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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

Related Organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Advancing the Science of Climate Change

2010

Part of the America's Climate Choices suite of studies requested by Congress, this report examines the status of the nation's climate change research efforts and recommends steps to improve and expand current understanding. The report reviews the scientific community's understanding of climate change and its interactions with human and natural systems in 12 areas of interest to decision makers. It identifies advances needed to improve the effectiveness of actions taken to respond to climate change, including actions to limit its magnitude and adapt to its impacts, as well as understanding the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of climate change.

Related Organizations: America's Climate Choices, National Academy of Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

2009

From the National Academies Press, this expansive report examines the growing need for organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, the report develops guidance for government agencies at all levels, as well as private organizations, that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Academy of Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

2009

The Committee on Strategic Advice on the U. S. Climate Change Science Program and National Research Council published this book acknowledging that policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but recognizing there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making.   This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States Climate Change Research Program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses.

Related Organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (SB S6599)

July 18, 2019

Passed in July of 2019, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) (Senate Bill S6599) commits the state of New York to integrated climate adaptation planning and climate justice. In addition to aggressive climate mitigation goals - including zero GHG emissions by 2050 and 100% renewable electricity usage by 2040 - the Act aims to address adaptation and resilience across state programming, land use planning, and local government support.

Related Organizations: State of New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Resilient Infrastructure for New York State

December 19, 2019

This report from Rebuild By Design describes a proposal to create a Resilient Infrastructure Fund to support green and grey infrastructure projects that reduce flooding, coupled with a buy-out program, to improve the physical, social, and ecological resilience of New York State. It proposes a transparent, inclusive, and equitable approach to finance climate adaptation planning and implementation throughout the state. Though designed for New York, the recommendations are applicable to and can serve as a model for other states.

Related Organizations: Rebuild by Design

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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.

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Built to Last: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in California

November 2017

This white paper from the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) presents key principles, barriers, and high-level recommendations for achieving climate-smart infrastructure in California. The focus is on state-level actions that can accelerate broad-scale implementation of replacing or retrofitting existing public infrastructure with resilient infrastructure built to face climate impacts. Agency staff and policymakers can use the information and policy recommendations to inform equitable and climate-smart considerations throughout the infrastructure life cycle.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA Coral Reef Watch

1998

NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch (CRW) is a decision support system providing resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders with information on coral reef threats, primarily from climate change, to inform preparedness and response decisions. CRW uses remote sensing, modeled, and in situ biogeophysical data to offer near real-time and long-term monitoring, modeling, and reporting of conditions affecting coral reef ecosystems, especially related to coral bleaching. The information provided by the Coral Reef Watch program serves as an early warning system for coral reef changes as well as projected outlooks of coral bleaching heat stress.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Rio Grande Water Fund - Comprehensive Plan for Wildfire and Water Source Protection, New Mexico

July 2014

The Rio Grande Water Fund and The Nature Conservancy developed this Comprehensive Plan to guide forest restoration projects, and outline a funding plan to ensure New Mexico’s water security through the restoration of forested watersheds connected to the Rio Grande. The plan sets the priorities for allocating funding to areas with important water sources and high wildfire risk. With reduced snowpack and hotter summer temperatures contributing to greater risk of severe wildfire, this plan represents an adaptation strategy to both moderate wildfire risk and to protect water quality and supply for New Mexico.

Related Organizations: Rio Grande Water Fund, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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