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Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

2008

The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Adaptation Initiative in Australia has focused on planning for the impacts of climate change by developing local councils’ capacities to apply a risk management process. The objective of the CCP Adaptation Initiative in its first year was to examine internal processes that these councils rely upon to make decisions related to complex data used in climate change projections and scenarios. The result of the first year’s work by the initiative is this toolkit.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Canadian Communities' Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change

2008

This Guidebook provides a process to help decision makers incorporate climate change science, impacts, and adaptation and mitigation solutions into their sustainable development initiatives. The report is intended to aid in the interpretation of the potential consequences of climate change impacts in a local context, and demonstrate how to develop adaptation actions and responses to address these anticipated consequences.

Related Organizations: University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shani Harmon, Livia Bizikova, Tina Neale, Ian Burton

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NWF Climate-Smart Communities Program

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Climate-Smart Communities program helps cities and towns use nature-based approaches to prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change in ways that support people, wildlife, and habitat. The program aims to prepare communities for climate impacts; refrain from responses that are maladaptive for wildlife; and prepare for extreme weather such as heat waves, drought, wildfires, water shortages, flooding, sea level rise, and more. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Preparing for a Sea Change in Florida: A Strategy to Cope with the Impacts of Global Warming on the State's Coastal and Marine Systems

2008

This report by the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition details how climate change could impact the state's coastal areas, and broadly outlines possible adaptation solutions. It is intended to provide guidelines for concrete, science-based action on the critical issues Florida faces in light of climate change and to stimulate informed debate for the preservation of Florida's natural resources.

Related Organizations: Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition

Author or Affiliated User: Patty Glick

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USGS Groundwater Resources Program

2008

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) GroundWater Resources Program (GWRP) supports applied research into the effects of climate variability on groundwater availability. The purpose of GWRP is to conduct and synthesize groundwater investigations on regional and national scales. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Oregon Global Warming Commission, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, Washington State Department of Ecology, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation, Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: University of Wyoming, University of Washington

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU, Florida Hurricane Alliance

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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