External Documents

Sea Level Rise Impacts Viewer

This excellent experimental website from NOAA's Coastal Services Center provides user adjustable sea level rise levels, marsh locations, related vulnerability information, and flood frequency for selected areas across Southern Mississippi and the Houston/Galveston, TX area. The tool is a collaborative effort between NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Sea Grant (TX, MS/AL, NC, and SC) with additional contributions from the Delaware Coastal Management Program, the University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina Sea Level Rise study team, NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership.

Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

This report summarizes the findings of the Southern Forest Futures Project, an effort to anticipate the future and to analyze what the interaction of future changes might mean for the forests of the South and the services they provide in the region's 13 States.

StormSmart Coasts

StormSmart Coasts is a web resource for decision makers to plan for and protect coastal communities from hazards. Specific state to state information and networking is available. StormSmart Coasts is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Sustainability Goals and Guiding Principles

This excellent resource from ICLEI provides 81 goals and 10 guiding principles that together define community-scale sustainability. These goals and principles form the foundation of a new community index known as "STAR", which is a national framework and performance-management system that will allow governments to measure and rate their sustainability performance.

Suzanne Van Cooten Flash Flooding Webinar

This document discusses the meteorological setup and impacts of the flash flood event that occurred March 11-13, 2012 in Carencro, LA.

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change

This National Academies report is an excellent primer on climate science, how the science is done, climate change impacts, and how science informs decision-making.

When It Rains, It Pours: Global Warming and the Rising Frequency of Extreme Precipitation in the United States

When It Rains, It Pours is a report analyzing 60 years worth of precipitation data authors Madsen and Figdor have gathered. Their studies measured precipitation frequency and intensity in 48 states in order to draw conclusions about how global warming affects precipitation trends.