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Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast: Executive Report

2010

Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast represents the first comprehensive analysis of climate risks and adaptation economics along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Entergy Corp., America’s third-largest utility company, commissioned this study looking at the potential damage to residential and commercial properties, infrastructure and assets across key energy sectors.  According to the report, over the next 20 years, the Gulf Coast could face cumulative economic damages of some $350 billion.

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Costs of Defending Against Rising Sea Levels and Flooding in Mid-Atlantic Metropolitan Coastal Areas

2010

This assessment identifies the potential costs of continually rising ocean levels and associated flooding, specifically on the mid-Atlantic Coast.  Metropolitan areas are susceptible to detriment on many levels, such as severe property damage and loss of natural resources, from sea level rise and related inundation and extreme weather events. This paper addresses what it would cost to minimize or eliminate such damage.

Author or Affiliated User: James V. Koch

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Charlotte Harbor Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

December 28, 2009

This vulnerability assessment was developed by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. The report identifies the most significant vulnerabilities facing the Charlotte Harbor region related to drought, flood, hurricane severity, land area, habitats, biological cycles, and uncertainty in environmental models.

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Human Health

2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. " The 'Human Health' chapter focuses on the unique challenges climate change creates for the public health sector. The key findings presented include: increased incidents of heat related illness and death, decreased air quality, mental health problems associated with the increase in extreme weather events, increases in diseases transmitted by food, water and insects, an increase in pollen production that will lead to health concerns for those with pollen related allergies, and increased environmental justice challenges.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, Thomas C. Peterson

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Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change for Transboundary Waters

December 2009

This report, produced by the Pacific Institute, outlines some of the risks that climate change poses to transboundary water agreements. The report offers background information on transboundary rivers and aquifers and describes some of the institutional structures that have developed to manage them, including international guidelines and specific transboundary agreements. An overview of climate change is offered, with a focus on how transboundary water management could better adapt to and incorporate climate change impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Lucy Allen, Michael Cohen

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Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State: Projected Mortality Risks Due to Heat Events and Air Pollution

2010

As a subset of the state's 2009 Climate Change Impact Assessment, this chapter is focused on two key public health concerns related to climate change: heat-related illness and worsening air quality. This study had three goals: 1) to determine the historical relationship between extreme heat events and mortality in different regions of Washington State, for selected age groups and causes of death, 2) to use these findings to predict the number of excess deaths by age group and cause during projected heat events in years 2025, 2045 and 2085, and 3) to use estimates of the relationship between ozone concentration and mortality available from the scientific literature to predict the number of excess deaths in mid-century (2045-2054) due to ozone under a changing climate, assuming a growing population.

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Elizabeth Jackson, Michael G. Yost, Catherine Karr, Cole Fitzpatrick, Brian K. Lamb, Serena H. Chung, Jack Chen, Jeremy Avise, Roger A. Rosenblatt, Richard A. Fenske

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Climate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed

December 2009

This report from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership describes how the climate of Maine's Casco Bay watershed has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region is likely to be affected by greenhouse gas emissions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cameron Wake, Elizabeth Burakowski, Katherine Hayhoe, Chris Watson, Ellen Douglas, Jeff Van Dorn, Vaishali Naik, Clare Keating

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Great 2006 Heat Wave Over California and Nevada: Signal of an Increasing Trend

December 1, 2009

The July 2006 western heat wave is studied in the context of the region's climate over the past six decades. The study explores the possible connections between a heat wave trend and global warming and details the increased human health and ecosystems risks of night time extreme heat events. The authors describe the climatic behavior and regional causes of great heat waves over California and Nevada, and use this foundation to investigate whether and to what extent the 2006 event may be considered an aberration or a manifestation of a long term climatic change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Alexander Gershunov, Danial R. Cayan, Sam F. Iacobellis

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.3: The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity

May 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. SAPs are being produced under the auspices of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates the climate change research activities of U. S. government agencies. The lead sponsor of this particular assessment product is the U. S.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, David Schimel, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Fay, L. Hahn, C. Izaurralde, B.A. Kimball, T. Mader, J. Morgan, D. Ort, W. Polley, A. Thomson, D. Wolfe, M.G. Ryan, S.R. Archer, R. Birdsey, C. Dahm, L. Heath, J. Hicke, D. Hollinger, T. Huxman, G. Okin, R. Oren, J. Randerson, W. Schlesinger, D. Lettenmaier, D. Major, L. Poff, S. Running, L. Hansen, D. Inouye, B.P. Kelly, L. Meyerson, B. Peterson, R. Shaw.

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Economic Impacts of Projected Climate Change in Pennsylvania

November 4, 2009

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, this assessment examines the impacts of projected global climate change on the state’s economy at mid-century (2050).  The economic impacts are discussed for the Forestry, Agriculture, Energy, Human Health, Property Impacts and Insurance, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism sectors.

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