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Urban Planning for Climate Change

2007

This resource offers an overview of climate change indicators, risks, and particular threats to urban centers. It also examines how cities can pursue sustainable design to moderate the effects of climate change, as well as recommendations for further policy research.

Related Organizations: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Author or Affiliated User: Edward J. Blakely

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Climate Change and Forests of the Future: Managing in the Face of Uncertainty

2007

This article offers a conceptual framework for managing forested ecosystems given the uncertainty of the impacts of climate change. The article addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The adaptation strategies presented include resistance options (forestall impacts and protect highly valued resources), resilience options (improve the capacity of ecosystems to return to desired conditions after disturbance), and response options (facilitate transition of ecosystems from current to new conditions).

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley, Ecological Society of America (ESA), USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson, Scott L. Stephens

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Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection

2007

The 2007 Comprehensive Master Plan establishes priorities for coastal protection in Louisiana, presenting a series of recommended hurricane protection and coastal restoration measures. Maps and explanations of the measures, as well as a management strategy for implementing them are also provided. While emphasizing sustainability of ecosystems, flood protection, and communities, this plan proposes integrated flood control projects and coastal restoration initiatives for the long-term sustainability of  both human and natural communities.

Related Organizations: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities

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Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change

November 2006

This paper is intended to “provide a broad conceptual framework for the possible role and objectives of standards and guidelines for the planning, design and construction of the transportation infrastructure under the assumption that climate change is occurring and will impact U.S. transportation.”

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Author or Affiliated User: Michael D. Meyer

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Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region

August 14, 2006

The Tampa Bay region on the west coast of Florida has nearly 700 miles of shoreline susceptible to climate accelerated sea level rise. This draft report provides an overview of the sea level rise projections as understood in 2006, and describes federal, state and local level policies that relate to sea level rise planning. Maps were developed for each of the region’s four counties to demonstrate potential sea level rise projections, along with wetland mapping and “protection scenarios” delineating the likelihood of structural defensive measures (hard or soft) for the remaining coastline.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Long Beach, Mississippi Concept Plan – Oak Park

August 2006

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and significant property destruction, the city of Long Beach, MS developed a proposed comprehensive plan for the city that included a concept for a new public green space called Oak Park to buffer the downtown area from storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.   The plan placed the park between a new roadway to the north and the coastline and Highway 90, which would be redesigned, to the south.  The plan was designed to both revitalize the town aesthetically and provide natural protection for residents from storm events.

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The Impact of Climate Change on New Mexico's Water Supply and Ability to Manage Water Resources

July 2006

The intent of this report is to increase awareness of, and support for, the integration of climate change into existing water management planning efforts and operations. This report reviews the climate science and related impacts on New Mexico's water resources; provides adaptive management strategies for sustainable use of current water supplies; and offers information on integrating effects of climate change into water operations and management planning. .

Related Organizations: New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission

Author or Affiliated User: John. R. D'Antonio

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Climate Change & Aspen: An Assessment of Impacts and Potential Responses

July 2006

Adopted by the City of Aspen, Colorado in 2006, this report includes an assessment of possible climate change impacts to the city, provides an greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the city, sets emissions reductions goals, and facilitates coordination on climate action between city agencies and private entities. The assessment focuses on climate impacts on mountain snow, Aspen's ecology and ecosystem processes, socioeconomics of the ski industry, and the streamflow of the Roaring Fork River which provides municipal water supplies.

Related Organizations: Aspen Global Change Institute, City of Aspen

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USACE Kivalina, Alaska Relocation Master Plan

June 2006

The purpose of this report in 2006 was to provide residents and stakeholders with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the best solution for the community of Kivalina facing the impacts of sea-level rise. This master plan from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides preliminary facility designs, costs, schedule, and a decision matrix for the community of Kivalina and its relocation stakeholders. The current state of the community is discussed in detail including the physical setting of the planning area, descriptions of 'living resources' such as endangered species and habitats, as well as the culture, history and demography of the community.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

June 2006

This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.

Related Organizations: Western States Water Council (WSWC), Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

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