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Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process

September 2013

Following the release of the draft of the Third National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC - a 60 member Federal advisory committee) developed this report to provide advice on the sustained assessment process. Sustained assessment process activities, such as developing a system of indicators, are already underway.

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Adapting to Climate Change and Variability Marquette, Michigan

September 2013

This assessment outlines the climate concerns of the city of Marquette, Michigan - which is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula region. Marquette’s economy relies on tourism, timber, mining, health care, education, and high tech manufacturing. The city is already seeing climate impacts in Lake Superior’s warmer waters that has raised bacterial levels high enough to force Marquette to close a public beach. The plan drew on a series of public meetings and small group sessions where participants assessed strategies related to: Transportation, Tourism, Agriculture, Land Use, Forests, Natural Resources, and Public Health.

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Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report)

September 27, 2013

One of the main activities of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. Since its inception in 1988 the IPCC has prepared four multi-volume assessment reports and is in the process of finalizing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 is being released in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014.

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project: An Evaluation of the Utility of Fine-Scale, Downscaled Climate Projections for Connectivity Conservation Planning

June 2013

This study, conducted by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, analyzed the usefulness of downscaled temperature and precipitation projections for informing habitat connectivity conservation planning. The goal of the study was to determine whether downscaled climate projections could help identify habitat corridors that are most resilient to climate change and should be prioritized for conservation investment decisions.

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NOAA Economic Framework - What Will Adaptation Cost?

June 2013

Developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this framework was designed to help coastal communities evaluate the costs and benefits of different adaptation strategies. The framework walks users through a four-step process for evaluating and monetizing risks from sea-level rise, and for calculating the costs and benefits of various strategies. The report cross-references tools and spatial data that can be used to apply this framework in a user's own local jurisdictions.

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Managing Coastal Watersheds to Address Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options for the Middle Patuxent Subwatershed of the Chesapeake Bay

August 2013

The purpose of this project and report is to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners to address climate change impacts in the Chesapeake Bay, focusing on how to integrate climate change into coastal restoration and conservation activities. To do this, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) worked with NOAA, a panel, and technical experts to identify climate change impacts for the Middle Patuxent sub-watershed and developed options for adapting restoration and conservation practices to address those impacts.

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Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

August 2013

This article, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, quantifies present and future flood losses in the world’s largest 136 coastal cities. The researchers conclude that the world’s coastal cities cannot afford to ignore adaptation measures and policies in the face of increasing climate-related flood losses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephane Hallegatte, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, Jan Corfee-Morlot

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Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World

June 18, 2013

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinction if action is not taken to curb GHG emissions and adopt “climate-smart” conservation strategies. Recommendations are provided on how to address climate impacts on wildlife by reducing carbon pollution, and for safeguarding species from the current and future impacts of climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Doug Inkley

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The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program Through 2100

June 12, 2013

This report prepared by AECOM was commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to analyze potential long-term effects of  climate change on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Through this study, FEMA hopes to understand the potential impact of climate change on the financial strength of the NFIP, and recommend options to increase the NFIP’s viability. The climate change impact assessment includes all 50 states, as well as consideration of the U. S. territories, where attention was given primarily to areas of greatest population and the largest inventory of at-risk properties.

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New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) Climate Risk Information 2013 - Observations, Climate Change Projections, and Maps

June 11, 2013

On June 11, 2013, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) released this report to present the latest climate science information and analyses of the risks facing New York City. This climate risk information is designed to inform community rebuilding plans, and help to increase current and future resiliency of communities, citywide systems and infrastructure to a range of climate change impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki (Eds.)

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