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Climate Change & Aspen: An Assessment of Impacts and Potential Responses

July 2006

Adopted by the City of Aspen, Colorado in 2006, this report includes an assessment of possible climate change impacts to the city, provides an greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the city, sets emissions reductions goals, and facilitates coordination on climate action between city agencies and private entities. The assessment focuses on climate impacts on mountain snow, Aspen's ecology and ecosystem processes, socioeconomics of the ski industry, and the streamflow of the Roaring Fork River which provides municipal water supplies.

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USACE Kivalina, Alaska Relocation Master Plan

June 2006

The purpose of this report in 2006 was to provide residents and stakeholders with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding the best solution for the community of Kivalina facing the impacts of sea-level rise. This master plan from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides preliminary facility designs, costs, schedule, and a decision matrix for the community of Kivalina and its relocation stakeholders. The current state of the community is discussed in detail including the physical setting of the planning area, descriptions of 'living resources' such as endangered species and habitats, as well as the culture, history and demography of the community.

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Maine Sand Dune Rules

June 8, 2006

Maine’s coastal sand dunes are resources of state significance under Maine's Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) (38 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 480-A. ) To protect these coastal features, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established these rules to provide guidance to applicants seeking permits under the NRPA for certain activities in a coastal sand dune system. DEP evaluates proposed developments with consideration of the projected impacts of sea level rise, and may impose restrictions on the density and location of development.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

June 2006

This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

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Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

June 2006

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency produced the Excessive Heat Events Guidebook, with assistance from federal, state and local government and academic partners, to help community officials, emergency managers, meteorologists, and others plan for and respond to excessive heat events (EHE). It highlights best practices that have been employed to save lives during excessive heat events in different urban areas and provides a menu of options that officials can use to respond to these events in their communities.

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Spencer Creek Bridge Replacement and Highway 101 Realignment

May 9, 2006

While replacing the Spencer Creek Bridge, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) also realigned vulnerable sections of Highway 101 approaching the bridge, shifting the highway 50 feet inland in order to avoid expected sea cliff erosion impacts over the intended design life of the bridge and highway.

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Alaska HCR 30: Created the Alaska Climate Impact Commission (2006)

May 2006

In May 2006, the Alaska Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 30, creating an Alaska Climate Impact Commission. The Commission was charged with assessing the impacts and costs of climate change to Alaska and developing recommendations for preventative measures potentially implemented by Alaskan communities and governments. The eleven-member commission released its final report in March 2008. 

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King County (Washington) Executive Order on Land Use Strategies for Global Warming Preparedness

March 22, 2006

In March 2006, King County, Washington Executive Ron Sims issued Executive Orders on Global Warming Preparedness that directed King County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for anticipated climate change impacts. This order requires that King County Departments employ coordinated strategies of land use to mitigate and adapt to global warming.

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Climate Change Impact on Forest Resources in California

March 2006

This study, produced by the California Climate Change Center, evaluates the impact of climate change on California’s forest resources by developing a case study for a mixed conifer forest in the northern Sierra Nevada. The research utilized data-driven modeling tools to project the effect of a changing climate on forest growth, forest yield, and tree mortality. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: John J. Battles, Timothy Robards, Adrian Das, Kristen Waring, J. Keith Gilless, Frieder Schurr, John LeBlanc, Gregory Biging, Clara Simon

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Climate Change Impacts on Water for Agriculture in California: A Case Study in the Sacramento Valley

March 2006

This study presents an application of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system for California's Sacramento River Basin. The WEAP modeling system was used to evaluate the impact of four future climate scenarios on agricultural water management in the region, and to investigate whether water management adaptation could reduce potential impacts. This paper demonstrates how internalizing adaptation in a model that includes both the hydrologic and water management conditions associated with climate change can help assess potential tradeoffs in multi-objective water management systems.

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