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A Survey of Climate Change Adaptation Planning

October 27, 2007

Published by the Heinz Center, this report highlights available adaptation planning guidebooks and frameworks, as well as adaptation planning efforts underway at the time of the publication, primarily focused on Western developed countries.   This introductory survey report is designed to provide a “road map” to some of this information. It makes no claim to be comprehensive or to represent best practices on adaptation. Rather, the goal in producing this survey is to help generate discussion and the sharing of ideas, efforts and lessons learned across the adaptation community.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction

October 2007

This report presents a review of economic studies for the U. S. , as related to some predicted impacts of climate change. The "costs of inaction" are evaluated - how a failure to reduce greenhouse gases can make response and adaptation to climate impacts even more expensive. The analysis is not focused on the costs of controlling emissions, rather it considers resultant expenses, such as rebuilding communities and other ripple economic effects on many sectors, in order to develop a more comprehensive estimate of financial impact.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthias Ruth, Dana Coelho, Daria Karetnikov

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Healing Troubled Waters: Preparing Trout and Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate

October 2007

Trout Unlimited's report, Healing Troubled Waters, explains how climate change will impact trout and salmon populations and the waters in which they live. Based on research by Trout Unlimited scientists, the report provides recommendations for what can be done to help fish and rivers withstand these changes.

Related Organizations: Trout Unlimited

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack E. Williams, Amy L. Haak, Nathaniel G. Gillespie, Helen M. Neville, Warren T. Colyer

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Impacts of Global Warming on New Mexico's Water Resources - An Assessment of the Rio Grande Basin

October 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at two New Mexico universities to evaluate the potential impacts of future warming on water resources in the Rio Grande basin.

Related Organizations: New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico

Authors or Affiliated Users: Brian H. Hurd, Julie Coonrod

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Alaska Administrative Order 238: Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (2007)

September 14, 2007

Signed by Governor Palin on September 14, 2007, this order established the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet to advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska Climate Change Strategy.

Related Organizations: Alaska Office of the Governor

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments

September 2007

This guidebook was developed by the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and King County, Washington, in association with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. The purpose of the guide is to help decision-makers in a local, regional, or state government prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.

Related Organizations: Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES), King County, Washington, University of Washington, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Chesapeake Bay and Global Warming: A Paradise Lost for Hunters, Anglers, and Outdoor Enthusiasts?

September 2007

The National Wildlife Federation maintains a Chesapeake Bay and Global Warming webpage on which this report and other resources are available (scroll down to find the heading and link). This report focuses on the threat that global warming poses for fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Douglass B. Inkley, Patty Glick

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change - Final Report of the CSO Climate Change Work Group

September 2007

The Coastal States Organization’s (CSO) Climate Change Work Group prepared this report to explore the current and future roles of state coastal zone management programs in addressing climate change.

Related Organizations: Coastal States Organization (CSO)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Forestry

August 16, 2007

Changing temperature and precipitation patterns and increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are likely to drive significant changes in natural and modified forests. This article provides a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on forests worldwide giving significant attention to forests in the U. S. This review is focused on publications that discuss the changes in commercial forestry, excluding the ecosystem functions of forests and non-timber forest products. The report concentrates on potential direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the forest industry, including economic impacts, the projections of future trends in commercial forestry, the possible role of biofuels, and changes in supply and demand.

Related Organizations: National Academy of Sciences, Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrei P. Kirilenko, Roger A. Sedjo

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The Resilient Coast: Policy Frameworks for Adapting the Built Environment to Climate Change and Growth in Coastal Areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

August 2007

This report assesses policies and governance structures to mitigate hazards on the U. S. Gulf Coast, and makes recommendations for coastal communities to adapt to the impacts they will face due to climate change. Existing federal and state frameworks for coastal land use and hazard mitigation planning in the Gulf are explored. The strengths and weaknesses of federal laws (including the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act and the National Flood Insurance Program), as well as state and local planning authorities in the Gulf states, are presented.

Related Organizations: Texas Sea Grant, National Sea Grant Law Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: John S. Jacob, Stephanie Showalter

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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