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Influence of Potential Sea Level Rise on Societal Vulnerability to Hurricane Storm-Surge Hazards in Sarasota County, Florida

December 2010

Although the potential for hurricanes under current climatic conditions continue to threaten coastal communities, there is concern that climate change, specifically potential increases in sea level, could influence the impacts of future hurricanes. To examine the potential effect of sea level rise on community vulnerability to future hurricanes, (the authors) assess variations in socio-economic exposure in Sarasota County, FL, to contemporary hurricane storm-surge hazards and to storm-surge hazards enhanced by sea level rise scenarios. Analysis indicates that significant portions of the population, economic activity, and critical facilities are in contemporary and future hurricane storm-surge hazard zones.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tim G. Frazier, Nathan Wood, Brent Yarnal, Denise H. Bauer

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Lee County, Florida Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 6, 2010

This vulnerability assessment identifies significant projected climate changes for Lee County, Florida,  and the anticipated effects of those changes on both natural and man-made systems in the region.  The report also identifies potentially critical vulnerabilities that will need to be addressed by adaptation or accommodation in Lee County. It examines the current climate and ongoing climate change in southwest Florida along with five future scenarios of climate change into the year 2100. These scenarios include: a condition that involves a future in which mitigative actions are undertaken to reduce the human influence on climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007), a 90% probable future predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007b), a 50% probable future predicted by IPCC,  a 5% probable future predicted by the IPCC, and a “very worst” future in which no actions are taken to address climate change (Stanton and Ackerman 2007).

Authors or Affiliated Users: James W. Beever III, Whitney Gray, Daniel Trescott, Dan Cobb, Jason Utley, David Hutchinson

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The Last Drop: Climate Change and the Southwest Water Crisis

February 2011

The Last Drop describes the current and projected future water-related challenges facing the Southwest region of the U.S. In particular, the present and future water demands of the agricultural and water sectors are examined, as well as how those demands will be affected by even minor changes in current climate variables.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton

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City of Santa Cruz Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

January 11, 2011

The City of Santa Cruz, California produced this vulnerability assessment in 2011 as a first step in developing a climate adaptation plan. The report aims to identify the climate impacts to which Santa Cruz is vulnerable, analyze the risks which these impacts pose, and recommend potential adaptation strategies to reduce the City's risk and exposure. The assessment was to serve as the basis for potential goals, objectives, and actions that will help the City build adaptive capacity. The report and process is intended to be dynamic and continue to incorporate improved understandings of climate science, local vulnerability, and new adaptation strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gary Griggs, Brent Haddad

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Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects

March 2010

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, this fact sheet explains that climate change will have significant effects on wildlife, as well as human and domestic animal diseases. Effects discussed include: geographic range and distribution of wildlife diseases, plant and animal phenology, wildlife host-pathogen interactions, and disease patterns in wildlife.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erik Hofmeister, Gail Moede Rogall, Kathy Wesenberg, Rachel Abbott, Thierry Work, Krysten Schuler, Jonathan Sleeman

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Preliminary Study of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Resources of the Hayward Shore - California

March 2010

The Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) had a preliminary study conducted on the impact of sea-level rise on the resources of the Hayward shoreline, and the actions that could be taken to protect both the wetlands and shoreline development in this area of the San Francisco Bay, California.   Planning of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service addressed the projected change in sea-level within the HASPA planning area to the south of Highway 92.

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Oyster River (New Hampshire) Culvert Analysis Project

March 2010

In this project the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) performed a vulnerability assessment of the hydrology and drainage system of the Oyster River watershed in southeastern New Hampshire and its capacity to adapt to climate change impacts and increased development. The project used a geographic information system (GIS) based watershed model to identify the road/stream crossing culverts that are vulnerable to failure due to extreme storms with increased precipitation, in combination with development of the watershed.

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Projected Health Impacts of Climate Change in Thurston County

February 23, 2010

This white paper is a summary of the public health effects that can be expected due to climate change impacts in Thurston County, Washington.   It is intended to build an understanding of, and capacity to plan for, the public health consequences of climate change within the county's health department. Findings are based on a review of literature, websites, and conversations with local researchers conducted in September, 2009, as one of the early steps in carrying out a grant award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

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Guam Coastal Management Program - Section 309 Assessments and Strategy 2011 - 2015

September 2010

The Guam Coastal Management Program (GCMP) completed assessment and strategy documents in 1991, 1997, 2001, and 2006. This 2010 update provides an opportunity to review the program's accomplishments as well as its strategy for handling new challenges and changing scenarios facing Guam. This update also reflects changes that are based on the single biggest event to happen on Guam since World War II: a massive Department of Defense buildup.

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Virginia Special Places in Peril: Jamestown, Chincoteague, and Shenandoah Threatened by Climate Disruption

September 2010

This report examines, in detail, the threats that climate change presents to Jamestown, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and Shenandoah National Park. For each of these impacts, the report identifies the potential economic losses that could result from the loss of ecosystems and tourism. The authors provide downscaled information about climate threats, including projected temperature increases for each of the three sites. Additionally, the report characterizes the threat sea-level rise and erosion pose to Jamestown and Chincoteague.

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

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