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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.

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.

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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.

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The State of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Program - Red Book

January 15, 2008

Section 145 of the Coastal Resources Management Program, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, was adopted on January 15, 2008. This section presents the scientific findings of sea-level rise and implications to the state of Rhode Island.

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Climate Action Plan: Interim Report to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly

January 14, 2008

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's Interim Report includes timetables and benchmarks for reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preliminary recommendations for legislation and executive actions. It also includes general support for legislative or other actions on adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The Report contains a list of approximately 50 priority policy options the Commission has chosen for more detailed analysis.

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Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries program is a partnership between the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort, initiated in 2008, brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.

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Health Impact Assessment of Global Climate Change: Expanding on Comparative Risk Assessment Approaches for Policy Making

January 3, 2008

This article, published in the 'Annual Review of Public Health,' describes the need for health impact assessments (HIA) to systematically identify and quantify the many pathways through which climate change can affect health. The authors advocate HIAs as a tool for public health stakeholders and policy makers to evaluate the economic, political, quality of life, and ethical dimensions of the impacts of climate change on human health. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan Patz, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Holly Gibbs, Rosalie Woodruff

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Transportation Planning, Climate Change, and Decision making Under Uncertainty

2008

This report discusses ways that the uncertainty created by climate change and its impacts can be incorporated into long-range transportation planning. The paper examines how departments of transportation (DOTs) forecast travel demand for planning purposes, and it suggests several frameworks (i.e. scenario planning and adaptive management) that can be used to incorporate uncertain climate change impacts into these planning processes.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James A. Dewar, Martin Wachs

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Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species

2008

This report presents a conceptual framework and review of the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems. It explains the complex interactions between climate change and invasive species that will influence how aquatic ecosystems and their biota will respond to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank J. Rahel, Julian D. Olden

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