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Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure

Provides mapping tools that show people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding.  The current geography covers the east coast and Gulf of Mexico coastline.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

Categories: Climate Change,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nist.gov/el/building_materials/resilience/guide.cfm

Draft of a guide which aims to help communities prepare for and recover from wind, floods, earthquakes, sea-level rise and other hazards.  Provides for 60 day period for public comments before final version is issued in the fall of 2015.  From the National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment: Draft for Public Comment

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/09/fact-sheet-us-caricom-summit-deepening-energy-cooperation

This scientific assessment reviews new literature on the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. including temperature related death and illness, air quality, vectorborne disease, water problems, food safety, extreme weather and mental health.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

New American Housing Survey Statistics Reveal Snapshot of U.S. Homes

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Statistics,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-61.html

Agency press release with links to detailed housing statistic tables.  Discusses new questions on survey covering disaster preparedness, community involvement, neighborhood characteristics, and public transportation.  From the Census Bureau

 

Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/pubs/nhi14006/nhi14006.pdf

Provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the vulnerability of coastal transportation facilities to extreme events and climate change.  Identifies vulnerabilities by region along with methods for modeling them and the likely impacts of climate change.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

Geotechnical Aspects in the Epicentral Region of the 2011 Mw5.8 Mineral Virginia Earthquake

Categories: Geology/Mining,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://specialpapers.gsapubs.org/content/509/151

Documents geological details of the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake to help assess current geoengineering practices in the region as well as the seismic performance of the region’s aging infrastructure.  Abstract only is available free.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/february/nasa-study-finds-carbon-emissions-could-dramatically-increase-risk-of-us/#.VN4G6mO9aPw

Press release with summary of scientific article on likelihood of major droughts in the southwestern U.S. after 2050 due to effects of climate change.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Key Diplomat’s Personal Notebook Sheds Light on Inner Workings of U.S. Government Response to Genocide Unfolding in Rwanda in 1994

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Weather/Disasters

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB500/

Excerpts from the notebook of the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda during the period of genocide plus a collection of 41 documents illustrating the diplomatic maneuvering at the time.  From the National Security Archive

 

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