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An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment

June 2009

This report presents a suite of federal, state and local policy actions to enhance the resilience of human and natural systems to the effects of climate change and variability for marine and coastal environments. Strategies discussed include: investments in habitat restoration, permitting decisions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the purchase of coastal lands, controls for reducing non-point and point source pollution upstream of intertidal estuaries, the inspection and prevention of invasive species, marine protected areas (MPAs), incentive‐based fishery management policies, and in general a better definition of rights to marine and coastal resources that creates stewardship incentives.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Kling, James N. Sanchirico

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Adapting to Climate Change: Public Health

June 2009

This issue brief shares results from a climate adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future (RFF). The report describes the projected health consequences of climate change impacts, and offers strategies to mitigate some of these adverse effects on public health. 

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan M. Samet

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Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources

June 2009

The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council prepared this report in 2009 to provide a foundation for future discussions of the effects of global climate change on Florida's ocean and coastal resources, and to inform Floridians about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change. The report provides a high-level overview of the impacts to infrastructure, human health and the economy, as well as key drivers such as increasing air temperatures, warming ocean temperatures, and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Florida Oceans and Coastal Council

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The Socio-Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in the Galveston Bay Region

June 2009

This report seeks to illustrate the impact that climate change can have on communities in the Galveston Bay region. It focuses on two scenarios of sea-level rise,. 69 meters and 1. 5 meters, and the associated socio-economic impact on the Galveston Bay area for the next 100 years. For each of the model scenarios estimates are given for the impact on displaced populations; the number of buildings impacted and building-related economic losses; industrial, hazardous, superfund, solid waste sites; and water treatment plants.

Related Organizations: Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Environmental Defense Fund

Authors or Affiliated Users: David W. Yoskowitz, James Gibeaut, Ali McKenzie

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Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners

May 2009

'Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners' provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. The focus of this guidebook is global, and resources and climate data are not specific to the U.S., however, the methodology is applicable.

Related Organizations: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Resources Group (IRG), University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

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Executive Order 13508 - Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration

May 12, 2009

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13508, recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calling on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Minnesota)

May 7, 2009

Using climate projections from 16 models, this research assesses climate impacts on the biodiversity in a "mid-continental area of North America" (focused on Minnesota). The likely impacts are described, and adaptation options for eight landscape regions within the planning area are proposed, based on a resistance, resilience, and facilitation framework. The research addresses how to adjust Minnesota's conservation practices so the protected areas network continues to support the state's biodiversity facing climate change.

Related Organizations: University of Minnesota

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan Galatowitsch, Lee Frelich, Laura Phillips-Mao

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Greenworks Philadelphia Plan - Transportation Recommendations

2009

Greenworks Philadelphia is a comprehensive six-year plan (“Plan”) that sets goals for “greening” the City of Philadelphia – increasing the city’s energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the environmental quality of the city, and adapting to the dangers posed by climate change. This case study focuses only on the transportation-related recommendations included in the Plan – increasing the percentage of city assets in a “state of good repair” and using green infrastructure strategies to improve stormwater management and reduce flood impacts to transportation infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Philadelphia Water Department, Columbia University

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Enabling Adaptation: Priorities for Supporting the Rural Poor in a Changing Climate

May 2009

This issue brief from the World Resources Institute is "formulated in response to an increasingly urgent need for articulating and agreeing upon a vision of effective adaptation - in part to inform the architecture for financing climate adaptation. " The paper argues that the poor, and in particular the resource-dependent rural poor, must be a central concern in any effective adaptation funding effort, and that one of the major pillars of an effective adaptation strategy is support for an enabling environment that allows them to build their resilience through natural resource management.

Related Organizations: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Manish Bapna, Heather McGray, Gregory Mock, Lauren Withey

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The Future is Now: an Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California

May 2009

The purpose of this report is to highlight climatic changes that have already occurred and impacts that are happening in Califormia now, affecting public health, natural systems, and the economy. Chapter 3 provides evidence attributing past and current observations of climate change to direct human causes, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Chapter 4 examines California’s climate under different emissions scenarios, including a scenario of drastically reduced emissions, and summarizes the most current scientific understanding of the influence of future climate change on California’s economy and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission, California Climate Change Center (CCCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Guido Franco, Sarah Pittiglio, Wendy Chou, Dan Cayan

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