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Assessing the Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change

July 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (WVA) project developed an approach to assessing the vulnerability of water resources in a watershed to projected climate-hydrologic changes. The WVA project was conducted by watershed and aquatic specialists from 11 National Forests across the country representing all nine Forest Service regions. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot projects, this summary report provides guidance on the process of conducting such an assessment, with supporting information for all the key stages of the process.

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Updating Maryland's Sea-Level Rise Projections

June 26, 2013

Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Executive Order on Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction. The 21-member panel reviewed projections from Maryland’s 2008 Climate Action Plan and provided updated recommendations based on new scientific results that can better inform projections of sea level rise for the state.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald F. Boesch, Larry P. Atkinson, William C. Boicourt, John D. Boon, Donald R. Cahoon, Robert A. Dalrymple, Tal Ezer, Benjamin P. Horton, Zoe P. Johnson, Robert E. Kopp, Ming Li, Richard H. Moss, Adam Parris, Christopher K. Sommerfield

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Changing Climate, Changing Wildlife: A Vulnerability Assessment of 400 Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Game Species in Michigan

April 2013

The Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assessed the climate change vulnerability of 400 animal species in Michigan. Using the Nature Serve Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) tool, all resident terrestrial game species and all Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) with enough life history data were assessed. The species considered “vulnerable” to climate change are those expected to experience reductions in range extent or abundance by 2050. The CCVI analysis indicates that 17% of terrestrial game species and 61% of terrestrial and aquatic SGCN are vulnerable in Michigan.

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America's Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

February 2013

With the support of Veolia Water, this study was conducted by Columbia University’s Water Center, examining the nation's water supply, and how climate could affect vulnerability to short and long term droughts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Shi, Naresh Devineni, Upmanu Lall, Edwin Piñero

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The State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview

April 2013

'The State of Adaptation in the United States' surveys activities underway to help communities prepare for climate change and identifies needs, challenges, and potential actions that communities can now pursue.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Vicki Arroyo, Lara Hansen, Rachel M. Gregg, Susan Ellsworth, Louise Jackson, Amy Snover

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Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)Insurance Industry

June 2013

This report from the Geneva Association gives an overview of the detected changes in the oceans and their impact on extreme events and hazard probabilities over the last few decades. It summarizes the changes in risk management strategies that (re)insurance companies can implement in order to address the new situation appropriately, comply with regulatory requirements and ultimately improve their ratings. 

Author or Affiliated User: Falk Niehörster

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California Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

2013

The California Climate Change Consortium, made up of individuals involved in specialty crop production, prepared a report in 2013 for the California Department of Food and Agriculture focused on the impacts of climate change. It addition to outlining these risks, the Consortium report also proposes strategies for resilience, specifically addressing the impacts of changing temperatures, limited water resources, increased pest pressure, and pollinator decline within the state. The assessment used regional vulnerability assessments to account for localized effects climate change and to weigh the likelihood of losing farmland due to socioeconomic pressures, urbanization, or soil degradation.

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

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Summary of Potential Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation Strategies in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C.)

June 2013

Subtitled 'A synopsis of lessons learned from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COGs') climate adaptation planning initiatives from 2010 - 2012,' this report is intended to identify effects of climate change in the region, and encourage local resiliency planning. This is part of an ongoing project with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Sustainable Communities to create an EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation. The report summarizes key information that has been learned throughout the process of working with EPA, stakeholders and climate experts on the development of the guidebook.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Maia Davis, Amanda Campbell

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FHWA Climate Change Resilience Pilots

May 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. This pilot program is being jointly sponsored by the FHWA Office of Environment, Planning and Realty, and the Office of Infrastructure.

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