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USFS: Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the U.S.

January 2016

From the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States,” is a 200+ page report focusing on drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire; and consequences for forest and rangeland values.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James M. Vose, James S. Clark, Charlie H. Luce, Toral Patel-Weynand

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate

March 2008

Comparing average temperatures in the last five years to 20th century averages, the West has experienced 70 percent more warming than the world as a whole. This report assesses impacts the West faces with rising temperatures and changes in precipitation levels and patterns. Chapters 6 and 7 provide an overview of mitigation actions to date (2008) and makes high-level recommendations for policymakers. Appendix A provides a 100-year analysis of warming for each of the 11 states in the West (1908-2007).

Related Organizations: Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephen Saunders, Charles Montgomery, Tom Easley, Theo Spencer

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Biodiversity in New Mexico

December 4, 2008

The New Mexico Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Nature Conservancy produced this vulnerability assessment in two parts: Part I - "Implications of Recent Climate Change on Conservation Priorities in New Mexico" and Part II - "Conservation Implications of Emerging Moisture Stress due to Recent Climate Changes in New Mexico." Part one is a state-wide assessment of the climate change vulnerability of priority habitats and wildlife species.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Carolyn A. F. Enquist, David F. Gori

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Drought and Equity in California

January 9, 2017

Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the five-year and ongoing drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. Three major impacts of the drought are the focus of the report, including water supply shortages, drought charges and water affordability, and the drought impacts on salmon fisheries. The Pacific Institute finds that water shortages and price increases affected access to safe, affordable water for Californians, with the most severe impacts on several vulnerable populations.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

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National Drought Mitigation Center: Drought Impact Reporter

From the National Drought Mitigation Center of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, this database stores and displays comprehensive information related to drought impacts in the U.S. Accessible information provides key drought context and detail, as well as readily summarized information on impacts related to:

Related Organizations: National Drought Mitigation Center

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Bureau of Reclamation Drought Response Program

2016

The Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program provides assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including for the consideration of climate change information and for taking actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

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California SB 758 - Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

October 9, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 758 into law in October 2015, establishing the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Led by DWR and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD) the research aims to better manage water supply by expanding climate and weather research focused on the causes of drought and flood.   The legislation supports research in climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

Related Organizations: State of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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