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Federal Climate Change Adaptation Plans

February 7, 2013

On February 7th, 2013, 35 federal agencies released their third annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans, which for the first time included Climate Change Adaptation Plans to help federal agencies reach sustainability and climate change resilience goals. Web links to all current Federal Adaptation Plans can be found on this site. 

Related Organizations: Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future

June 2012

This study provides the first comprehensive regional projections of the changes in sea level expected in California, Oregon, and Washington - posing serious risks to the infrastructure, development, and wetlands along this 1,600 mile shoreline. California Executive Order S-13-08 directed state agencies to plan for sea-level rise and coastal impacts, and asked the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to establish a committee to assess sea-level rise. Oregon, Washington, and several federal agencies joined California to sponsor the study.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, State of California, State of Washington, State of Oregon, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Urban Drought Guidebook 2008 Updated Edition

2008

Updated in 2008, the focus of the guide is to provide water managers a step-by-step process to anticipate and respond to potentially severe drought and other water shortages. Examples of well-conceived and executed plans in California and other parts of the country are provided to illustrate recommendations whenever possible. It also demonstrates that successful programs are commonly the result of a cooperative effort between water suppliers and their customers. This guidebook presents examples of efforts by water suppliers throughout the United States, along with a wide array of approaches to address variable water supply and demand scenarios throughout the state.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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Climate Change Impacts on Forestry

August 16, 2007

Changing temperature and precipitation patterns and increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are likely to drive significant changes in natural and modified forests. This article provides a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on forests worldwide giving significant attention to forests in the U. S. This review is focused on publications that discuss the changes in commercial forestry, excluding the ecosystem functions of forests and non-timber forest products. The report concentrates on potential direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the forest industry, including economic impacts, the projections of future trends in commercial forestry, the possible role of biofuels, and changes in supply and demand.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF), National Academy of Sciences

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrei P. Kirilenko, Roger A. Sedjo

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Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

February 2007

This brief from the National Research Council of the National Academies summarizes an assessment of existing sources of scientific information - including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections - and how they relate to Colorado River Basin water supplies and demands, water management, and drought. 

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), National Academy of Sciences

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

The National Research Council of the National Academies developed the Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters to examine ways to increase disaster resilience in the United States. The committee’s report presents its findings and recommendations on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters through a vision of the characteristics of a resilient nation in the year 2030.  

Related Organizations: University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, The National Academies, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Academy of Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Related Organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), National Academy of Sciences

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

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Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, Snow (CoCoRaHS)

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.   CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).    By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. They are now in all fifty states.

 

 

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New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission

The NM Office of the State Engineer is charged with administering the state's water resources. The State Engineer has power over the supervision, measurement, appropriation, and distribution of all surface and groundwater in New Mexico, including streams and rivers that cross state boundaries. The State Engineer is also Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission. The Interstate Stream Commission is charged with separate duties including protecting New Mexico's right to water under eight interstate stream basins, ensuring the state complies with each of those basins, as well as water planning.

 

 

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North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee (NABCI)

The U. S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) is a forum of government agencies, private organizations, and bird initiatives helping federal, state, and nongovernmental organizations across the continent to meet their common bird conservation objectives. NABCI fosters collaboration on key issues of concern, including bird monitoring, conservation design, private lands, international objectives, and state and federal agency support for integrated bird conservation. NABCI's goal is to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation through regionally based, biologically driven, landscape-oriented partnerships - to secure the future for North America's more than 1,150 species of birds.