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Adapting California's Water Management to Climate Change

November 2008

This report outlines concerns for climate change impacts as they will effect California with possible sea level rise, shifting mountain runoff from Spring to Winter, changes in precipitation and runoff volume, drought, high stream and reservoir temperatures, increased water demands, and increased flood flows and frequencies. Options and costs for adaptations to climate change are outlined for water supply, flood management, hydro-power, and water quality. Institutional capacities and constraints to adaptation in water supply management, flood management, and water quality management are described and addressed with methods to improve adaptation capacities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund

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Air Quality Planning and California's Changing Climate

November 2008

California is home to some of the worst air quality in the country, and climate change will likely make it more difficult to meet health-based air quality standards. This report recommends that air quality planning agencies take steps to understand how climate change could affect air quality improvement efforts, and attainment of the federal 8-hour ozone standard.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robina Shaheen, Louise Bedsworth

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Climate Change and Extreme Heat Events

November 2008

This article, from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reviews major epidemiological risk factors associated with mortality from extreme heat exposure and discusses future drivers of heat-related mortality, including a warming climate, the urban heat island effect, and an aging population. The report discusses aspects of an effective public health response, including steps for creating heat response plans, strategies to combat urban heat island effect, the use of remote sensing and GIS methodologies to locate vulnerable areas, and the importance of effective communications strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: George Luber, Michael McGeehin

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change

December 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 SAPs produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U. S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This report considers progress in understanding four abrupt changes in the paleoclimatic record whose impacts are so rapid and large that they would pose clear risks to society if they were to recur: 1) rapid change in glaciers, ice sheets, and hence sea level; 2) widespread and sustained changes to the hydrologic cycle; 3) abrupt change in the northward flow of warm, salty water in the upper layers of the Atlantic Ocean associated with the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and southward flow of cold water in the deep Atlantic; and 4) rapid release to the atmosphere of methane trapped in permafrost and on continental margins.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter U. Clark, Andrew J. Weaver, Edward Brook, Edward R. Cook, Thomas L. Delworth, Konrad Steffen

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Global Change Biology, Journal

Global Change Biology (GCB) publishes research related to the interface between all aspects of current environmental change and biological systems, including rising tropospheric GHG concentrations, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and eutrophication.   Studies may be experimental, observational or theoretical, and may concern aquatic or terrestrial and managed or natural environments.   GCB concentrates on primary research articles, but operates a flexible policy regarding other submissions, which include Technical Papers, Mini-Reviews and Opinion Articles.

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Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse (TCCC)

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse (TCCC) aims to serve as a one-stop source of information on transportation and climate change issues. It is intended for use by the transportation community, including all levels of government, private industry,  and non-profits, and provides a forum to share information, learn about new research, and understand practices and approaches that are being used to address the linkages between transportation and climate change.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Administered by FEMA, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP, CFDA Number: 97.039) provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. HMGP funding is only available to applicants that reside within a Presidentially declared disaster area.  The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. 

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Climate Change in the Pacific Islands

This website from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a synthesis of climate science in the Pacific Region, including separate pages for the Pacific Northwest and for the Pacific Islands.

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Sustainable Cities Institute

The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) provides cities and sustainability professionals with timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance their goals and strengthen their communities. The SCI website provides robust collections of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools to provide elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders with a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics including: Transit-oriented Development, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, Energy Conservation and Efficiency, and Community Engagement.

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Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tennessee

September 2008

From the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland, this report investigates the economic impacts of climate change in Tennessee. The key economic sectors most likely to be affected by climate change are addressed, along with the main impacts to be expected for these sectors. The assessment provides examples of the direct economic impacts and of the additional related, or ripple, economic effects on the state. The report also identifies specific data gaps and research needs for further understanding of the continual economic impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daria Karetinkov, Janine Fisler, Sean Williamson, Brendan Bell, Matthias Ruth, Kim Ross, Daraius Irani

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