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Preparing for Tomorrow's High Tide: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware

July 2012

Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee (SLRAC) was established by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), to help the state plan for sea level rise. The SLRAC is assessing Delaware’s vulnerability to current and future inundation problems that may be exacerbated by sea level rise. Their goal is to develop a set of recommendations for state agencies, local governments, businesses, and citizens to enable them to adapt programs, policies, business practices and make informed decisions.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning

April 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has evaluated how each state in the U.S. is preparing for water related climate impacts, and shares the results in this comprehensive report.  The findings differentiate the best prepared and most engaged states on climate change preparedness issues from those that are largely unprepared and "lagging behind."

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Chou, Jenna Schroeder

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San Mateo County, California Climate Action Plan - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

December 2011

The San Mateo County vulnerability assessment was conducted as a collaborative effort between ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, PMC, San Mateo County’s Planning and Building Department as well as the San Mateo County Vulnerability Assessment Working Group. This assessment addresses the impacts of climate change on public health, water supply, and agriculture (including farms and managed timber) due to temperature and precipitation changes; wildfires; and the impacts of sea level rise on built infrastructure and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: San Mateo County, California, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change

November 2011

A series of white papers have been prepared by the State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities regarding realized and predicted climate change impacts, with this report specifically addressing water resources and adaptation issues across Florida. The primary objectives of this report are: (1) to identify Florida’s water resources and water-related infrastructure that are vulnerable to climate change; (2) show demographics in the state that are vulnerable to climate change impacts with a focus on water resources and sea level rise; and (3) highlight some of the alternative technologies currently being used to solve water resource supply issues in the state that are likely to expand and be challenged under various scenarios of climate change.

Related Organizations: State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities

Authors or Affiliated Users: Leonard Berry, Frederick Bloetscher, Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Marguerite Koch-Rose, Diana Mitsova-Boneva, Jorge Restrepo, Tara Root, Ramesh Teegavarapu

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Washington State DOT Climate Impacts Vulnerability Assessment

November 2011

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has written this report in fulfillment of a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to test its conceptual climate risk assessment model developed for transportation infrastructure. WSDOT applied the model using scenario planning in a series of statewide workshops, using local experts, to create a qualitative assessment of climate vulnerability on its assets in each region and mode of transportation across Washington. This report conveys WSDOT’s feedback on the conceptual model and the lessons learned while applying the model to their assets.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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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.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

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Initial Estimates of the Ecological and Economic Consequences of Sea Level Rise on the Florida Keys

February 3, 2011

The study, by the Nature Conservancy, is intended to catalyze interest in examining sea level rise impacts and developing adaptation strategies for the Florida Keys and similar islands in Florida and around the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Basin.   In 2007, the Conservancy acquired high-resolution Digital Elevation Models derived from airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data for Big Pine Key. Future shoreline locations and distribution of major habitats of Big Pine Key in the year 2100 were estimated using sea level rise scenarios described in the scientific literature.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Bergh

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Warming World: Impacts by Degree

2011

This booklet summarizes the findings of a report from the National Research Council, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia (2011). The report summarizes the impacts of greenhouse gas stabilization targets on near-term and future climate change - evaluating the implications of different  targets, with particular emphasis on avoiding serious or irreversible impacts on the Earth’s climate. Each stabilization target discussed results in a different future climate, with changes that may be difficult or impossible to reverse for millennia.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council

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Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

2011

'Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network' (ARC3), was the UCCRN’s first major publication, published in 2011. The ARC3 report represents a four year effort by nearly 100 authors from dozens of cities worldwide, and is the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities.

Related Organizations: Urban Climate Change Research Network

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Integrating Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment into Adaptation Planning: A Case Study Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index to Inform Conservation Planning for Species in Florida

2011

Developed by Defenders of Wildlife in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this report presents a case study using NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index to inform planning for species conservation in Florida.   The work was a pilot for an adaptation framework that integrates information from species vulnerability assessments into a comprehensive planning process, to identify adaptation strategies and management opportunities for species vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Defenders of Wildlife

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