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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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A Sustainable Path: Meeting Future Water and Energy Demands in the Arkansas River Basin - Executive Summary

2009

This Executive Summary outlines strategies for municipalities and the energy sector within the Arkansas River Basin to meet growing water use demands while conserving the Basin’s natural resources. The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River which traverses Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The river's initial basin starts in Colorado, specifically the Arkansas River Valley, where the headwaters derive from the snowpack in the Collegiate Peaks.

Related Organizations: Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Oregon Global Warming Commission 2009 Report to the Legislature

January 2009

This progress report, while mainly directed at mitigation recommendations for which action by the state legislature is needed, summarizes other recommendations not requiring legislation to proceed, such as: internalizing climate change adaptation into agency work programs; coordinating, prioritizing, and funding research; updating the Oregon Conservation Strategy; developing an integrated water management plan; and funding efforts to reduce risks of uncharacteristic forest fires (Resolution Number 2008-5-007).

Related Organizations: Oregon Global Warming Commission

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPP)

2009

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Executive Order (E. O. 13514) requiring each federal agency to develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).   Each plan includes a discussion of the climate change risks and vulnerabilities on the agency's operations and mission. The E. O. also requires agencies to actively participate in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and “develop approaches through which the policies and practices of the agencies can be made compatible with and reinforce that strategy.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2009 Progress Report

2009

This report details progress made in the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program from its inception, in 2008, through 2009. CRE, in partnership with the National Estuaries Program (NEP), is helping estuaries assess their vulnerability to climate change impacts, engage stakeholders and develop monitoring and adaptation plans. Together with the 2010 CRE Progress Report, these reports provide a summary on the design and accomplishments of CRE to date, as well as next steps.

Related Organizations: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), San Francisco Estuary Partnership, U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Elevated Ventilation Grates for New York City’s Subway System

2009

New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) installed raised ventilation grates at 25 different locations throughout the city in order to reduce flooding of their subway system. Similar strategies could be used for underground highway assets, such as tunnels, where ventilation systems are at risk of flooding.

Related Organizations: New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate change exposures, chronic diseases and mental health in urban populations: a threat to health security, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged

2009

This report summarizes climate change trends, both globally and in selected urban areas. It analyzes the ways in which changes in climate variables such as air temperature, precipitation, and sea-level rise can impact or exacerbate chronic diseases and mental health issues in populations via pathways such as increases in heat exposure, extreme weather events and air pollution levels.   Chapter 7 is devoted to heat exposure, highlighting temperature trends from 1980 to 2007 in 11 global cities, including Atlanta, and relating the exposures in both low and high-income countries to work productivity to show the causal link to climate change.

Related Organizations: World Health Organization (WHO)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Management and Irrigated Agriculture in the Yakima River Basin, Washington, USA

2009

Utilizing a multi-model ensemble approach of downscaled climate model projections, hydrologic modeling, and water management models, this report presents results for changes in reservoir levels and snow pack in the Yakima River basin and resulting impacts to irrigated agriculture in the basin. The paper presents the analysis of  hydrological conditions and how climate change is projected to impact water supply for water users with junior water rights and - in the extreme years - users with senior water rights throughout the basin.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie A. Vano, Michael Scott, Nathalie Voisin, Claudio O. Stockle, Alan F. Hamlet, Kristian E. B. Mickelson, Marketa McGuire Elsner, Dennis P. Lettenmaier

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Management in the Puget Sound Region, Washington, USA

2009

This report presents historical observations and reliability analyses for planning by water utilities in the Puget Sound basin cities of Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma. By comparing changes in streamflow and snowpack and forecasting hydrological changes, this paper reviews the potential of the region's water supply systems to meet future demands. Each of the three water supply systems were analyzed, and water management models for each city are described. The models are then used to explore - without adaptations - the climate resiliency of the three systems over the next century, and the projected changes in water demand.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie A. Vano, Nathalie Voisin, Lan Cuo, Alan F. Hamlet, Marketa McGuire Elsner, Richard N. Palmer, Austin Polebitski, Dennis P. Lettenmaier

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King County, Washington Climate Report 2008

January 2009

This document is the second annual progress report on King County's 2007 Climate Plan, providing activities the County is undertaking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. The report's adaptation highlights include a training program for coastal managers and planners on how to prepare for climate change, the rebuilding of the regional levee system, the completion of the Reclaimed Water Feasibility Study, the initiation of a reclaimed water plan, the development of a Vulnerable Facilities Inventory for sea-level rise impacts to wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the completion of the 2008 King County Biodiversity Report.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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