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Climate Change and The Economy: Expected Impacts and Their Implications

October 27, 2009

A series of climate change impact studies was undertaken by researchers at universities around the U.S. to evaluate economic costs related to particular climate-sensitive resources. This publication assembles six of these studies, with a focus on water resources in New Mexico; forests in Tennessee, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; infrastructure in Alaska; and coastlines in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center

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Impacts of Climate Change on Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains

September 29, 2009

The forests of the northern Rocky Mountains are projected to have severe impacts from climate change. These impacts are summarized in this report in an accessible format intended for distribution to the general public. The study was conducted by the College of Forest Resources at the University of Montana and funded by a grant from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Related Organizations: University of Montana

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, Celine Boisvenue, Ryan Anderson, Tom Power

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Coastal Inundation Toolkit

The Coastal Inundation Toolkit was developed by the Digital Coast Partnership Group to help communities understand and address coastal inundation issues - where water covers what is normally dry land. Information and resources are organized into 5 stages: understanding coastal inundation, identifying community risks and vulnerabilities, creating inundation maps, communicating risks and vulnerability, and discovering what others are doing to address inundation. For each of these 5 areas, explanations and guidance are provided with links to the specific resources available from Digital Coast to support that specific step in the process, making this a user-friendly way to support assessments and planning for sea level rise and extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Action Plan of the Sierra Nevada: A Regional Approach to Address Climate Change

December 2009

The California state agency, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, completed a Climate Action Plan for the the Sierra Nevada region of the state with support from the California Natural Resources Agency. This plan looks at climate change impacts across the region, what additional actions can be taken in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and the gaps in information that were most prevalent for these efforts as of 2009. The plan includes 49 Action items, or specific activities, for addressing regional climate change impacts.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP)

December 13, 2010

The Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP) was developed by the Department of Interior's (DOI) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). This report defines proposed efforts by SERAP to better integrate and support efforts of the eight DOI NCCWSC Regional Climate Science Centers (RCSCs) and DOI's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), optimize ecosystem management decisions, and satisfy overall DOI conservation objectives.

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Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change, Vol. 2

June 2010

This resource is a collection of case studies that ran in the NOAA Coastal Services Center's (CSC) magazine 'Coastal Services. ' These stories document states' efforts to combat climate change and, in particular, sea-level rise. The solutions discussed are varied. On a national level, the CSC describes the work the EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program has done to help local estuary managers adapt to climate change. Meanwhile, ICLEI and the state of Oregon have developed new materials and programs that relate to communicating about issues related to coastal adaptation.

Related Organizations: State of Oregon, State of Washington, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Minnesota GreenStep Cities

June 2010

GreenStep Cities is a state-wide voluntary program for Minnesota cities to assist in implementing sustainable best management practices. Managed by a public-private partnership, this free continuous improvement program provides technical assistance and recognition for cities that adopt best practices in sustainability and resilience.   The GreenStep program identifies 29 best practices that cities can adopt to plan for climate impacts, increase energy efficiency and green and resilient buildings, foster green businesses and jobs, among other practices.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea Level Rise Visualization for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

This online map displays those areas that will be submerged during high tide as the result of sea- level rise on the Alabama, Mississippi, and part of Florida's coasts  Populations, roads, infrastructure (ie., airports) and other viewing options are available to assess the areas at risk of inundation under different scenarios (1 meter, 2,3,4,5).

Related Organizations: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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CanVis

CanVis is a visualization program used to "see" potential impacts from coastal development or sea-level rise. The software allows users to download background pictures and insert objects like hotels, houses, and marinas, and adjust sea level to observe impacts of sea level rise on coastal development. The software is used by municipalities to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentations. .

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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Coastal Inundation Mapping (training)

This two-day training course for floodplain managers, National Weather Service personnel, and county, state, and municipal officials (including planners, emergency managers, and coastal resource managers) provides an overview of flood and inundation mapping methods. The course also covers basic planning issues created by coastal inundation. .

Related Organizations: National Weather Service, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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