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Preparing Oregon's Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats for Future Climate Change: A Guide for State Adaptation Efforts

2008

Prepared by the Oregon Global Warming Commission's Fish and Wildlife Adaptation Subcommittee, this report outlines actions needed to better prepare natural systems in the state for climate change, with a specific focus on the management of fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. It reviews the state of knowledge about climate change relating to fish and wildlife populations, and it provides policy recommendations and research priorities for building a state fish and wildlife adaptation strategy.

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Sea Level Rise in the Coastal Waters of Washington State

January 2008

This scientific analysis provides low, medium, and high estimates of sea-level rise for the Northwest Olympic Peninsula, Central and Southern Coasts, and Puget Sound areas for 2050 and 2100, to support both public and private investment and other decision making. The authors examine four key factors that influence local SLR, including thermal expansion of the ocean, melting land ice, local winds, and local land changes (e. g. from tectonic movement and isostatic rebound), to calculate these projections.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Alexander Petersen, Spencer Reeder, Hugh Shipman, Lara Whitely Binder

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Transportation Planning, Climate Change, and Decision making Under Uncertainty

2008

This report discusses ways that the uncertainty created by climate change and its impacts can be incorporated into long-range transportation planning. The paper examines how departments of transportation (DOTs) forecast travel demand for planning purposes, and it suggests several frameworks (i.e. scenario planning and adaptive management) that can be used to incorporate uncertain climate change impacts into these planning processes.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James A. Dewar, Martin Wachs

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Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species

2008

This report presents a conceptual framework and review of the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems. It explains the complex interactions between climate change and invasive species that will influence how aquatic ecosystems and their biota will respond to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank J. Rahel, Julian D. Olden

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Assessment of Redefining Florida's Coastal High Hazard Area

January 2008

This report examines how a 2006 legislative change to Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) policies of HB 1359 changed the CHHA boundaries and may compromise resiliency and land development in Florida's coastal communities, particularly in light of concerns regarding climate change and sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James F. Murley, Ana Puszkin Chevlin, Ann-Margaret Esnard, Rachel Kalin

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Oregon's Final Report to the Governor - A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change

January 2008

The state's Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG), through this report created in 2008, started the development of a framework to assist individuals, businesses, and governments in the state to incorporate climate change into their planning processes, based on observed impacts, and human and economic threats. The report is organized in 4 parts: 1) Preparation and Adaptation, 2) Mitigation, 3) Education and Outreach, and 4) Research, with a synthesis of key recommendations at the beginning. The Adaptation section largely defers to the Global Warming Commission, the anticipated successor group to the CCIG, and indicates that more work is needed to develop action strategies around preparation and adaptation.

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California Dept. of Fish and Game Climate Science Program

2008

The California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG’s) mission is 'to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public. ' The Climate Science Program was created in 2008 as part of the Climate Science and Renewable Energy Branch to help the Department address climate change, in support of this mission. The Program is designed to minimize the negative effects of climate change through the development of adaptation and mitigation measures, policies, and practices that provide clear benefits to the state’s fish, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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Florida's Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change

2008

This report presents a comprehensive policy framework to assist Florida state government first in assessing the likely impacts of climate change on its coastal regions and communities and then developing and adopting policies and programs that will enable the state, its communities, and its residents to adapt to and adaptively manage those impacts over the near and long term. This project is a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs at Florida Atlantic University and the project’s sponsor, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP).

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Are We Ready? Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change

2008

In order to better understand the current state of preparedness for the health effects of climate change, the Environmental Defense Fund collaborated with the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) and George Mason University to conduct a survey of local health departments from around the country. The survey asked respondents to discuss their perception of climate-related health risks and the status and adequacy of their departments' activities in response to these risks.

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Balbus, Kristie L. Ebi, Lauren Finzer, Catherine Malina, Amy Chadwick, Dennis McBride, Michelle Chuk, Ed Maibach

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Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts Program

2008

StormSmart Coasts is a program for coastal management decision makers and communities, providing the latest and best information on coastal weather and climate hazards. The successful launch of the Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts initiative in 2008 led to the development of a national network in 2009. The network is a partnership of coastal decision makers supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and others which represent the StormSmart Coasts Network.

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