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Washington Connected Landscapes Project: Climate-Gradient Corridors Report

August 2011

Prepared by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, this report builds off of a previous (2010) assessment of habitat connectivity patterns for wildlife in Washington. This study factors climate change into the assessment and identifies “climate-gradient corridors” that can support habitat conservation and wildlife migration and response to future changes in climate.

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Atoll Island States and Climate Change: Sovereignty Implications

October 2011

This article, by two researchers of the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Advanced Studies, summarizes a working paper in which they examine questions of long-term survival for Atoll Island States. These countries could become uninhabitable or submerged in the course of the next century due to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, exacerbated by stronger tropical cyclones. Prominent vulnerable island nations include Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

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Simulated Changes in Salinity in the York and Chickahominy Rivers from Projected Sea-Level Rise in Chesapeake Bay

2011

The U. S. Geological Survey, along with the City of Newport News, evaluated the potential impacts of sea-level rise on the presence and degree of saltwater migration in Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay under multiple sea-level rise scenarios. The study utilized a hydrodynamic simulation model to evaluate potential changes in salinity in the York River and Chickahominy/James River estuaries. Simulated results demonstrate the potential for considerable salinity increases upstream with even marginal sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karen C. Rice, Mark R. Bennett, Jian Shen

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Identifying Species in Pennsylvania Potentially Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 2011

From the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, the goals of this project were to first compile a priority list of species occurring in Pennsylvania that are likely vulnerable to climate change, and to then examine the climate change vulnerability of species included in the priority list. The overall objective was to not only identify climate change vulnerable species but to also examine the abiotic factors and life history characteristics that contribute to their increased vulnerability.

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State of the Birds 2011- Report on Public Lands and Waters

May 3, 2011

This report provides the nation's first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies to identify which species have significant cause for conservation in each habitat type. The report assessed the distribution of birds on nearly 850 million acres of public land and 3.5 million square miles of ocean and presents a wide variety of bird habitats including arid lands, oceans and coasts, forests, arctic and alpine, islands, wetlands, and grasslands.

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Vulnerability Assessment for the Saco Bay, Maine Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough – Vulnerable Transportation Infrastructure

April 13, 2011

This vulnerability assessment was conducted by the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), and assessed the vulnerability of Saco Bay communities to sea-level rise (SLR), flooding and erosion. The assessment looked at vulnerabilities for the towns of Saco, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, and Biddeford. This Saco Bay region contains the largest contiguous stretch of beaches and coastal wetlands in the state and has experienced some of the state’s most severe erosion problems. Although the focus on the study was on the vulnerability of the communities as a whole, part of the assessment identified roads in the region that will be vulnerable to inundation under different SLR scenarios.

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PANYNJ Assessment of the Vulnerability to the Impacts of Climate Change

April 2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) conducted a vulnerability and risk assessment of the agency’s critical infrastructure to the anticipated effects of climate change, including sea-level rise and increased storm surge, precipitation, and temperatures.   PANYNJ analyzed climate-related vulnerability and level of risk for a wide variety of agency infrastructure, including airports, marine terminals, tunnels and bridges, rails, bus stations, and other facilities.   The risk analysis was used to prioritize the highest risk assets and develop adaptation strategies for those assets.

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Vermont Adaptation White Papers

April 2011

This compilation of nine white papers includes an introduction to the climate science and impacts relevant to Vermont and eight sector-specific reports in the areas of Agriculture, Water Resources, Recreation, Forestry, Public Health, Public Safety, Fish and Wildlife, and Transportation.   Each sector report provides an overview of the climate impacts and vulnerabilities facing that sector, what programs are already in place to address those challenges, prospective adaptation strategies, and policy recommendations.

Author or Affiliated User: Kari Dolan

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Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies: FY 2011-2015

April 2011

The FY 2011-2015 Virginia Coastal Needs and Strategies report (for projects conducted between October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2016) was a product of Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Coastal Zone Management (CZM) program. The Assessment was reviewed and approved in April 2011 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA's) Ocean and Coastal Resource Management program. 

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The Last Drop: Climate Change and the Southwest Water Crisis

February 2011

The Last Drop describes the current and projected future water-related challenges facing the Southwest region of the U.S. In particular, the present and future water demands of the agricultural and water sectors are examined, as well as how those demands will be affected by even minor changes in current climate variables.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton

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