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The Implications of Climate Change on Water

2010

This document summarizes some of the key messages from the 2009 United Nations World Water Development Report, outlining the relationships between climate change and water resources, and the potential climate impacts on the availability of water and the control of water extremes. 

Related Organizations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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Current and Future Vulnerability of Sarasota County, Florida to Hurricane, Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise

2010

This report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Penn State University presents a comprehensive vulnerability assessment  for Sarasota County, Florida. The assessment integrated geospatial analysis and stakeholder input, with the intention of providing guidelines for implementing science and community-based actions to mitigate impacts from sea level rise, hurricanes, and storm surge.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tim Frazier, Brent Yarnal, Nathan Wood

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National Assessment of Shoreline Change: Historical Shoreline Change along the New England and Mid-Atlantic Coasts

2010

Part of a series of reports on shoreline change produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), summarizes historical changes of sandy shorelines in 10 regions of the U.S. New England and Mid-Atlantic coasts. The report emphasizes the hazard from erosion at regional scales and relates this hazard to the body of knowledge regarding coastal geology of the New England and Mid-Atlantic region because of its potential impact on natural resources and the economy.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cheryl J. Hapke, Emily A. Himmelstoss, Meredith G. Kratzmann, Jeffrey H. List, E. Robert Thieler

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Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change for Transboundary Waters

December 2009

This report, produced by the Pacific Institute, outlines some of the risks that climate change poses to transboundary water agreements. The report offers background information on transboundary rivers and aquifers and describes some of the institutional structures that have developed to manage them, including international guidelines and specific transboundary agreements. An overview of climate change is offered, with a focus on how transboundary water management could better adapt to and incorporate climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Lucy Allen, Michael Cohen

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Climate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed

December 2009

This report from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership describes how the climate of Maine's Casco Bay watershed has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region is likely to be affected by greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cameron Wake, Elizabeth Burakowski, Katherine Hayhoe, Chris Watson, Ellen Douglas, Jeff Van Dorn, Vaishali Naik, Clare Keating

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Great 2006 Heat Wave Over California and Nevada: Signal of an Increasing Trend

December 1, 2009

The July 2006 western heat wave is studied in the context of the region's climate over the past six decades. The study explores the possible connections between a heat wave trend and global warming and details the increased human health and ecosystems risks of night time extreme heat events. The authors describe the climatic behavior and regional causes of great heat waves over California and Nevada, and use this foundation to investigate whether and to what extent the 2006 event may be considered an aberration or a manifestation of a long term climatic change.

Related Organizations: California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) - RISA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Authors or Affiliated Users: Alexander Gershunov, Danial R. Cayan, Sam F. Iacobellis

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Economic Impacts of Projected Climate Change in Pennsylvania

November 4, 2009

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, this assessment examines the impacts of projected global climate change on the state’s economy at mid-century (2050).  The economic impacts are discussed for the Forestry, Agriculture, Energy, Human Health, Property Impacts and Insurance, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism sectors.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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The Effects of Climate Change on the Downhill Skiing and Recreational Fishing Economy in the Crown of the Continent

January 2011

This report focuses on the Montana portion of the "Crown of the Continent" region, the home of Glacier National Park and extensive protected wilderness areas where recreational fishing and downhill skiing have have contributed significantly to population and job growth. The impacts of climate change on these industries are analyzed, which are susceptible to changes in temperature, snowpack, and the timing of precipitation.

Related Organizations: Headwaters Economics

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Charlotte Harbor Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

December 28, 2009

This vulnerability assessment was developed by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. The report identifies the most significant vulnerabilities facing the Charlotte Harbor region related to drought, flood, hurricane severity, land area, habitats, biological cycles, and uncertainty in environmental models.

Related Organizations: Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

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Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future

July 2009

This report by the Pacific Institute addresses water efficiency in the California agriculture sector, and presents a positive future for California agriculture and water – with a vision of a sustainable, healthy agricultural community as of 2050. The report describes some of the tools that can help maintain a healthy agricultural sector, reviews recent trends in the California agriculture, and addresses challenges such as climate change that will impose new difficulties for growers. The Executive Summary and the water conservation and efficiency assessment chapters offer adaptation policy recommendations.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick

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