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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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Simulated Changes in Salinity in the York and Chickahominy Rivers from Projected Sea-Level Rise in Chesapeake Bay

2011

The U. S. Geological Survey, along with the City of Newport News, evaluated the potential impacts of sea-level rise on the presence and degree of saltwater migration in Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay under multiple sea-level rise scenarios. The study utilized a hydrodynamic simulation model to evaluate potential changes in salinity in the York River and Chickahominy/James River estuaries. Simulated results demonstrate the potential for considerable salinity increases upstream with even marginal sea-level rise.

Related Organizations: The City of Newport News, Virginia, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karen C. Rice, Mark R. Bennett, Jian Shen

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Assessment of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Mississippi

July 2011

Produced by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, this report includes a risk assessment and a detailed vulnerability assessment addressing sea level rise impacts to both natural and man-made systems on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The report also contains a number of sea level rise resiliency strategies categorized into three primary response pathways of armoring, retreating, and adapting.

Related Organizations: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

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Integrating Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment into Adaptation Planning: A Case Study Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index to Inform Conservation Planning for Species in Florida

2011

Developed by Defenders of Wildlife in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this report presents a case study using NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index to inform planning for species conservation in Florida.   The work was a pilot for an adaptation framework that integrates information from species vulnerability assessments into a comprehensive planning process, to identify adaptation strategies and management opportunities for species vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Defenders of Wildlife

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Sea Level Rise and Potential Impacts by the Year 2100: A Vulnerability Assessment for Saco Bay Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough - Maine

December 31, 2010

Saco Bay is home to Maine’s longest stretch of contiguous sandy beaches, its largest expanse of coastal wetlands, and includes the coastal communities of Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford. From the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), this report provides the results and analysis of projected sea level rise inundation scenarios and land and real estate economic impacts for the Bay. This project was developed with the assistance of the Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Geological Survey (MGS) and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.

Related Organizations: Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), Maine State Planning Office

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New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force Report to the Legislature

December 31, 2010

At the direction of the New York State legislature, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force evaluated approaches to protect New York’s remaining coastal ecosystems and natural habitats, and to increase coastal community resilience in the face of sea level rise.

Related Organizations: New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Columbia University

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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

January 2011

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species of conservation concern in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist

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Climate Change Impacts on Iowa 2010

January 1, 2011

This report from the Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee documents the impacts of changing climate on Iowa during the past 50 years.  The report includes an overview of potential climate change impacts to the state of Iowa and policy recommendations for responding to these threats.  The report looks at potential impacts to agriculture, flora and fauna, public health, economy, infrastructure and emergency services are described thoroughly.   The final chapter 'Findings on the Impacts of Climate Change in Iowa' summarizes each of these sectors, and demonstrates the most significant impacts on the state.

Related Organizations: Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council

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Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska - Strategies for Community Health

January 2011

This report details the struggles of the community of Kivalina Alaska to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It contains chapters on people, community, climate, seasons, air, sea, coast, land, rivers, biota, water, food, and recommendations. The major climate change impacts affecting the community include: changes in temperature and precipitation, food security, permafrost melt, thinning ice and increased snow accumulation, wildfires, reduced air quality, erosion, sea level rise, and decreases in water quality and supply.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Brubaker, James Berner, Jacob Bell, John Warren

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Missoula County Climate Action: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Community

November 1, 2011

This assessment summarizes the current and anticipated climate impacts on Missoula County, Montana, and offers strategic recommendations in five focus areas including: water supply, wildfire, flooding and water quality, changes to species and habitats, and the local impacts of global change.  The report is a result of a community-based process in which residents and cross-sector leaders of Missoula County convened over local climate impacts and solutions.  The assessment also includes a comprehensive review of Missoula County’s socioeconomic systems and vulnerabilities to climate change.

Related Organizations: ClimateWise - Geos Institute, Clark Fork Coalition, Headwaters Economics

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marni Koopman, Jill Alban, Mark Haggerty, Ray Rasker

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