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Preparing the Pacific Northwest for Climate Change

February 2008

This report presents an integrated framework for preparing natural, built, human and economic systems for climate change in the Pacific Northwest. This framework is intended to assist climate preparation efforts by public agencies, non-profits, and private companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. The report contains an integrated approach to climate change adaptation planning between each sector to enhance the benefits of climate adaptation across sectors. Sectors include: natural systems (biodiversity and ecosystems), built systems (transportation, water and energy infrastructure), human systems (public health, emergency management, and social services), and economic systems (forestry, agriculture, high-tech).

Related Organizations: Climate Leadership Initiative

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The Capacity and Likelihood of Climate Change Adaptation in the World's Fisheries

February 13, 2008

Contributing scientists have calculated the likely impact of climate change on the distribution of more than 1,000 species of fish around the world. This research was carried out by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Princeton University.

Related Organizations: Princeton University, University of East Anglia, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Cheung, Vicky Lam, Jorge Sarmiento, Kelly Kearney, Reg Watson, Daniel Pauly

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Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation: Freight Flow in Gulf Coast

2008

From the Transportation Research Board (TRB) report Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U. S. Transportation, this case study describes the transportation sector’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It focuses on the storms’ impact to national-level freight movement, highlighting efforts to reroute traffic in order to avoid long-lasting disruptions. Despite damage to Gulf Coast transportation systems from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the region experienced only modest disruptions to freight flow because transportation system redundancies allowed traffic to be rerouted away from impacted areas.

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

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Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program - Boulder, Colorado Municipal Code Chapter 7.5, Ordinance 7565

February 1, 2008

Boulder, Colorado’s municipal building code integrated Ordinance 7565 (Green Building and Green Points Program), which was adopted by Boulder City Council on Nov. 13, 2007 and went into effect on Feb. 1, 2008. The Boulder Green Points Building Program was the nation’s first mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. 

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Impacts of Climate Change for the State of Indiana

February 2008

This report summarizes the likely and potential impacts of climate change for the state of Indiana. Impacts are described for Indiana's water resources, agriculture, plants and animals, soils, human health, as well as on the demands on heating and cooling.

Related Organizations: Purdue University, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC)

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.5: Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States

February 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP summarizes currently knowledge about direct and indirect effects of climate change on energy consumption, production, and supply in the U.S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas J. Wilbanks, Vatsal Bhatt, Daniel E. Bilello, Stanley R. Bull, James Ekmann, William C. Horak, Y. Joe Huang, Mark D. Levine, Michael J. Sale, David K. Schmalzer, Michael J. Scott

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A Screening Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions

February 2008

This report presents the potential implications of climate change on combined sewer overflow (CSO) mitigation in the Great Lakes and New England Regions. It is not a detailed analysis of individual systems in these regions. The purpose of this assessment was 1) to determine whether the potential implications of climate change on CSOs in these regions warranted further consideration and study, and 2) to evaluate the need for decision support tools and information that would enable combined sewer system (CSS) managers to incorporate the consideration of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Furlow, Thomas Johnson, Britta G. Bierwagen, J. Randall Freed, Jeremy Sharfenberg, Sarah Shapiro

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Stationarity is Dead: Whither Water Management?

February 1, 2008

Published in the journal 'Science,' this article argues that the current concept of stationarity - the idea that natural systems fluctuate within an unchanging envelope of variability - is made obsolete in water management practices by anthropogenic climate change. The article recommends that the analytic strategies used for planning future investments be updated.

Authors or Affiliated Users: P. C. D. Milly, Julio Betancourt, Malin Falkenmark, Robert M. Hirsch, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, Ronald J. Stouffer

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Kaua'i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 863, Bill 2266, 2008)

January 25, 2008

The passage of the Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Bill in 2008 brought one of the most aggressive shoreline building setback laws in the country. The Kaua’i County setback is based on the average annual erosion rate and a planning period of 70 to 100 years, plus a buffer of 40 feet. The purpose of the ordinance was to properly site structures to protect life, property, and resources along Kaua’i’s shorelines from a wide variety of natural hazards, including high surf, hurricanes, flooding, and erosion.

Related Organizations: County Council of Kaua'i

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Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment: Compendium of Coastal Resources Tools and Methodologies

January 18, 2008

This compendium produced by the University of Wollongong and Coastal Zone Management Pty. Ltd. describes tools and methods which can be applied globally to support the development of coastal vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: University of Wollongong (UOW), Coastal Zone Management Pty Ltd (CZM)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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