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Building Resiliency in Response to Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding: Comprehensive Planning in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Discusses the General Assembly mandate to Hampton Roads communities to incorporate strategies within their comprehensive planning to mitigate sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Describes some measures adopted by governments, businesses, and households in response to the mandate. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads: Draft

Categories: Climate Change,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Hampton Roads is second only to New Orleans in terms of vulnerability to sea level rise in the U.S. This is a first draft version of a GIS-based flooding vulnerability analysis for potential sea level rise and storm surge impacts to regional roadways by 2045. From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


State of the Climate

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

Compare past reports on annual climate back to 1997. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

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

Press release announcing that 2015 surface temperatures on earth were the warmest since record keeping began in 1880. Includes links to the full temperature data set and the methodology behind the temperature calculations. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Annual 2015 U.S. Climate Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Press release with summary of full report to be released on January 13, 2016. Reports that average annual U.S. temperature in 2015 was 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the second warmest year on record. The average temperature exceeded the 20th century average for the 19th consecutive year. Also covers precipitation and major weather events of the year. From the National Centers for Environmental Information.


WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2014

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

Latest annual report on the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Reports atmospheric abundances and rates of change of the most important greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—and provides a summary of the other gases. From the World Meteorological Organization


Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record

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

Press release on the latest greenhouse gas measurements from an international monitoring organization. In Spring 2015 the global average concentration of carbon dioxide exceeded the symbolically significant 400 ppm level. Includes links to the full report. From the World Meteorological Organization


Climate at a Glance

Categories: Maps/Geography,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Interactive mapping interface which displays data for each of 344 climate divisions in the U.S. Climate Divisional Database. View maps of monthly or yearly values, ranks, or anomalies for temperature, precipitation, heating and cooling degree days, and drought indices. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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