List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

ADCIRC Advanced Circulation Model for Coastal Ocean Hydrodynamics

AGW anthropogenic greenhouse warming

AMO Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

AOSIS Alliance of Small Island States

ASU Arizona State University

CEST Coastal and Estuarine Storm Time

CFL Compact Fluorescent Light

CHP combined heat and power

CICEANA Centro de Información y Comunicación Ambiental de Norte América

CZM Coastal Zone Management

DE distributed energy

DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

EESI Energy and Environment Security Initiative

ENSO El-Niño Southern Oscillation

ESMR Electrically Scanning Microwave Radiometer

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FIU Florida International University

GISS Goddard Institute of Space Studies

GSEII Global Sustainable Energy Island Initiative

HGCI Harvard Green Campus Initiative

ICEsat Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite

IHRC International Hurricane Research Center

InSAR Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

LIDAR light detection and ranging

MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

MSL mean sea level

MSX Multinucleated sphere X

NAELS National Association of Environmental Law Societies


National Flood Insurance Program


New York-New Jersey


Penn State - National Center for Atmospheric Research


Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative


Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer


Special Sensor Microwave Imager


sea surface temperature


transmission and distribution


The Regeneration Project


United Nations Industrial Development Organization


West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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