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Costs of Defending Against Rising Sea Levels and Flooding in Mid-Atlantic Metropolitan Coastal Areas

2010

This assessment identifies the potential costs of continually rising ocean levels and associated flooding, specifically on the mid-Atlantic Coast.  Metropolitan areas are susceptible to detriment on many levels, such as severe property damage and loss of natural resources, from sea level rise and related inundation and extreme weather events. This paper addresses what it would cost to minimize or eliminate such damage.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University

Author or Affiliated User: James V. Koch

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Human Health

2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. " The 'Human Health' chapter focuses on the unique challenges climate change creates for the public health sector. The key findings presented include: increased incidents of heat related illness and death, decreased air quality, mental health problems associated with the increase in extreme weather events, increases in diseases transmitted by food, water and insects, an increase in pollen production that will lead to health concerns for those with pollen related allergies, and increased environmental justice challenges.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, Thomas C. Peterson

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Preliminary Assessment of Rhode Island's Vulnerability to Climate Change and its Options for Adaptation Action - Summary

February 2010

This high-level assessment addresses climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations intended to support state and local planning efforts. The projected climate impacts on the state that are detailed in the report include warmer temperatures, extreme weather, worsening air quality, threats to municipal utilities, and biodiversity, coastal, economic and public health impacts.

Related Organizations: Brown University Center for Environmental Studies

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

Related Organizations: National Research Council

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Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State: Projected Mortality Risks Due to Heat Events and Air Pollution

2010

As a subset of the state's 2009 Climate Change Impact Assessment, this chapter is focused on two key public health concerns related to climate change: heat-related illness and worsening air quality. This study had three goals: 1) to determine the historical relationship between extreme heat events and mortality in different regions of Washington State, for selected age groups and causes of death, 2) to use these findings to predict the number of excess deaths by age group and cause during projected heat events in years 2025, 2045 and 2085, and 3) to use estimates of the relationship between ozone concentration and mortality available from the scientific literature to predict the number of excess deaths in mid-century (2045-2054) due to ozone under a changing climate, assuming a growing population.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Elizabeth Jackson, Michael G. Yost, Catherine Karr, Cole Fitzpatrick, Brian K. Lamb, Serena H. Chung, Jack Chen, Jeremy Avise, Roger A. Rosenblatt, Richard A. Fenske

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Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative

2010

This report addresses water challenges in the United States and abroad, emphasizing the need to invest in infrastructure development to improve water, sewer, and power systems. Building on extensive research, interviews, and data collection, Infrastructure 2010 reviews the specific water issues and concerns confronting 14 metropolitan areas throughout the country. The fourth in an annual series produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, this report describes the need to treat infrastructure as an investment by developing a targeted, long-term, and integrated national infrastructure strategy.

Related Organizations: Ernst & Young, Urban Land Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan D. Miller

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Moving Towards Climate Change Adaptation: the Promise of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for Addressing the Region's Vulnerability to Climate Disruption

2010

The purpose of this report is to provide an up-to-date review of the extent to which climate change is occurring in the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region of the US and Canadian Rocky Mountains, and to assess the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative's vision and programs as an effective response to climate disruption.

Related Organizations: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Graumlich, Wendy L. Francis

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Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability

2010

This report focuses on ways to improve the quality of intraseasonal and interannual climate forecasts. It examines current capabilities for forecasting predictions for the climate system, analyzes how past improvements in these capabilities have been achieved, and recommends opportunities for future improvement. The report informs and guides decisions regarding future opportunities in climate research and operational forecasting.

Related Organizations: National Research Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Assessing the Risk of 100-Year Freshwater Floods in the Lamprey River Watershed of New Hampshire Resulting from Changes in Climate and Land Use

2010

This NOAA funded project is assessing flood risk associated with existing and future land use and climate change scenarios for the Lamprey River watershed of Great Bay, New Hampshire to support land use decision-making. Key products include maps at the watershed and municipality scale of the 100-year flood risk boundaries and river discharge at specific locations under selected land use and climate change scenarios.

Related Organizations: University of New Hampshire

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The Implications of Climate Change on Water

2010

This document summarizes some of the key messages from the 2009 United Nations World Water Development Report, outlining the relationships between climate change and water resources, and the potential climate impacts on the availability of water and the control of water extremes. 

Related Organizations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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