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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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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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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 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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Climate Forest Vegetation Simulator (Climate-FVS)

2010

The Climate Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (Climate-FVS) provides forest managers a tool for considering the effects of climate change on forested ecosystems.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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TreeFlow

TreeFlow is an online resource for tree-ring reconstructions of stream flow and climate. By providing a longer window into the past, tree-ring reconstructions describe the natural variability of climate (precipitation, drought) more completely than gaged records. While projected changes in precipitation may be uncertain in some area, projections for temperature changes due to climate change are highly useful and relevant when added to the range of natural flow variability seen in the reconstructions.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Arizona, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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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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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-2: Supporting the Integration of Climate Change Adaptation Science in the West

2009

The WGA's Policy Resolution 09-2 calls on the federal government to create a coordinated approach to climate change adaptation and makes several policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration to integrate adaptation capabilities in the western states.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change

2009

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Policy Resolution 09-3 describes the WGA's position on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It makes recommendations for federal, state, and local policies to support the reduction of both GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on states and localities.

Related Organizations: Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report

June 2010

This report from the Western Governor's Association, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps" includes consensus recommendations to promote the cooperation between western states and federal, local, and private sector partners in addressing the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies.

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

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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