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Sea Level Rise in the Coastal Waters of Washington State

January 2008

This scientific analysis provides low, medium, and high estimates of sea-level rise for the Northwest Olympic Peninsula, Central and Southern Coasts, and Puget Sound areas for 2050 and 2100, to support both public and private investment and other decision making. The authors examine four key factors that influence local SLR, including thermal expansion of the ocean, melting land ice, local winds, and local land changes (e. g. from tectonic movement and isostatic rebound), to calculate these projections.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Alexander Petersen, Spencer Reeder, Hugh Shipman, Lara Whitely Binder

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Water Supply and Stress Index Model (WaSSI)

2008

WaSSI is a tool that models historical, current, and future watershed stress for a particular zip code by comparing water supply and demand. Planners can select which of two climate models to use (HadCM2SuL - warm & wet; or CGC1 - hot & dry) to assess possible effects on supply and stress created by climate change under these scenarios. WaSSI uses historical USGS or state water bureau data to estimate past demand; future demand and supply scenarios are based on modeled changes in land use, land management, population, and climate change.

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The San Diego Foundation Regional Focus 2050 Study: Climate Change Related Impacts in the San Diego Region by 2050

2008

This study addresses climate change related impacts in the San Diego region projected to occur by 2050. It was prepared for inclusion in the 2008 Climate Change Impacts Assessment Second Biennial Science Report to the California Climate Action Team. Focusing on interrelated issues of climate change, sea‐level rise, population growth, land use, water, energy, public health, wildfires, biodiversity, and habitat, the report looks at the potential impacts by 2050, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven Messner, Sandra C. Miranda, Karen Green, Charles Phillips, Joseph Dudley, Dan Cayan, Emily Young

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The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation (TRB Special Report 290)

2008

This report was published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in order to provide guidance to federal, state and local transportation decision makers - with the intention of building the capacity to create adaptation strategies. It identifies ways transportation infrastructure, across different modes and in a variety of U.S. regions, will be impacted by climate change, and makes strategic recommendations. 

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City of Chicago, Illinois Climate Action Plan (CCAP)

2008

The City of Chicago Climate Task Force developed this Climate Action Plan to address both mitigation and adaptation. The brief adaptation section of the plan discusses nine strategies including: heat management, innovative cooling, protect air quality, manage stormwater, implement green urban design, preserve plants and trees, engage the public, engage businesses, and plan for the future.

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From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007

2008

This assessment discusses current and future risks and opportunities that climate change presents to Canada, with a focus on human and managed systems. It is based on a critical analysis of existing knowledge, including both published scientific and technical literature and expert knowledge. The current state of understanding is presented, and key knowledge gaps are identified. Many of the chapters address issues specific to a particular region. However there are also chapters that address Canada in the international context, and moving forward on adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald S. Lemmen, Quentin Chiotti, Fiona J. Warren, Jacinthe Lacroix, Paul Egginton, Chris Furgal, Terry D. Prowse, Liette Vasseur, Norm R. Catto, Alain Bourque, Guillaume Simonet, Beth Lavender, David Sauchyn, Ian J. Walker, Robin Sydneysmith, James P. Bruce, Erik Haites, Ian Burton

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Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity

2008

"Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity," represents the first comprehensive assessment of health vulnerabilities to climate change in Canada. It provides an up-to-date synthesis of knowledge on how the health of Canadians is affected by our climate today, and what may lie ahead under future climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Jacinthe Séguin

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Climate Change and Infectious Diseases in North America: The Road Ahead

March 11, 2008

This journal article provides an overview of the expected nature and direction of infectious diseases in North America under a changing climate. Vector-borne, zoonotic (infectious diseases of animal origin that may be transmitted to humans), water and food-borne diseases, and diseases with environmental reservoirs (e. g. , endemic fungal diseases) pose current and future challenges to health care providers and public health agencies. The authors predict that health consequences of climate change and changes in weather patterns and ecosystems will become increasingly more significant, with the most severe impacts in far northern regions (e.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amy Greer, Victoria Ng, David Fisman

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Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate

March 2008

Comparing average temperatures in the last five years to 20th century averages, the West has experienced 70 percent more warming than the world as a whole. This report assesses impacts the West faces with rising temperatures and changes in precipitation levels and patterns. Chapters 6 and 7 provide an overview of mitigation actions to date (2008) and makes high-level recommendations for policymakers. Appendix A provides a 100-year analysis of warming for each of the 11 states in the West (1908-2007).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephen Saunders, Charles Montgomery, Tom Easley, Theo Spencer

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.7: Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure - Gulf Coast Study

March 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP investigates risks to transportation systems in the Gulf Coast from climate change, and assesses the steps managers and policy makers can take to ensure the safety and resilience of those transportation systems. The findings represent the first phase of a three phased research effort.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael J. Savonis, Virginia R Burkett, Joanne R. Potter

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