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Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water

October 2008

This report recommends a series of adaptation strategies for state and local water managers to improve their capacity to handle climatic changes. The 10 climate change adaptation strategies for California's water outlined in this report fall under four major categories: investment strategies, regional strategies, statewide strategies, and improving management and decision-making capacity. The report also includes helpful tools for policy makers like a model water-efficient landscape ordinance.

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New York City’s MTA Adaptations to Climate Change – A Categorical Imperative

October 2008

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) commissioned this report, “MTA Adaptations to Climate Change: A Categorical Imperative,” to provide a risk-based framework for adapting MTA facilities to climate change impacts.   The assessment covers the entire MTA region, which includes New York City, 12 counties in southeastern New York, and two counties in southwestern Connecticut. Specifically, the report identifies steps for completing a vulnerability assessment; develops climate change scenarios for the region; conducts an initial survey of key vulnerabilities of MTA assets and operations by agency and type of hazard; and offers recommendations for ways that the MTA can assess critical infrastructure, plan for, and implement climate change adaptation projects.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Klaus Jacob, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Radley Horton, David Major, Vivien Gornitz

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change: Second Annual Report of the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group

September 2008

This report, prepared by the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group, is the product of a survey that attempted to assess what resources the states' coastal managers need in order to draft and implement climate change adaptation plans. The survey captures where the respondents were in the process of planning for climate change, what resources they would need for planning, and how much these resources would cost. The results place a great deal of focus on the need for technology, as well as mapping and modeling data for the planning process.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Somerset County, Maryland: Rising Sea Level Guidance

September 24, 2008

Somerset County obtained a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to assess the County’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and to review and develop workable revisions to County plans, development codes, and regulations to mitigate the identified impacts. The department created this guidance document for the County.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Florida: Public Opinion on Climate Change

September 17, 2008

This 2008 study surveyed the perceptions of Florida residents concerning the causes and consequences of climate change as well as potential solutions. The main findings are presented in this report and are intended to aid policy makers, educators, the private sector, and environmental organizations in their planning responses to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Kenneth Broad

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change and Chicago: Projections and Potential Impacts

September 2008

This report outlines the accelerating changes in climate that may occur over the coming century, and assesses the projected climate impacts on Chicago's public health system, water resources, natural ecosystems, infrastructure and more. The results of this analysis demonstrate the significance of emissions choices, and how these choices will determine the magnitude of the climate change impacts on Chicago.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Hayhoe, Donald Wuebbles

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Greenworks Philadelphia

2009

Greenworks Philadelphia was launched by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2009, and serves as the City of Philadelphia’s first comprehensive sustainability plan. The ambitious plan set out to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America by 2015. A 2015 update on progress within this report can be found here. 

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Gulf Coast Governors' Action Plan II: For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (2009-2014)

2009

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a network of federal agencies and Gulf Coast state agencies, resource managers and planners, prepared this 5-year regional plan for action that addresses several climate related issues facing the Gulf. The plan addresses four distinct challenges: 1) the need to maintain healthy Gulf Coast economies while using coastal resources sustainably; 2) the imperative of improving the health of Gulf ecosystems; 3) adapting to sea-level rise; and 4) mitigating the effects of decreased water quality.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California Climate Tracker

2009

Monthly station data, taken from cooperative observers (COOP*), along with gridded data from the PRISM database, are used to assess climate across the state. The primary variables that are considered in this process are monthly average mean temperatures and monthly precipitation totals.  

Authors or Affiliated Users: J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, L.M. Edward

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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