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Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States

December 2007

This report presents four case studies of climate change impacts in different regions of the country: The Heat is On: Climate Change & Heatwaves in the Midwest; The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States; Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate; and Ramifications of Climate Change for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia (also in the clearinghouse as individual entries). Each case study focuses on a specific type of impact of particular concern to a U.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, Louisiana State University, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Oregon State University, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Gerald A. Meehl, Dominique Bachelet, Robert R. Twilley, Donald F. Boesch

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Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate

December 2007

This paper describes the current and projected impacts on Gulf coast wetlands from land development and water management practices, in concert with the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events such as hurricanes, flooding as well as sea-level rise. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. .

Related Organizations: Louisiana State University, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Author or Affiliated User: Robert R. Twilley

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Ramifications of Climate Change for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia

December 2007

This paper examines how both climate variability and potential climate change can affect hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay and can present additional challenges to ongoing ecosystem restoration. It is one of four case studies in a report entitled, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. Past observations are used to elucidate the multiple influences of climate on hypoxia and its consequences to the Bay ecosystems.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald F. Boesch, Victoria J. Coles, David G. KimmelW. David Miller

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The Heat is On: Climate Change and Heatwaves in the Midwest

December 2007

This paper from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) reviews the projected intensity and frequency of heat waves in the Midwestern United States for the 21st century, potential public health ramifications and related adaptation options. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines the impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U.

Related Organizations: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kris Ebi, Gerald A. Meehl

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The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States

December 2007

This report reviews current and projected climate variables that may affect the frequency and severity of wildfires in the Western U. S. for the 21st century. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, titled "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. This section summarizes projections for the 21st century from vegetation models that integrate knowledge of past fire occurrence to simulate changes in fire patterns and their effect on carbon sequestration in western states.

Related Organizations: Oregon State University, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dominique Bachelet, James M. Lenihan, Ronald P. Neilson

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State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2007-2010

December 2007

Connecticut's Standard Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) has been updated in response to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) and FEMA’s November 2006 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Implications of Climate Change for Urban Water Utilities

December 2007

This paper explains in high-level terms climate change processes and effects to urban water utilities, and considers the issues involved in developing suitable water sector responses. Two adaptation strategies to reduce or avoid impacts of climate change are discussed -  vulnerability analysis and integrated response planning. Mitigation strategies that utilities could adopt to reduce their operation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions are mentioned. .

Related Organizations: Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), Stratus Consulting

Authors or Affiliated Users: John E. Cromwell, Joel B. Smith, Robert S. Raucher

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Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction

November 2007

This report was the first detailed analysis of the potential consequences of continued climate change for the state of Florida's economy. The report concludes that, if left unchecked, climate change will significantly harm Florida’s economy in the next several decades, and that impacts on just three sectors - tourism, electric utilities, and real estate - together with effects of hurricanes, would shrink Florida’s Gross State Product by 5% by the end of the century.

Related Organizations: Tufts University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elizabeth Stanton, Frank Ackerman

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Marin Countywide Plan (California)

November 6, 2007

The Marin Countywide Plan is a comprehensive, long-range sustainability plan that addresses climate change through assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and recommending programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Marin County Community Development Agency

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City of Keene, New Hampshire - Adapting to Climate Change: Planning a Climate Resilient Community

November 2007

This report provides an assessment of Keene, New Hampshire's vulnerability to climate change, and presents goals and targets for adapting to climate change impacts. The recommendations outlined in the report include preparing for increased severe weather events, building more resilient ecosystems, improving water and food security, and improving public health infrastructure in reference to vector-borne diseases.

Related Organizations: City of Keene, New Hampshire, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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