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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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Sea Level Rise and Potential Impacts by the Year 2100: A Vulnerability Assessment for Saco Bay Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough - Maine

December 31, 2010

Saco Bay is home to Maine’s longest stretch of contiguous sandy beaches, its largest expanse of coastal wetlands, and includes the coastal communities of Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford. From the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), this report provides the results and analysis of projected sea level rise inundation scenarios and land and real estate economic impacts for the Bay. This project was developed with the assistance of the Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Geological Survey (MGS) and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.

Related Organizations: Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), Maine State Planning Office

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New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force Report to the Legislature

December 31, 2010

At the direction of the New York State legislature, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force evaluated approaches to protect New York’s remaining coastal ecosystems and natural habitats, and to increase coastal community resilience in the face of sea level rise.

Related Organizations: New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Columbia University

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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

January 2011

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species of conservation concern in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist

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Climate Change Impacts on Iowa 2010

January 1, 2011

This report from the Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee documents the impacts of changing climate on Iowa during the past 50 years.  The report includes an overview of potential climate change impacts to the state of Iowa and policy recommendations for responding to these threats.  The report looks at potential impacts to agriculture, flora and fauna, public health, economy, infrastructure and emergency services are described thoroughly.   The final chapter 'Findings on the Impacts of Climate Change in Iowa' summarizes each of these sectors, and demonstrates the most significant impacts on the state.

Related Organizations: Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council

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Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

January 2011

This report details the struggles of the community of Kivalina Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It contains chapters on people, community, climate, seasons, air, sea, coast, land, rivers, biota, water, food, and recommendations. The major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, food security, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, wildfires, reduced air quality, erosion, sea level rise, and decreases in water quality and supply.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Brubaker, James Berner, Jacob Bell, John Warren

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Influence of Potential Sea Level Rise on Societal Vulnerability to Hurricane Storm-Surge Hazards in Sarasota County, Florida

December 2010

Although the potential for hurricanes under current climatic conditions continue to threaten coastal communities, there is concern that climate change, specifically potential increases in sea level, could influence the impacts of future hurricanes. To examine the potential effect of sea level rise on community vulnerability to future hurricanes, (the authors) assess variations in socio-economic exposure in Sarasota County, FL, to contemporary hurricane storm-surge hazards and to storm-surge hazards enhanced by sea level rise scenarios. Analysis indicates that significant portions of the population, economic activity, and critical facilities are in contemporary and future hurricane storm-surge hazard zones.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University of Idaho, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tim G. Frazier, Nathan Wood, Brent Yarnal, Denise H. Bauer

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Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR)

December 2010

In 2007, the Oregon State Legislature charged the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), via HB 3543, with assessing climate change science including biological, physical and social science in Oregon, and expected climate impacts. This inaugural assessment report is meant to act as a compendium of the relevant research on climate change and its impacts on the state of Oregon. This report draws on a large body of work on climate change impacts in the western U. S. from the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington (CIG), and the California Climate Action Team.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, State of Oregon, University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kathie D. Dello, Philip W. Mote

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Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in Florida: An Update of the Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources

December 2010

In 2009, the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council (FOCC) published a report entitled 'The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Resources. '  That report focused on what was known, and was possible concerning climate-change effects on the state’s ocean and coastal resources. This report updates and expands a section addressing sea level rise in the 2009 report. This update involved contributions by 5 Council members, 12 contributing authors, and 11 external reviewers whose technical contributions were based principally on literature published by August 2010.

Related Organizations: Florida Oceans and Coastal Council

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Lee County, Florida Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 6, 2010

This vulnerability assessment identifies significant projected climate changes for Lee County, Florida,  and the anticipated effects of those changes on both natural and man-made systems in the region.  The report also identifies potentially critical vulnerabilities that will need to be addressed by adaptation or accommodation in Lee County. It examines the current climate and ongoing climate change in southwest Florida along with five future scenarios of climate change into the year 2100. These scenarios include: a condition that involves a future in which mitigative actions are undertaken to reduce the human influence on climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007), a 90% probable future predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007b), a 50% probable future predicted by IPCC,  a 5% probable future predicted by the IPCC, and a “very worst” future in which no actions are taken to address climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007).

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James W. Beever III, Whitney Gray, Daniel Trescott, Dan Cobb, Jason Utley, David Hutchinson

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