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Adapting to Climate Change: A Handbook for Local Governments in North Carolina

June 2013

The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed this handbook to help local governments in North Carolina with adaptation planning. It provides local governments with information on how climate change might impact their communities, along with strategies that can be implemented to address these potential impacts. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sierra C. Woodruff, Anna K. Schwab, Dylan Sandler

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EPA Community Resilience Pilot Project Wilmington, North Carolina

February 2013

This pilot project, sponsored by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifies potential risks from sea level rise to the water and wastewater infrastructure in coastal communities of North Carolina, and provides potential adaptation measures to reduce the risks to existing assets as well as future service areas. The City of Wilmington in partnership with New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), requested assistance from USEPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities to help identify adaptation strategies that could help to reduce the vulnerability of water and wastewater infrastructure to potential SLR and more intense storms.

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Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future

August 2012

The North Carolina Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) - a group of 11 state and federal agencies - developed this coordinated climate adaptation strategy providing a framework for planning an integrated climate adaptation response for North Carolina. The report discusses how the state can proactively prepare for projected impacts of climate variability and weather extremes, with the emphasis on practical, economically feasible options that can be undertaken by state agencies, working with willing partners at local, regional, and federal levels.

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French Broad River MPO Long Range Transportation Plan – Climate Change Chapter

September 23, 2010

The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which includes Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area, included a climate change chapter in its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), adopted in 2010. The chapter identifies the impacts that climate change has already caused in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and concludes that the primary future impact in the region will be climate variability. The chapter considers the risks expected to increase with greater temperature and precipitation variability, and identifies steps the MPO can take to adapt its infrastructure.

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Climate Ready Estuaries: A Blueprint for Change

September 2010

This report summarizes key findings and recommendations for climate change adaptation in the region surrounding North Carolina's Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP), which is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries Program. Recommendations to improve the area’s resilience and adaptation capacity, including specific recommendations to the APNEP policy board are included.

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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.

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NCSU Climate Change and Society Professional Science Master's Program

The Climate Change and Society Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree program at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is a multidisciplinary one year program of academic training in the emerging field of climate adaptation. The degree program is intended for students interested in careers in planning or policy and professionals working in government agencies or private sector firms concerned with any aspect of planning or setting policies affected by global climate change. The program provides the training for combining climate change science and climate-sensitive social-economic sector information - for the development of sound decisions for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Fish and Wildlife in North Carolina

2010

Prepared by the Defenders of Wildlife for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the NC Wildlife Action Plan Workshop Steering Committee, this report provides a thorough overview of climate change impacts and recommended planning approaches for fish and wildlife in North Carolina.  

Authors or Affiliated Users: A. DeWan, N. Dubois, K. Theoharides, J. Boshoven.

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

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Coastal and Estuarine Observing in North Carolina - Integrating Observations and Science to Understand our Coastal Environment

June 2009

This white paper recognizes North Carolina’s estuaries and coastal ocean as ecologically diverse and economically important systems for the state.  Observing the state's coastal and estuary environments is discussed in relation to protecting human lives, climate change impacts, and sustaining healthy coastal ecosystems. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lynn Leonard, Jennifer Dorton, Stephen Culver, Robert Christian

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