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Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in Florida: An Update of the Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources

December 2010

In 2009, the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council (FOCC) published a report entitled 'The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Resources. '  That report focused on what was known, and was possible concerning climate-change effects on the state’s ocean and coastal resources. This report updates and expands a section addressing sea level rise in the 2009 report. This update involved contributions by 5 Council members, 12 contributing authors, and 11 external reviewers whose technical contributions were based principally on literature published by August 2010.

Related Organizations: Florida Oceans and Coastal Council

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Coastal Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment

November 2010

Developed from a partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Louisiana Sea Grant, Texas Sea Grant, Florida Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program and the Gulf of Mexico Program, the Coastal Resilience Index was designed to help every coastal community become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, storm surge and flooding.  

Related Organizations: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Louisiana Sea Grant, Florida Sea Grant, Texas Sea Grant, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Lee County, Florida Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 6, 2010

This vulnerability assessment identifies significant projected climate changes for Lee County, Florida,  and the anticipated effects of those changes on both natural and man-made systems in the region.  The report also identifies potentially critical vulnerabilities that will need to be addressed by adaptation or accommodation in Lee County. It examines the current climate and ongoing climate change in southwest Florida along with five future scenarios of climate change into the year 2100. These scenarios include: a condition that involves a future in which mitigative actions are undertaken to reduce the human influence on climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007), a 90% probable future predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007b), a 50% probable future predicted by IPCC,  a 5% probable future predicted by the IPCC, and a “very worst” future in which no actions are taken to address climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007).

Related Organizations: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: James W. Beever III, Whitney Gray, Daniel Trescott, Dan Cobb, Jason Utley, David Hutchinson

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The Last Drop: Climate Change and the Southwest Water Crisis

February 2011

The Last Drop describes the current and projected future water-related challenges facing the Southwest region of the U.S. In particular, the present and future water demands of the agricultural and water sectors are examined, as well as how those demands will be affected by even minor changes in current climate variables.

Related Organizations: Stockholm Environment Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton

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City of Santa Cruz Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

January 11, 2011

The City of Santa Cruz, California produced this vulnerability assessment in 2011 as a first step in developing a climate adaptation plan. The report aims to identify the climate impacts to which Santa Cruz is vulnerable, analyze the risks which these impacts pose, and recommend potential adaptation strategies to reduce the City's risk and exposure. The assessment was to serve as the basis for potential goals, objectives, and actions that will help the City build adaptive capacity. The report and process is intended to be dynamic and continue to incorporate improved understandings of climate science, local vulnerability, and new adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: City of Santa Cruz, California

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gary Griggs, Brent Haddad

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North Carolina Sea-Level Rise Assessment Report

March 2010

In March 2010, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission's (CRC's) Science Panel on Coastal Hazards released this report estimating the extent of land on the North Carolina coast that will be covered by sea-level rise over this century. After explaining how sea-level rise can be assessed and measured, the report provides estimates for sea-level rise through the years 2025, 2050, 2075 and 2100. It concludes with recommendations to make improvements in sea-level monitoring as a first step to adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission

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Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects

March 2010

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, this fact sheet explains that climate change will have significant effects on wildlife, as well as human and domestic animal diseases. Effects discussed include: geographic range and distribution of wildlife diseases, plant and animal phenology, wildlife host-pathogen interactions, and disease patterns in wildlife.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erik Hofmeister, Gail Moede Rogall, Kathy Wesenberg, Rachel Abbott, Thierry Work, Krysten Schuler, Jonathan Sleeman

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Preliminary Study of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Resources of the Hayward Shore - California

March 2010

The Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) had a preliminary study conducted on the impact of sea-level rise on the resources of the Hayward shoreline, and the actions that could be taken to protect both the wetlands and shoreline development in this area of the San Francisco Bay, California.   Planning of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service addressed the projected change in sea-level within the HASPA planning area to the south of Highway 92.

Related Organizations: Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency

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Oyster River (New Hampshire) Culvert Analysis Project

March 2010

In this project the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) performed a vulnerability assessment of the hydrology and drainage system of the Oyster River watershed in southeastern New Hampshire and its capacity to adapt to climate change impacts and increased development. The project used a geographic information system (GIS) based watershed model to identify the road/stream crossing culverts that are vulnerable to failure due to extreme storms with increased precipitation, in combination with development of the watershed.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries

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Projected Health Impacts of Climate Change in Thurston County

February 23, 2010

This white paper is a summary of the public health effects that can be expected due to climate change impacts in Thurston County, Washington.   It is intended to build an understanding of, and capacity to plan for, the public health consequences of climate change within the county's health department. Findings are based on a review of literature, websites, and conversations with local researchers conducted in September, 2009, as one of the early steps in carrying out a grant award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

Related Organizations: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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