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Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California

July 2012

The objective of this project was to identify geographic areas within California with heightened risk to projected climate change impacts, to be applied as a guide to policymakers and affected communities on where to focus climate adaptation efforts. This study from the Pacific Institute addresses social vulnerability, or the susceptibility of a given community to harm, to climate change across the state. 

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency, Pacific Institute, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Eli Moore, Matthew Heberger, Lucy Allen

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City of Flagstaff, Arizona Resiliency and Preparedness Study

September 2012

The City of Flagstaff, Arizona completed a study that assesses 115 of the City’s critical operations that have been impacted by climate. Conducted by a team of City staff and regional partners (the "Core Team"), the study recommends an overarching policy aimed to increase protection and resilience within municipal operations to hazards - including fire, severe winter storms, drought, floods, and more.

Related Organizations: City of Flagstaff, Arizona

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Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012

September 2012

This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey, conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). In the Fall of 2012, the national survey was administered to determine Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior - instating the latest 'Climate Change in the American Mind Series. ' This series was published in November 2011, and in the Spring of 2012 as well.

Related Organizations: Yale University, George Mason University, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - 4C

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Geoff Feinberg, Peter Howe

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Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services within Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Useppa Island, Other Islands of the Sound, and the Nearshore Gulf of Mexico

2013

This study identified the range and quantity of ecosystem services within the Pine Island Sound region. Pine Island Sound is located in Lee County, Florida, lying between Pine Island and the barrier islands of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island and Cayo Costa, which separate the Sound from the Gulf of Mexico.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Beever, Tim Walker

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Virginia's Climate Modeling and Species Vulnerability Assessment: How Climate Data Can Inform Management and Conservation

2013

This project developed models of select fish, wildlife and tree species distributions in Virginia under multiple climate change scenarios, and produced a species vulnerability assessment for the state. The assessment is intended to help decision makers better understand how climate change will likely affect sensitive species and habitats in Virginia. The project was funded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) through a State Wildlife Grant, and by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and was supported by research from the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech.

Related Organizations: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Austin Kane, Chris Burkett, Scott Klopfer, Jacob Sewall

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Adapting the Community Sector for Climate Extremes

2013

This report, subtitled ''Extreme Weather, Climate Change and the Community Sector - Risks and Adaptations," evaluates community service organizations current vulnerability to climate change impacts to physical infrastructure, and their role in managing risks to their clients and the community. The research was funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility in Australia.

Related Organizations: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australian Council of Social Service, University of Sydney

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karl Mallon, Emily Hamilton, Manu Black, Betsi Beem, Julius Abs

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Bureau of Reclamation - Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

December 2012

The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study (2010 - 2012) was focused on defining current and future imbalances between water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin and surrounding areas, with plans to develop and analyze adaptation and mitigation strategies in an effort to resolve these imbalances.  The Study recognizes that climate change and future climate variability will introduce uncertainty into water supply analysis. Its researchers developed their scenarios to account for this uncertainty.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

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Hampton Roads Climate Change Adaptation Project

July 2012

Hampton Roads, Virginia engaged in a three-phase Climate Change Adaptation Project to identify impacts, assess the region’s vulnerabilities, and identify potential strategies for adapting to anticipated impacts. Part of the assessment focused on impacts to transportation infrastructure, although transportation impacts were only one issue of many analyzed in the three reports.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

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Surging Seas: Sea level rise, Storms and Global Warming’s Threat to the US Coast

March 14, 2012

This report from Climate Central analyzes how sea level rise caused by global warming is compounding the risk from storm surges throughout the coastal contiguous U.S. It is the first study to generate local and national estimates of the land, housing and population in vulnerable low-lying areas, and associate this information with flood risk timelines.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Strauss, Claudia Tebaldi, Remik Ziemlinski

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Foundations for Community Climate Action: Defining Climate Change Vulnerability in Detroit

December 2012

The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) partnered with University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to assess climate change vulnerability in Detroit, Michigan - and the results are presented in this report. A Vulnerability Assessment is included which identifies places and populations in Detroit that are at risk from specific climate impacts, with a focus on extreme heat and flooding. An overlay of the socio-economic demographics was added to help prioritize the populations that may experience the greatest vulnerability.

Related Organizations: Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, University of Michigan

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kelly Gregg, Peter McGrath, Sarah Nowaczyk, Karen Spangler, Taylor Traub, Ben VanGessel

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