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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

Related Organizations: National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

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Climate Change in Park City, Utah: An Assessment of Climate, Snowpack, and Economic Impacts

September 29, 2009

This study examines how the snowpack at the Park City ski area, in the Wasatch Mountains of north central Utah, may be impacted by climate change, and how the regional economy could subsequently be impacted because of changes in winter tourism. The research and analysis was provided by Stratus Consulting for the Park City Foundation - a community foundation that promotes philanthropy, and partners with the nonprofit community to strengthen the greater Park City region.

Related Organizations: The Park City Foundation, Stratus Consulting

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Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing the assumptions and uncertainties

August 28, 2009

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper provides a brief perspective on “ecological niches” - describing how niche thinking and modeling have been used to project changes in the distributions of species, and assessing several related assumptions and uncertainties. These areas are illustrated using examples from research on California birds. The paper concludes with an assessment the usefulness of niche-based models for projecting climate-change impacts on biodiversity and the resulting implications for conservation and management.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO), National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: John A. Wiens, Diana Stralberg, Dennis Jongsomjit, Christine A. Howell, Mark A. Snyder

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation provides an evaluation of adaptation issues for natural ecosystems with a focus on the climate impacts of vegetation response, phenology, wildfire and other system-wide disturbances. It also describes adaptation scenarios of several species affected by climate change, including the snowshoe hare, wolverine, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, and amphibians. The report is limited to natural ecosystems, or those that have not been planted, irrigated, or fertilized - agricultural and grazing lands are excluded.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, L. Scott Mills

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The Socio-Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in the Galveston Bay Region

June 2009

This report seeks to illustrate the impact that climate change can have on communities in the Galveston Bay region. It focuses on two scenarios of sea-level rise,. 69 meters and 1. 5 meters, and the associated socio-economic impact on the Galveston Bay area for the next 100 years. For each of the model scenarios estimates are given for the impact on displaced populations; the number of buildings impacted and building-related economic losses; industrial, hazardous, superfund, solid waste sites; and water treatment plants.

Related Organizations: Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Environmental Defense Fund

Authors or Affiliated Users: David W. Yoskowitz, James Gibeaut, Ali McKenzie

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

June 2009

This report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) summarizes the science of climate change and its impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes climate change impacts by U.S. regions and sectors. The regions addressed include: Alaska, Coastal, Islands, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest. The sector chapters include: agriculture, ecosystems, energy supply and use, human health, society, transportation, and water resources.

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

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Water Resources

June 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 'Water Resources' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts to the U. S. water cycle from climate change. Changes to the water cycle identified in the report include: changes in precipitation patterns and intensity, changes in the incidence of drought, widespread melting of snow and ice, increasing atmospheric water vapor, increasing evaporation, increasing water temperatures, reductions in lake and river ice, and changes in soil moisture and runoff.

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

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the US - Transportation

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Transportation' chapter presents current and projected impacts to the U. S. transportation system from climate change. Primarily the effects of climate change on infrastructure, such as highways, air strips, and port facilities, are described in detail. Regional case studies demonstrating these types of impacts from extreme weather events in the recent past are included.

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

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Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Minnesota)

May 7, 2009

Using climate projections from 16 models, this research assesses climate impacts on the biodiversity in a "mid-continental area of North America" (focused on Minnesota). The likely impacts are described, and adaptation options for eight landscape regions within the planning area are proposed, based on a resistance, resilience, and facilitation framework. The research addresses how to adjust Minnesota's conservation practices so the protected areas network continues to support the state's biodiversity facing climate change.

Related Organizations: University of Minnesota

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan Galatowitsch, Lee Frelich, Laura Phillips-Mao

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The Future is Now: an Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California

May 2009

The purpose of this report is to highlight climatic changes that have already occurred and impacts that are happening in Califormia now, affecting public health, natural systems, and the economy. Chapter 3 provides evidence attributing past and current observations of climate change to direct human causes, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Chapter 4 examines California’s climate under different emissions scenarios, including a scenario of drastically reduced emissions, and summarizes the most current scientific understanding of the influence of future climate change on California’s economy and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission, California Climate Change Center (CCCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Guido Franco, Sarah Pittiglio, Wendy Chou, Dan Cayan

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