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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.

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.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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. 

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis (Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

2007

The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report describes progress in understanding the human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and attribution, and estimates of projected future climate change. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new findings from the past six years of research.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Florida “Sacrificial” Roads Projects

2007

Recognizing the increasing maintenance and replacement costs for coastal roads in Florida due to more frequent flooding and storm surge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL), assisted the National Park Service and other partners designing specific roads that are prone to be frequently washed out to have minimal environmental impact. Rising sea levels and coastal storms, which are projected to increase in intensity as a result of climate change, are creating more challenges for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure along coastal shorelines.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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.

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.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

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.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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