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A Comprehensive Review of Climate Adaptation in the United States: more than before, but less than needed

September 18, 2012

Abstract: "We reviewed existing and planned adaptation activities of federal, tribal, state, and local governments and the private sector in the U.S. to understand what types of adaptation activities are underway across different sectors and scales throughout the country. Primary sources of review included material officially submitted for consideration in the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment and supplemental peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rosina Bierbaum, Joel B. Smith, Arthur Lee, Maria Blair, Lynne Carter, Stuart F. Chapin III, Paul Fleming, Susan Ruffo, Missy Stults, Shannon McNeeley, Emily Wasley, Laura Verduzco

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City of Flagstaff, Arizona Resiliency and Preparedness Study

September 2012

The City of Flagstaff, Arizona completed a study that assesses 115 of the City’s critical operations that have been impacted by climate. Conducted by a team of City staff and regional partners (the "Core Team"), the study recommends an overarching policy aimed to increase protection and resilience within municipal operations to hazards - including fire, severe winter storms, drought, floods, and more.

Related Organizations: City of Flagstaff, Arizona

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Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012

September 2012

This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey, conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). In the Fall of 2012, the national survey was administered to determine Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior - instating the latest 'Climate Change in the American Mind Series. ' This series was published in November 2011, and in the Spring of 2012 as well.

Related Organizations: Yale University, George Mason University, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - 4C

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Geoff Feinberg, Peter Howe

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Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

September 2012

The Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, a project undertaken by the University of Washington and other collaborators, provides information on the likely effects of climate change on species and ecosystems in the region. The assessment involves scientists, natural resource managers, and conservation planners, and covers an area that extends beyond the borders of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho both south into the U. S. and north into Canada. The assessment contains four main component projects including a sensitivity database, case studies, habitat suitability modeling, and species population modeling.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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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.

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Beever, Tim Walker

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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.

Related Organizations: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, National Wildlife Federation

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

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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.

Related Organizations: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australian Council of Social Service, University of Sydney

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

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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.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

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Hampton Roads Climate Change Adaptation Project

July 2012

Hampton Roads, Virginia engaged in a three-phase Climate Change Adaptation Project to identify impacts, assess the region’s vulnerabilities, and identify potential strategies for adapting to anticipated impacts. Part of the assessment focused on impacts to transportation infrastructure, although transportation impacts were only one issue of many analyzed in the three reports.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

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IPCC Special Report- Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) - Summary for Policymakers

March 28, 2012

This Special Report explores the social as well as physical dimensions of weather- and climate-related disasters, considering opportunities for managing risks at local to international scales. The report was developed to offer a greater understanding of the human and economic costs of natural disasters and the physical and social patterns that cause them. The Summary for Policymakers presents key findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), tailored to decision-makers with concise conclusions and strategies.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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