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Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Fish and Wildlife in North Carolina

2010

Prepared by the Defenders of Wildlife for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the NC Wildlife Action Plan Workshop Steering Committee, this report provides a thorough overview of climate change impacts and recommended planning approaches for fish and wildlife in North Carolina.  

Related Organizations: Defenders of Wildlife, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: A. DeWan, N. Dubois, K. Theoharides, J. Boshoven.

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Decision-Making For At-Risk Communities In a Changing Climate

2010

Prepared by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, this report informs decision-makers relating to climate change and uncertainty, risk management, and community relocation planning and sustainability - specifically as it relates to infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) - RISA, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Satellite Beach Sea-Level Rise Comprehensive Plan Recommendations

2010

In the fall of 2009, the City of Satellite Beach, Florida, authorized a project designed to assess municipal vulnerability to rising sea level and initiate the planning process to properly mitigate impacts. The city has a total area of 4. 3 square miles, in which 2. 9 square miles of it is land and 1. 4 square miles of it (31. 94%) is water. The City’s highest elevation barely exceeds 20 ft (6. 1 m) and is associated with the Atlantic Ocean coastal dune system, which otherwise averages about +15 ft (4.

Related Organizations: City of Satellite Beach, Florida

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Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

2009

From the National Academies Press, this expansive report examines the growing need for organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, the report develops guidance for government agencies at all levels, as well as private organizations, that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council

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City of Phoenix, Arizona Tree and Shade Master Plan

2010

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one single solution.   By investing in trees and the urban forest, the city can reduce its carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, increase biodiversity, address the urban heat island effect, clean the air, and increase property values.

Related Organizations: City of Phoenix, Arizona

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City of Virginia Beach 2009 Comprehensive Plan - Policy Document

December 8, 2009

As one of the first cities in the U.S. to factor climate change into their Comprehensive Plan, the City of Virginia Beach identifies both mitigation and adaptation policy options, with an emphasis on preparing for sea level rise.

Related Organizations: City of Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms

December 2009

This paper discusses three ways in which infrastructure-related decision making can be responsive to climate change impacts. it suggests three different policies that would affect the way transportation investments are made and existing structures are maintained. First, it suggests that agencies shift to an asset management approach that incorporates climate change projections. This approach will make transportation decision-makers more sensitive to the risks and costs imposed by climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Neumann

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Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty Through a Learning Infrastructure

2009

This report addresses the challenges and limitations of natural resource governance to cope with the effects of climate change, and highlights uncertainty as limiting the capacity for advancing adaptation measures.   It recommends that legislators adopt an “adaptive governance” - the systematic assessment and adaptation of management decisions and regulatory programs. The article also proposes a comprehensive strategy for managing uncertainty by promoting a "learning infrastructure. " With this strategy, legislators establish and promote use of a shared information infrastructure that provides regulators opportunities to learn from the knowledge and experience of other regulators and respond to rapid changes in natural systems, scientific knowledge, and technology.

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

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Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware

December 2009

The Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios were established by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Sea Level Rise (SLR) Technical Workgroup to     support the development of the DNREC Sea Level Rise Policy. The SLR Technical Workgroup is comprised of scientists from DNREC, University of Delaware, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Center for the Inland Bays. The Workgroup determined the Delaware SLR scenarios by employing published expert summaries of existing data and predictions from national and international panels and federal agencies.

Related Organizations: University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Climate Change and Water Management in South Florida

November 12, 2009

Developed by the Interdepartmental Climate Change Group of the South Florida Water Management District, this paper provides a high-level foundation for future discussions of the effects of global climate on water management planning and operations in South Florida. It focuses on the global concepts of climate change at the local level by providing an overview of how it may affect South Florida’s resources and the mission responsibilities of the South Florida Water Management District. The paper includes an initial vulnerability analysis of the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on water supply, flood control, coastal ecosystems, and regional water management infrastructure.

Related Organizations: South Florida Water Management District

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