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King County, Washington Climate Report 2009

2009

The 2009 King County Climate Report documents actions during the previous year that implement the 2007 King County Climate Plan. It also gives an overview of anticipated activities for 2010. The report outlines progress and plans in four key areas: leadership, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and assessment.

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change: Second Annual Report of the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group

September 2008

This report, prepared by the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group, is the product of a survey that attempted to assess what resources the states' coastal managers need in order to draft and implement climate change adaptation plans. The survey captures where the respondents were in the process of planning for climate change, what resources they would need for planning, and how much these resources would cost. The results place a great deal of focus on the need for technology, as well as mapping and modeling data for the planning process.

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

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Mitigating New York City's Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs, and Light Surfaces

January 30, 2006

This study uses a regional climate model (MM5) in combination with observed meteorological, satellite, and GIS data to determine the impact of mitigation strategies including urban forestry, living/green roofs, and light surfaces on surface and near-surface air temperature in the New York Metropolitan Region over space and time. The effects of localized changes in landsurface cover in six case study areas are evaluated in the context of regional atmospheric mixing. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cynthia Rosenzweig, William Solecki, Lily Parshall, Stuart Gaffin, Barry Lynn, Richard Goldberg, Jennifer Cox, Sara Hodges

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U.S. Drought Portal

This website provides online access to basic information regarding drought in the U.S., including national and regional data sources, up-to-date reports of incidents and impacts, and links to upcoming events. The website is a product of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

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Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change: A mapping tool to assist land managers and scientists in California

This site allows users to see current and future maps of bird species distributions, vegetation, or climate variables.   Using sophisticated species distribution modeling techniques, this site presents current and potential futures for bird communities in California based on different climate model outputs. Future bird distributions are based on regional climate model projections for the periods 2038-2070 (IPCC Scenario A2) and 2080-2099 (IPCC Scenario A1B). Models were developed for over 80 California Partners in Flight (CalPIF) focal species, of which 60 non-special-status species are represented in this tool.

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North Carolina Climate Retrieval and Observations Network of the Southeast (CRONOS) Database

The North Carolina Climate Retrieval and Observations Network of the Southeast (CRONOS) Database, developed by the State Climate Office of North Carolina, enables the public to quickly and easily retrieve archived observations from 37,790 (12,974 active) weather sites in and around North Carolina.

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NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

Hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast, this online mapping tool allows users to observe the effects of sea level rise on U.S. coasts. Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise can be a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities.

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U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the NDMC.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting

The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting program provides western states and Alaska with information on future water supplies (January - June for the current year). USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff collect and analyze data on depth and water equivalent of the snowpack at more than 1,200 mountain sites and estimate annual water availability, spring runoff, and summer streamflows. Individuals, organizations, and state and federal agencies use these forecasts for decisions relating to agricultural production, fish and wildlife management, municipal and industrial water supply, urban development, flood control, recreation power generation, and water quality management.

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