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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience

January 2011

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Phase II Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change on January 24, 2011. The report outlines strategies to reduce Maryland's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased temperature and changes in precipitation within the following sectors: Human Health; Agriculture; Forest and Terrestrial Ecosystems; Bay and Aquatic Environments; Water Resources; and Population Growth and Infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland

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Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

July 19, 2010

This report is the final set of recommendations from the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, a group of 24 senior federal officials led by the Council on Environmental Quality was tasked by President Obama in June 2009 with developing recommendations to enhance the nation's ability to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources for the benefit of present and future generations. One of the National Priority Objectives identified as a premise to the recommendations is to strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments, and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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America's Climate Choices - Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

May 19, 2010

Prepared by the National Research Council's Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, this report is one in a series of five studies requested by Congress, known as America’s Climate Choices. This report discusses the impacts of climate change, makes recommendations to prepare the nation for adaptation choices, and highlights adaptation activities occurring at state and local levels.

Related Organizations: America's Climate Choices, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), National Academy of Sciences

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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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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.