Resources for U.S. Territories

This tab includes adaptation resources created for or by U.S. territories and island nations that face unique risks from climate change.

 

 

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Building climate resilience is integral to continued prosperity in the Caribbean

2017

The following summary was provided by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network:

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Caribbean climate adaptation – The role of government

March 2017

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has been researching, advocating and publishing on climate change adaptation policy in the Caribbean for over ten years. Some of their findings and resulting resources are presented on this CDKN Caribbean climate adaptation website about the role of government - described as a “knowledge package. ” This package which includes research papers, case studies, and decision-support tools, is the first of four planned knowledge packages on climate change in the Caribbean.

Author or Affiliated User: Will Bugler

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Climate Adaptation Priorities for the Western States: Scoping Report

June 2010

The Western Governors Association's Climate Adaptation Work Group's first task was to develop this scoping report in an effort to identify state and regional priorities for planning and adapting to a changing climate. Three specific goals were identified for further discussion: 1) foster coordination on adaptation activities, particularly between state and federal efforts; 2) identify key science needs for Western states; and 3) begin to share smart practices among states. This report focuses on priority actions that could help states adequately plan for and improve resiliency to a changing climate.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in the American Samoa

June 2007

This report focuses on the reefs of American Samoa as a case study for how managers can approach assessments of reef vulnerabilities to climate change and interacting stressors, identification of adaptive management strategies in response, and integration of management options with existing protocol.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change and the Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts

December 2012

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) produced this report on climate change impacts, indicators, and adaptive capacity of Hawai‘i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, with the support of nearly 100 scientific experts and practitioners.  The report was a regional contribution integrated into the Third National Climate Assessment. 

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change in the Pacific Islands

This website from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a synthesis of climate science in the Pacific Region, including separate pages for the Pacific Northwest and for the Pacific Islands.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

April 20, 2017

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change.

Related Organizations: The Center for Responsible Travel

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kreg Ettenger, Martha Honey, Samantha Hogenson

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves Project Grants

Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves project grants are awarded to coastal states, including those that border the Great Lakes and non-continental U. S. territories, to assist in the development, acquisition, monitoring, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves. These grants are provided for the purpose of creating natural field laboratories to gather data and make studies of, and educate people about the natural and human processes occurring within the estuaries of the coastal zone.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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