, water resources, and other water users at growing risk.

Public Health and Climate Change

A Guide for Increasing the Capacity of Local Health Departments - This document provides an overview of climate change and potential public health impacts as well as step-by-step instructions on how public health agencies can prepare for climate change.

Regional Disaster Resilience

The 2011 Regional Disaster Resilience (RDR) Guide for Developing an Action Plan (Guide) released in October is an updated and expanded version of the original guide published in June 2006 by The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP). Like its predecessor, the updated guide is a beneficial and usable tool that enables practitioners and experts from government, the private sector, and other interested organizations to develop and operationalize an actionable strategy and ongoing process to collectively improve capabilities to withstand major events and disasters in today's complex and interdependent world.

Sea Level Rise Impacts Viewer

This excellent experimental website from NOAA's Coastal Services Center provides user adjustable sea level rise levels, marsh locations, related vulnerability information, and flood frequency for selected areas across Southern Mississippi and the Houston/Galveston, TX area. The tool is a collaborative effort between NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Sea Grant (TX, MS/AL, NC, and SC) with additional contributions from the Delaware Coastal Management Program, the University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina Sea Level Rise study team, NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership.

Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

This report summarizes the findings of the Southern Forest Futures Project, an effort to anticipate the future and to analyze what the interaction of future changes might mean for the forests of the South and the services they provide in the region's 13 States.

StormSmart Coasts

StormSmart Coasts is a web resource for decision makers to plan for and protect coastal communities from hazards. Specific state to state information and networking is available. StormSmart Coasts is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Sustainability Goals and Guiding Principles

This excellent resource from ICLEI provides 81 goals and 10 guiding principles that together define community-scale sustainability. These goals and principles form the foundation of a new community index known as "STAR", which is a national framework and performance-management system that will allow governments to measure and rate their sustainability performance.

Suzanne Van Cooten Flash Flooding Webinar

This document discusses the meteorological setup and impacts of the flash flood event that occurred March 11-13, 2012 in Carencro, LA.

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change

This National Academies report is an excellent primer on climate science, how the science is done, climate change impacts, and how science informs decision-making.