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EPA Climate Change and Water News is a bi-weekly newsletter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water that covers climate change and water-related news from EPA, other U.S. Federal agencies, and partners. To learn more about climate change impacts on water resources, visit our website at: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange

January 21, 2015

EPA Climate Change and Water News is a bi-weekly newsletter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water that covers climate change and water-related news from EPA, other U.S. Federal agencies, and partners. To learn more about climate change impacts on water resources, visit our website at: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange.


U.S. EPA News

EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative Releases Storm Surge Inundation Map and Scenario-Based Projected Changes Map

The Storm Surge Inundation Map is an interactive map that illustrates the current worst-case storm surge and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The map combines data layers from FEMA 100 and 500 year flood maps as well as NOAA's Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) and the National Hurricane Center's coastal county hurricane strike maps. Explore the map at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/stormsurge.cfm.

The Scenario-Based Projected Changes Map is an online map that provides easy access to localized scenarios of projected changes in annual total precipitation, precipitation intensity, annual average temperature, 100-year storm events, and sea-level rise from EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool. To explore local climate change projection data across the United States, simply zoom in on a location of interest or type a location into the search field of the map. Climate change projection data within this map is provided by grid cell, illustrated as a square grid with 1/2-degree resolution, approximately 32 x 32 miles, for the United States. Explore the map at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/scenario.cfm.

EPA and Antioch University New England to Present Webinar: "Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency-Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment" on January 29 at 12:00 p.m. eastern
This webinar will address assessment, planning, and adaptation to better prepare for the next emergency; and how to sustainably manage flooding and stormwater in order to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. Participants will gain knowledge about the latest innovative approaches to understand the effects of inland flooding and apply low-impact development, site design, and smart growth practices at different scales of implementation. There will be references to pioneering hydrology-based, sub-watershed approaches that have shown mitigation potential not only for stormwater and flooding, but for degradation in water quality. This webinar is part of the series, "Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities," presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with EPA. For more information, visit: http://www.communityresilience-center.org/.


Other Federal News

U.S. Department of Transportation to Offer Webcast on "Climate and Extreme Weather Risk Management Tools - Learning from the Gulf Coast" on January 22 at 2:00 p.m. eastern
Over the past five years, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been conducting a climate change vulnerability assessment pilot in Mobile, Alabama, known as Phase 2 of the Gulf Coast Study. This webcast will explore the valuable climate change risk management tools and resources developed under this project, including: a web-based vulnerability assessment framework; guidance for evaluating criticality of transportation assets; a sensitivity matrix to help evaluate how different modes of transportation may be sensitive to various climate hazards; methodologies for assessing future climate exposure; and case studies of site-level engineering assessments of specific adaptation options. Register for the webcast at: http://mp163422.cdn.mediaplatform.com/163422/wc/mp/4000/15208/15211/43719/Lobby/default.htm?ref=cop.

NOAA National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit Released
Sea Grant recently launched the National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit - a compilation of tools and resources that have been developed over the years by the Sea Grant Network to help local communities become more resilient. As coastal populations continue to grow, it becomes increasingly necessary for communities to become more resilient to a range of natural hazards, water quality challenges, severe weather, and the effects of climate change. Sea Grant programs are spread across diverse communities and specialize in developing tools that are tailored to local needs. This toolkit allows users to learn about tools from across the entire network, giving them the opportunity to adapt tools for their own local needs. Each entry includes a description of the tools, a link for more information, and a point of contact. The toolkit combines more than 100 tools and will be updated as more tools are created. To access the toolkit, visit: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhatWeDo/ResilienceToolkit.aspx.


Other News

National Adaptation Forum Announces Webinar on February 12 and Early Registration Deadline of February 28 for Forum in May 2015
The 2015 National Adaptation Forum, the biennial gathering of the adaptation community to foster information exchange, innovation and mutual support, will be in St. Louis, Missouri from May 12-14, 2015. The Program this year centers on adaptation integration. Organizers are encouraging attendees to take advantage of Early Bird Registration to receive discounted rates. Early Bird Registration ends on February 28 and more information can be found at: http://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/registration. In addition, the next National Adaptation Forum webinar entitled "Ensuring Social Equity in Preparing for Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions," will take place on February 12. For more information, visit: http://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/other-adaptation-events/webinars/ensuring-social-equity-preparing-climate-change-challenges-and.

Abstracts for June 2015 American Water Resources Association Climate Change Adaptation Conference due February 13
This year's American Water Resources Association (AWRA) specialty conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 15-17, 2015. The conference theme is ACTION - how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. This conference will provide a critical path towards informing climate adaptation decisions on the ground. Abstracts are due February 13, 2015. For more information, visit: http://www.awra.org/meetings/NewOrleans2015/index.html.

Pacific Institute Releases Interactive Map of California Urban Water Use
A new web application from the Pacific Institute shows how different California cities are responding to the ongoing drought. This web feature brings to life newly-released data on urban water use and allows users to explore trends and patterns in that use. Since July 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board has required urban water utilities with more than 3,000 customers to report their water use each month. This new data shows total urban water use, as well as residential water use. The Pacific Institute has created an interactive online map and table to help readers decode this wealth of new information on water use in California. These web features allow readers to examine how water use varies within regions, across the state, and over time. Additionally, graphs show how per capita use varies over time and how it compares to the regional and state averages. The interactive table provides a more detailed view of the data.  To access these web applications, visit: http://pacinst.org/news/new-interactive-map-of-californias-urban-water-use/.

University of Colorado Boulder Offers Free, Self-Paced Online Course: "Water in the Western United States"
Join the University of Colorado-Boulder in exploring complex questions as instructors combine an overview of the science behind water and climate in the Western United States with a survey of the major legal, political, and cultural issues focused on this precious resource. During this self-paced online course, students will hear from more than fifteen experts in water management, policy, and research in the West. The course will run over 4.5 weeks requiring a total of 20-25 hours to complete. Start date is April 1, 2015. Course material will begin with history, politics and culture of water development in the Western United States (module 1) and hydrology, water demand and climate in the Western United States (module 2) before diving into a case study around the Colorado River Basin (module 3) and exploring controversial water issues (module 4). This course will also include many resources for educators. Educators can earn professional development credit by signing up for a parallel two credit hours course at the cost of $140. For more information, visit: https://www.coursera.org/course/waterwestus.


Upcoming Webinars, Conferences and Trainings

For a calendar of climate change and water-related trainings, conferences, and webinars, visit: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/climatechange/Calendar-of-Events.cfm.

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