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National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

April 1, 2007

This strategic assessment report articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1) What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States. 2) What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America's national security interests.

Related Organizations: Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

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King County, Washington Climate Plan 2007

February 2007

This 2007 report provides an overview of King County’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. Major accomplishments in 2007 include the development of a vulnerable facilities inventory for divisions responsible for long-term asset management, the adoption of the King County Flood Control Zone District, and discussions of how to prepare for intense storm events and identify flood system co-benefits for public health and environmental quality.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife

February 6, 2007

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Pervaze A. Sheikh; M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, Peter Folger

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program

In coordination with The Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU), the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program (LRAP) is designed to collect, develop, house, and disseminate current planning efforts, resources, and local best practices to promote, assist, and build networks around resiliency planning in Louisiana.

Related Organizations: LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

February 2007

This brief from the National Research Council of the National Academies summarizes an assessment of existing sources of scientific information - including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections - and how they relate to Colorado River Basin water supplies and demands, water management, and drought. 

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

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Potential Climate Change Impacts on Marine Resources of the Northeastern United States

2007

This report synthesizes an assessment of potential changes in marine ecosystems off the northeastern United States in response to projected climate and emission scenarios, with a focus on temperature effects on living marine resources. It reviews likely impacts on the northeast continental shelf, and highlights potential effects on the distribution and abundance of the American lobster and Atlantic cod to illustrate the range of possible impacts throughout the region.

Related Organizations: Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Fogarty, Lewis Incze, Richard Wahle, David Mountain, Allan Robinson, Andrew Pershing, Katherine Hayhoe, Anne Richards, James Manning

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Climate Change and the Future of Biodiversity in Washington

2007

This report, prepared for the State of Washington Biodiversity Council in 2007, provides an overview of recent and projected future climate impacts on the physical and biological systems of Washington. It also summarizes the state of knowledge about potential methods for addressing climate change in future planning efforts.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, State of Washington

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joshua J. Lawler, Molly Mathias

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Potential for Shoreline Changes Due to Sea-Level Rise Along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region

2007

In 2007, thirteen scientists convened for a two-day meeting to exchange  information and develop a consensus opinion on potential future coastal changes for the mid-Atlantic coast in response to sea-level rise. This 2007 report is the result of this workshop, providing an overview of how sea level rise could impact mid-Atlantic coast landforms, from New York to Virginia. Four different scenarios for sea level rise were considered and applied to specific areas of the Atlantic coast: a) the long-term sea-level rise rate observed over the 20th century would persist over the 21st century; b) the 20th century rate would increase by 2 mm/yr; c) the 20th century rate would increase by 7 mm/yr; and d) sea-level would rise by 2 m over the next few hundred years.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Benjamin T. Gutierrez, S. Jeffries Williams, E. Robert Thieler

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Observations: Oceanic Climate Change and Sea Level (Chapter 5 of IPCC Working Group I Report: The Physical Science Basis)

2007

This chapter of the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC 4th Assessment Report provides detailed scientific analysis of observed changes in global ocean temperature and salinity, sea level, thermal expansion, water mass evolution and biogeochemical parameters.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: S. Solomon, D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor, H.L. Miller

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The Garden State in the Greenhouse - Climate Change Mitigation and Coastal Adaptation Strategies for New Jersey

January 2007

This report was prepared for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) by the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (STEP) Graduate Student Workshop at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Related Organizations: Princeton University

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