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Shifting Course: Climate Adaptation for Water Management Institutions

November 2011

This publication identifies a set of  common principles for climate-adaptive institutions, specifically for water management.   It was originally inspired by a session organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature and Conservation International at the 2010 Stockholm World Water Week. This report is a provides operational guidance on how to make water management institutions more climate-adaptive.   Although the climate debate is often centered on temperature, water is what will determine whether a community (a village, city, or region) or ecosystem can survive - according to the report.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan Cook, Sarah Freeman, Eliot Levine, Margot Hill

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Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Northeast: Considerations for the Implementation of Tidal Wetland Habitat Restoration Projects

November 2011

This report is based on the results of a workshop held by the Northeast Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. This document provides a review of sea level rise (SLR) impacts on tidal wetlands in the Northeast as well as step-by-step guidance on the incorporation of relative sea level rise into tidal wetland restoration design. The report outlines a five part process to guide impact analyses and planning during their feasibility, design and monitoring phases.

Author or Affiliated User: Helen McMillan

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Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

November 2011

Developed cooperatively by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Legacy Fund, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, this handbook provides a framework for integrating the impacts of climate change into water resources management. Key decisions, resources, tools, and planning options are presented to guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate. The handbook uses CA DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning framework as a model into which analysis of climate change impacts and planning for adaptation and mitigation can be integrated at a regional scale.

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Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities

August 2011

In this report the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has compiled local and regional research findings about the water-related impacts of climate change in 12 U. S. cities. NRDC examined more than 75 scientific studies, as well as data and reports generated by government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The report makes clear that some of the most profound effects of climate change are water-related, such as sea-level rise, increased rain and storms, flooding, and drought, and that these kinds of events are likely to increase in the coming years as a result of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Dorfman, Michelle Mehta, Ben Chou, Steve Fleischli, Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot

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Natural Resource Defense Council: Rooftops to Rivers II

2011

From the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Rooftops to Rivers II describes the challenges of managing stormwater, and the benefits and economics of employing green infrastructure to do so. The report explains how population growth, changing landscapes, aging infrastructure, and climate change are placing increasing pressures on stormwater management. Highly detailed case studies are developed for 14 cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges.

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EPA Smart Growth: Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

2011

EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities seeks to provide targeted technical assistance to communities to protect the environment, promote equitable development and help address the challenges of climate change using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This technical assistance is designed to help selected local and/or tribal governments to implement development approaches that improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

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Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C)

2011

Conducted from 2011-2014, the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) was an Integrated Assessment project supported by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, the Kresge Foundation, and in collaboration with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA). The GLAA-C program was designed to work with cities throughout the Great Lakes region to better understand municipal level climate change impacts. The project also helped develop and implement a variety of adaptation measures throughout the region.

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Conveying the Human Implications of Climate Change: A Climate Change Communication Primer for Public Health Professionals

2011

This primer was developed to help public health professionals communicate the health implications of climate change to the public, for policy makers, and for other professionals whose work is - or will be - affected by climate change. The report addresses how to "get the message right" on the climate change implications for public health, and how to get the message out. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Edward Maibach, Matthew Nisbet, Melinda Weathers

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework

December 2010

Oregon's Climate Change Adaptation Framework is the result of a collaborative effort between Oregon's state agencies with support from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This report provides a framework for the continued development of strategies and plans to address future climate conditions in the state. Priority climate risks and their respective impacts on key sectors are outlined, followed by over 100 adaptation strategies for near- and long-term planning and implementation.   This framework identifies 11 key risks that are likely to occur.

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California King Tides Initiative

The California King Tides Initiative encourages members of the public to document (photograph) the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) that occur along the state’s coast. Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what might be experienced regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. King tide events are an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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