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Climate and Land Use Change Effects on Ecological Resources in Three Watersheds: A Synthesis Report

August 2007

The effects of global change drivers differ by place and in scale, necessitating place-specific impacts information to enable stakeholders to respond appropriately. Place and scale also determine appropriate adaptation strategies and expected outcomes. Three watershed case study assessments were conducted to advance the capability of managers to consider climate and land use change in watershed management decisions. The case studies were of the San Pedro River Watershed, the Sacramento River Watershed, and several small watersheds in Maryland (see Related Links).

Related Organizations: ICF International, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Thomas E. Johnson, Randall Freed, Susan Asam, Sandra Shapiro

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Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Habitats in the Pacific Northwest: An Analysis for Puget Sound, Southwestern Washington, and Northwestern Oregon

July 2007

This report, by the National Wildlife Federation, documents results from a study on the projected impacts of sea-level rise to key coastal habitats in the Pacific Northwest. The study modeled sea-level rise up to 2 meters, based on input from prior studies, and examined its effects including the inundation of estuarine beaches, loss of tidal flats and marshes, and the inundation of inland swamps. The report also provides a brief description of how these effects will impact wildlife. Finally, the report makes one broad recommendation for planners to account for sea-level rise in their habitat restoration projects.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Patty Glick, Jonathan Clough, Brad Nunley

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

Related Organizations: National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences

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National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

April 1, 2007

This strategic assessment report articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1) What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States. 2) What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America's national security interests.

Related Organizations: Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

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Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

February 2007

This brief from the National Research Council of the National Academies summarizes an assessment of existing sources of scientific information - including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections - and how they relate to Colorado River Basin water supplies and demands, water management, and drought. 

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

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Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis (Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

2007

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report describes progress in understanding the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new findings from the past six years of research.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: S. Solomon, D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor, H.L. Miller

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Climate Change and the Future of Biodiversity in Washington

2007

This report, prepared for the State of Washington Biodiversity Council in 2007, provides an overview of recent and projected future climate impacts on the physical and biological systems of Washington. It also summarizes the state of knowledge about potential methods for addressing climate change in future planning efforts.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, State of Washington

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joshua J. Lawler, Molly Mathias

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Vulnerability of New Jersey's Coastal Habitats to Sea Level Rise

January 2007

This report is the product of a study determining which developed areas in coastal New Jersey are vulnerable to sea-level rise in ways that could negatively impact sandy beach and wetland habitats. It is intended to be used in a way that can provide information for coastal management and development decisions.

Related Organizations: Rutgers Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Aaron Love, Richard G. Lathrop

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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

Related Organizations: PB Consult, Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

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IPCC Fourth Assessment Report - Working Group III Report: Mitigation of Climate Change

2007

This report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deals with adaptation, mitigation, the risk associated with rapid and/or abrupt changes in climate, trends in irrigation, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions of wastewater.

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

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