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Climate Change and the Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts

December 2012

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) produced this report on climate change impacts, indicators, and adaptive capacity of Hawai‘i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, with the support of nearly 100 scientific experts and practitioners.  The report was a regional contribution integrated into the Third National Climate Assessment. 

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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.

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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.

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

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Climate Change Impacts to Natural Resources in South Carolina

2013

Prepared by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), this report addresses how climate change may affect wildlife, fisheries, water supply and other natural resources in South Carolina, and identifies some key adaptive steps for DNR to respond to these impacts.

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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.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Beever, Tim Walker

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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.

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

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EPA Region 10 Climate Change and TMDL Pilot Project: Restoring Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate in the South Fork Nooksack River, WA

January 2013

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 and Washington State Department of Ecology conducted a Temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the South Fork Nooksack River (SFNR) in coordination with the Nooksack Tribe. In addition to this Regulatory Requirement, Region 10 has partnered with EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) and together initiated a Pilot Research Project to consider how projected climate change impacts for the SFNR could be incorporated into the TMDL and influence salmonid habitat restoration plans that address climate change impacts.

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Key Habitats in New York: A Foundation for Climate Adaptation Planning

2013

This report includes an evaluation of the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and habitats of New York, and an overview of adaptation strategies. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the information produced through this project and included in this document will broadly inform the incorporation of climate change considerations into the revision of New York’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) which is slated for completion in 2015.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher Hilke, Hector Galbraith

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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.

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

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California Third Climate Change Assessment: 2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study

July 31, 2012

The '2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study' is California's third major assessment on climate change. California produces periodic scientific assessments on the potential impacts of climate change on the state, and reports potential adaptation responses. Required by Executive Order #S-03-05, these assessments influence legislation and inform policy makers. The Third California Climate Change Assessment is a compilation of 37 reports which outline local and statewide vulnerabilities to climate change, for the energy, water, agriculture, public health, coastal, transportation, and ecological resource sectors.

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