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Puerto Rico State of the Climate 2010-2013: Assessing Puerto Rico’s Social-Ecological Vulnerabilities in a Changing Climate

2013

Puerto Rico’s State of the Climate report is a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for Puerto Rico as of 2013. It is comprised of three individual assessment reports focused on climate change impacts to Geophysical and Chemical Science, Ecology and Biodiversity, and the Economy and Society of the island territory. The overall assessment concludes that the coastal communities of Puerto Rico, critical infrastructure, economic development, tourism, natural resources and biodiversity, and cultural and historic resources are all vulnerable to climate change.

Related Organizations: Puerto Rico Climate Change Council, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

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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.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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USDA Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture - An Assessment of Effects and Adaptation Responses

September 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a technical report, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935, in 2012 which details the known climate change effects on U.S. agriculture, and adaptation measures to minimize these impacts. This report is a summary of the technical bulletin, highlighting the major findings, and prevailing and potential adaptation strategies.   

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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The State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview

April 2013

'The State of Adaptation in the United States' surveys activities underway to help communities prepare for climate change and identifies needs, challenges, and potential actions that communities can now pursue.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, University of California, Davis, Climate Impacts Group (CIG), EcoAdapt, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Vicki Arroyo, Lara Hansen, Rachel M. Gregg, Susan Ellsworth, Louise Jackson, Amy Snover

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Hampton Roads Military Transportation Needs Study: Roadways Serving the Military and Sea Level Rise/Storm Surge

July 2013

This report is intended to address sea level rise and storm surge flooding related threats to military transportation infrastructure and readiness. It was prepared by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTO) at the request of military officials, who expressed concerns in 2009 that delays at the region’s bridges and tunnels were negatively impacting their ability to carry out their missions. To address these concerns and better understand the scope of the problem, the study includes three phases; (1) a highway network analysis, (2) a survey of military commuters, and (3) an analysis of roadways serving the military and sea level rise/storm surge.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

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California Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

2013

The California Climate Change Consortium, made up of individuals involved in specialty crop production, prepared a report in 2013 for the California Department of Food and Agriculture focused on the impacts of climate change. It addition to outlining these risks, the Consortium report also proposes strategies for resilience, specifically addressing the impacts of changing temperatures, limited water resources, increased pest pressure, and pollinator decline within the state. The assessment used regional vulnerability assessments to account for localized effects climate change and to weigh the likelihood of losing farmland due to socioeconomic pressures, urbanization, or soil degradation.

Related Organizations: California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change

July 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (WVA) project developed an approach to assessing the vulnerability of water resources in a watershed to projected climate-hydrologic changes. The WVA project was conducted by watershed and aquatic specialists from 11 National Forests across the country representing all nine Forest Service regions. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot projects, this summary report provides guidance on the process of conducting such an assessment, with supporting information for all the key stages of the process.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

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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.

Related Organizations: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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Resilience of New Jersey Transit (NJ TRANSIT) Assets to Climate Impacts

June 2012

This report assesses the potential vulnerability of New Jersey's state transit agency (NJ TRANSIT) stationary assets (rail, structures and buildings) to weather-related risks and projected climate impacts and identifies “cost-effective resilience strategies. ” While the assessment was underway, Hurricane Irene hit the state, causing $2 to $3 million in damages and losses in revenue and underscoring the need for NJ TRANSIT to plan for and build resilience against extreme weather events. The report quantifies the risks of a range of impacts to NJ TRANSIT assets given climate change scenarios over different planning timeframes (5, 10, 20 and 50 years).

Related Organizations: New Jersey (NJ) Transit

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Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided

November 2012

The World Bank commissioned this report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics to synthesize the science and the potential climate impacts on a world without improved mitigation efforts. This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and analysis of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century, focusing on developing countries and vulnerable populations. 

Related Organizations: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), The World Bank

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