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2008 National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change

September 2008

Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this national strategy describes over 40 specific actions the National Water Program intends to take to adapt program implementation to regard climate change. Goals for the Program are outlined in five areas: greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation, climate change research related to water, water program education, and water program management. Each of these five goals is supported by a series of objectives and actions that the National Water Program will implement in cooperation with partners.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

This framework is not intended to serve as a tool for determining whether a species is endangered or threatened under the Section 4 listing process of the Endangered Species Act, but rather to provide information to resource managers to help guide management decisions related to threatened and endangered species.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Applications in the Chesapeake Bay (External Review Draft)

June 2010

The goals of EPA’s Global Change Research Program (GCRP) are to assess the potential effects of climate change on water quality, air quality, ecosystem health, and human health, and to provide decision makers with information and tools that enable them to incorporate considerations of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Chris Pyke, J. Randall Freed, Susan Asam

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Review of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Aeroallergens and Their Associated Effects

August 2008

This report presents a survey of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens—pollen, mold, and indoor allergens—in the United States and the allergic diseases associated with them. The report focuses on the three main allergic diseases that have been associated with exposure to aeroallergens—allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and atopic dermatitis (eczema)— and the associated health effects and economic burdens they impose. Specifically the health and economic effects of these aeroallergens are discussed in light of climate change and it's potential impacts on the production, distribution, and dispersion of aeroallergens along with the allergen content and the growth and distribution of the weeds, grasses, trees, and mold that produce them. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors: Janet L. Gamble, Colleen E. Reid, Ellen Post, Jason Sacks

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Screening Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions

February 2008

This report presents the potential implications of climate change on combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions. It is not a detailed analysis of individual systems in these regions. The purpose of this assessment was 1) to determine whether the potential implications of climate change on CSOs in these regions warranted further consideration and study, and 2) to evaluate the need for decision support tools and information that would enable combined sewer system (CSS) managers to incorporate the consideration of climate change into their decision making processes. Wastewater treatment infrastructure was identified as a priority concern because of the essential service provided by these systems to protect public health and ecosystems. Additionally, investments in wastewater treatment infrastructure are long-term, capital-intensive, and often, irreversible in the short- to medium-term.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors: John Furlow, Thomas Johnson, Britta G. Bierwagen, J. Randall Freed, Jeremy Sharfenberg, Sarah Shapiro

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange

Developed under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, the Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange is a website featuring climate change adaptation strategies that water sector utilities are deploying across the country. The website has an interactive map linking to case studies produced by the EPA. Each point on the map represents a drinking water, wastewater, or combined utility that provides the climate threats facing the utility, as well as the corresponding adaptation measures that the utility considered for implementation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adaptive Response Framework for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

November 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptive Response Framework provides guidelines for local water agencies to implement adaptive and mitigating actions to build climate readiness and increased resilience to climate change. The Framework promotes adaptive management, in which agencies can actively respond to the changes and uncertainties of climate data and climate science.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning (Final Report)

March 2010

Because land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive, these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change. Climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. Therefore, when considering long-term acquisition strategies, land protection programs should be considering both the mitigation potential of land through carbon sequestration and the adaptation potential of the land for preserving wildlife migration routes, protecting water sources, and buffering infrastructure and development from storm events.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments (Final Report)

August 2011

This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential adverse impacts of external forces such as long-term climate and land use change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this draft report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on Ground-Level Ozone

April 2009

This report, released in April 2009 by the U.S. EPA’s Global Change Research Program, is intended to provide managers and scientists working on air quality with information on the potential effects of climate change on regional air quality in the U.S. The report summarizes results from the assessment’s first phase, which focused on the development of regional modeling tools that demonstrate the sensitivity of air quality to climate change, with a particular emphasis on summertime ozone.  These modeling tools incorporate the physical and chemical links between global- and regional-scale meteorological processes to project future regional air quality, and account for changes in energy and transportation technologies in future air quality-related emissions. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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