Resources for Climate Adaptation

The following is a list of selected resources in climate preparedness planning. The resources are broken out into three categories: New Hampshire Resources, Regional Resources, and National Resources.

New Hampshire Resources

2-page summary of the NH Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission Science & Technical Advisory Panel Report: smaller web/electronic version and larger print version (color or b&w)

New Hampshire Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission website provides information about the state legislative Commission activities, public meetings, and contact information. The Commission is set to make recommendations for preparing for and adapting to NH coastal risks and hazards by December 2016. The Commission’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee Report present the most recent statewide efforts to summarize climate science related to NH coastal risks and hazards such as sea-level rise, storm surges, and precipitation.

The New Hampshire Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool that brings coastal resources spatial data, hazards-related spatial data, and other spatial data sets within NH’s 42 coastal watershed communities together in one place. Users can search for available data sets; display the data sets in multiple ways; and create, print, and share customized maps. Overall, the goals of the Coastal Viewer are to serve as a one-stop shop for all coastal resources and hazards-related spatial data in NH’s coastal watershed; to improve access to new and existing spatial data sets; and to provide information about coastal resources, hazards, and opportunities to reduce risk from these hazards and increase coastal resiliency.

The Adaptation Toolkit for New Hampshire Communities provides communities with a path to plan for future extreme weather events.

Climate Change in the Piscataqua /Great Bay Region: Past, Present, and Future describes how the climate of the Piscataqua/Great Bay region has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region will be affected by human activities that are warming the planet. This report is by Carbon Solutions New England, Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire.  A two-page summary of the report is also available.

Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire Past, Present, and Future describes how the climate of southern New Hampshire has changed and how the future climate of the region will be affected by climate change. This report is by Carbon Solutions New England, Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Forging the Link: Linking the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Community Decisions documents, through a series of case studies, the advantages of Low Impact Development in the economic terms of how municipal land use decisions are commonly made.

Home Grown: The Economic Impact of Local Food Systems in New Hampshire seeks to provide an answer to the question: What are local, healthy foods, and the food system that supports them, worth?

New Hampshire Building Energy Code Compliance Roadmap Report maps out New Hampshire’s existing energy code landscape, identifies barriers to energy code compliance across the state’s residential and commercial building sectors, and presents a plan outlining New Hampshire-specific recommendations for achieving  90 percent energy code compliance by 2017.

NH Granit is New Hampshire’s Statewide Geographic Information System Clearinghouse. It offers an array of geospatial services, including: data development and distribution, spatial analysis, online mapping (including 100-year flood plain maps), cartography, and related technical services.

New Hampshire Lives on Water is the final report of the New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission and makes recommendations to ensure that the quality and quantity of New Hampshire’s water in twenty-five years is as good as or better than it is today.

New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions provides a gateway to information and resources that promote local energy solutions in New Hampshire. It is intended to empower those on energy committees, in municipalities, and schools to tackle the complexities of reducing our reliance on fossil fuel energy.

New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning Floodplain Management Program administers the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program in New Hampshire. Explore resources about floodplain management, including the New Hampshire Coastal Mapping Project which developed the latest Flood Insurance Rate Maps for parts of coastal New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning—Cost of Sprawl Tool has been designed as a decision-support tool for New Hampshire’s local and regional planners to evaluate the financial impact on local governments related to new development.

New Hampshire’s Changing Landscape explores the relationships between population growth, land use change, and the impact of development upon the state’s natural resources, including our forest and agricultural lands, critical water supply resources, and biodiversity.

The Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup is building climate resilient communities in the Upper Valley through research, information sharing, and education.

Regional Resources

Extreme Precipitation in New York and New England provides an updated extreme precipitation analysis via an interactive web tool.

The Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet) is dedicated to accelerating climate science and engineering research in the Northeastern United States. It focuses on climate change and sea level rise impacts and adaptation for sustainable bridges, roads, and transportation networks.

National Resources

The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange features a vast library of concise case studies of climate adaptation from around the country and the world. It also provides links to funding sources for adaptation.

The Georgetown Climate Center provides resources to help communities prepare for climate change, including the Adaptation Clearinghouse, Adaptation Tool Kits, lessons learned, and case studies.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report provides a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It consists of three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR) which integrates and synthesizes material in the WG reports for policymakers.

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

The President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders’ Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Final Report presents recommendations on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change by removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures.

Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse is the U.S. Department of Transportation website that provides information on transportation and climate change.

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a framework to guide you through the process of planning and implementing resilience-building projects.