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Climate in the Heartland: Historical Data and Future Projections for the Heartland Regional Network

September 2015

Climate in the Heartland describes projected climate change impacts for five municipalities: Iowa City, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The analysis finds that annual temperatures are projected to increase substantially for each municipality. The average temperature in coming decades will be higher than extremes that have recently occurred on average only once per decade. Additionally, frosts are projected to start later and end earlier for all five municipalities.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Anderson, Jennifer Gooden, Patrick E. Guinan, Mary Knapp, Gary McManus, Martha D. Shulski

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Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

September 2014

From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this 2014 report was designed to inform Nebraska policy makers, natural resource managers, and the public of past, current, and future climate and the implications of climate change on policy and management. This report summarizes key messages from the U. S.  Third National Climate Assessment Report (NCA 2014) and relates them to climatic changes and impacts in Nebraska. Through commentaries from experts in the field, the report discusses the climate-related issues each sector faces, and recommends adaptation strategies to be considered.

Related Organizations: University of Nebraska

Authors or Affiliated Users: Deborah Bathke, Robert Oglesby, Clinton Rowe, Donald Wilhite

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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.

Related Organizations: Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF), Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

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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.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

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

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Nebraska LB 583 - Provide duties for the Climate Assessment Response Committee

June 4, 2013

Approved by Governor Heineman on June 4, 2013, LB 583 is the first legislation to address climate change in Nebraska. The purpose of the law is to delineate the responsibilities of the Climate Assessment Response Committee. LB 583 requires the Committee to report to the Governor on the impacts of climate change on Nebraska and facilitate communication between stakeholders to address such impacts and response strategies.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2016

April 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Improving Drought Preparedness in the West

January 2011

The Western Governors' Association and Western States Water Council convened a series of workshops to engage constituents in evaluating progress in drought preparedness. The workshops brought together end-users of drought information from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, navigation, water supply, cultural resources, and the environment.   Attendees included representatives of states, federal agencies, tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA), Western States Water Council (WSWC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Tree Atlas

October 26, 2010

The Climate Change Tree Atlas helps determine current and future suitable habitat and distribution of 134 tree species in the Eastern United States based on current climate and projected suitable habitat for the year 2100. The Atlas provides detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions for each species, and can be used to develop large-scale projections of species responses to climate change. By taking current distributions of tree habitat in the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change Planning for the Great Plains: Wildlife vulnerability assessment and recommendations for land and grazing management

September 2010

The result of a project by the Wildlife Conservation Society for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GP LCC), this report highlights results from a vulnerability assessment of grassland dependent wildlife in the GP LCC geography, with a focus on the species of concern listed in the wildlife action plans of the states within the GP LCC. The assessment team utilized the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) tool in conducting the assessment (see separate entry for this tool).

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Zack, Kevin Ellison, Molly Cross, Erika Rowland

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Climate Adaptation Priorities for the Western States: Scoping Report

June 2010

The Western Governors Association's Climate Adaptation Work Group's first task was to develop this scoping report in an effort to identify state and regional priorities for planning and adapting to a changing climate. Three specific goals were identified for further discussion: 1) foster coordination on adaptation activities, particularly between state and federal efforts; 2) identify key science needs for Western states; and 3) begin to share smart practices among states. This report focuses on priority actions that could help states adequately plan for and improve resiliency to a changing climate.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA)

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