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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.   The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola, Joel B. Smith

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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation Climate Change Strategic Plan

April 2016

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan is an initial effort to identify climate adaptation strategies by drawing on the expertise of the Tribes’ administration, elders, scientific leaders, and other stakeholders. The confederated tribes currently reside in the Flathead Reservation in Montana, although their territories were originally located in what is now western Montana, northern Idaho, and parts of southern Canada. The plan is particularly concerned with the preservation of the tribe’s natural and cultural resources.

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Policy Platform of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance - Federal Policy Opportunities

February 2016

This Policy Platform outlines actionable strategies for federal agencies that can be implemented immediately to protect and restore the watersheds of the western U. S. The policy recommendations were developed by Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance, offering near-term policy solutions for the long-term resilience of forested headwaters for water supply. Forested watershed and source water protection is critical for climate resiliency. Watersheds filter pollutants, control erosion, regulate temperature, attenuate floods, and buffer human activities from drinking water resources.

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Missoula Community Climate Smart Action Plan v1.0

July 2015

The City of Missoula, Montana and Climate Smart Missoula developed this plan as a guide for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the community of Missoula. Expanding beyond the municipal strategies in the City’s Climate Action Plan, this “climate smart” plan outlines visions, goals, and specific activities to better and more equitably involve the entire community in climate change solutions. 

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Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

April 9, 2015

Yellowstone Science is a publication devoted to Yellowstone's natural and cultural resources - that features research on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This issue of Yellowstone Science is dedicated to climate change research in the park and surrounding area, and relays current findings of regional impacts due to changes in climate.

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West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment

2013

The Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) developed a wildfire risk assessment of all lands for the 17 western states and select Pacific Islands - known as the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment, or WWA.  Three sets of summary statistics were developed using the results of the WWA, including Regional Summary Statistics, State Summary Statistics, and County Risk Reports, as well as maps of wildfire risk demonstrating fire threat and that to key assets - downscaled to the county level.

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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USGS Integrated Watershed Scale Response to Global Change in Selected Basins Across the United States

May 16, 2012

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has utilized water availability models to project local-level climate change impacts in 14 water basins. To determine the sensitivity and potential effect of long-term climate change on the freshwater resources of the U. S. , the USGS Global Change study, “An integrated watershed scale response to global change in selected basins across the United States” was started in 2008 and published its results in 2012. The long-term goal of this study is to provide the foundation for hydrologically based climate change studies across the nation.

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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 focal 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.

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

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Regional Climate Adaptation Planning Alliance: Report on Climate Change and Planning Frameworks for the Intermountain West

August 2011

This report, prepared by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is an outgrowth of the Regional Climate Adaptation Planning Alliance formed by major cities in the western US to develop a common regional approach to adaptation planning. 

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