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Earl Gregg Swem Library

An Earthquake History: Finding Faults in Virginia

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Examines the history of earthquakes in Virginia and describes a project which attempts to map the state’s seismic zones.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


National Preparedness Report 2015

Categories: Homeland Security,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

Annual report summarizing progress in building and delivering the 31 core capabilities for preparedness against natural and human disasters at all levels of government.  From the Federal Emergency Management Agency


NEX Global Daily Downscaled Climate Projections

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

Interactive dataset containing climate scenarios for the globe.  Each projection includes daily maximum and minimum temperatures, and precipitation for the periods from 1950 forward to 2100 and is designed for examining climate change impacts at local and regional scales.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

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

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

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

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

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

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


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