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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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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.

 

 

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Oregon Climate Service

The Oregon Climate Service (OCS) is located on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon and is the state repository for weather and climate information. The OCS's mission is to collect, manage, and maintain Oregon weather and climate data; to provide weather and climate information to those within and outside the state of Oregon; to educate the people of Oregon on current and emerging climate issues; and to perform independent research related to weather and climate issues.

 

 

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Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - RISA

The Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), formerly the Pacific Northwest Climate Decision Support Consortium (CDSC), provides information and tools to support decision making about landscape and watershed management in the region in a changing climate. It is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level, representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

 

 

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State Climate Office of Ohio

The Office of the State Climatologist for Ohio (OSCO) is housed within the Department of Geography and the Atmospheric Sciences Program in Columbus at the Ohio State University.   OSCO strives to acquire, archive, process and disseminate all climate and weather information that is of value to public officials and organizations, corporations, research scientists, and private citizens of the state.   At this time the OSCO does not operate or maintain any statewide weather or climate monitoring networks such as is, for example, already done through the National Weather Service, CoCoRaHS, or the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.