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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.

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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

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Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation in Integrated Coastal Area Management

2009

This report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) provides broad guidelines for coastal planners related to the risks presented by tsunamis, storm surge, extreme wind-forced waves, coastal erosion, and the effects rising sea levels. These guidelines are intended to assist federal and local policy makers and coastal managers and planners in the reduction of the risks to coastal communities, their infrastructure, and service-providing ecosystems from coastal hazards being exacerbated by climate change.

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FIT Virtual Climate Adaptation Library

The Virtual Climate Adaptation Library, provided by the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), is a free online database built to foster advances in adaptation planning for sea level rise. FIT's goal for the virtual library is to maintain and expand cloud computing archives on planning and adaptation for coastal change at local through international scales.   Over 650 reports and articles are within 13 regional directories and more than 80 subdirectories.   English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, French and Arabic information is currently represented.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Rocky Mountain Research Station 2009 Climate Change Research Strategy

2009

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientists are studying climate as it influences plants, animals, ecosystems, disturbance patterns, and social and economic systems. This research supports land management and planning needs for addressing climate change. The purpose of this document is to provide RMRS employees, partners, and clients with a sense of the Station’s niche, capabilities, and role in climate change research and science delivery.

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An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Options Relevant to Legal and Policy Issues at the Department of the Interior (DOI)

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior's Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Law & Policy Subcommittee to identify the legal and policy issues facing the DOI and to suggest possible options for addressing them.

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Community-Based Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Climate Change

2008

This article, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, proposes a course of action for community-based adaptation to help communities better prepare for and respond to the health risks of climate change. The report is designed to engage stakeholders in a proactive problem-solving process to enhance preparedness for adaptation. Community-based adaptation is discussed as an approach to proactive implementation of programs and activities necessary to cope with the impacts of a changing climate on the health sector.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Jan C. Semenza

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Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change: State Case Studies

This site provides PDF files of individual state case studies pertaining to the economic and environmental costs of climate change.   The studies were prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland. The reports summarize climatic changes affecting 12 states, their potential fiscal impact, and the effect that future changes in climate may have on state economies. The research highlights the importance of planning for the possible effects of climate change on state natural and economic resources and explores options for reducing these effects.

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

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California Climate Risk and Response

November 2008

This report provides a comprehensive examination of the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation in California. This multi-sector study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley compiles the most recent available science on climate change impacts in the state, assesses the economic implications, and examines strategies for adaptation. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael McCormick, Fredrich Kahrl, David Roland-Holst

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