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Climate Change and Forests of the Future: Managing in the Face of Uncertainty

2007

This article offers a conceptual framework for managing forested ecosystems given the uncertainty of the impacts of climate change. The article addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The adaptation strategies presented include resistance options (forestall impacts and protect highly valued resources), resilience options (improve the capacity of ecosystems to return to desired conditions after disturbance), and response options (facilitate transition of ecosystems from current to new conditions).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson, Scott L. Stephens

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Climate Wizard

ClimateWizard currently provides a range of climate history for a landscape, brought together in a user-friendly format. It provides technical and non-technical audiences alike with a visual mapping tool to access historical and projected changes in annual temperatures and precipitation levels from any geographic location worldwide. Using the custom mapping tool, users can choose a state or country and view data depicting the changing climate over time, including downloadable historic temperature and rainfall maps and projections of future changes in these data in a given area.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Zganjar, Evan Girvetz, George Raber

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Social Science Tools for Coastal Programs - Introduction to Stakeholder Participation

2007

This guide, published by the NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC), introduces coastal managers to concepts of stakeholder analysis and engagement. The document explains how different stakeholder groups and their interests should be identified during the coastal planning process. Additionally, NOAA CSC provides the reader with guidance for when and how during the coastal planning process stakeholders should be engaged. Additionally, the document provides guidance on identifying coastal management stakeholders, describes some of the most commonly used techniques for stakeholder participation, and discusses evaluation of stakeholder participation.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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City of New Orleans, Louisiana: Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA)

January 2007

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) was founded in 2007 to connect housing developers and organizations and community development corporations to rebuild and increase affordable housing stock within the city. GNOHA members meet monthly to exchange information and data, discuss opportunities and problem solve, and work together to connect applicable organizations, stakeholders, and policymakers to better achieve the vision of growing the affordable housing stock available to New Orleanians.

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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change

November 2006

This paper is intended to “provide a broad conceptual framework for the possible role and objectives of standards and guidelines for the planning, design and construction of the transportation infrastructure under the assumption that climate change is occurring and will impact U.S. transportation.”

Author or Affiliated User: Michael D. Meyer

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change

October 2006

This report provides a “how to” guide and six detailed case studies to assist companies in developing a strategy to mitigate climate change related risk. The report also offers perspective on corporate views on greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, government assistance for technology advancement, and other business related policy issues. Findings are the result of research and best practices from 31 corporations surveyed by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions or C2ES).

Author or Affiliated User: Andrew Hoffman

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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District of Columbia's RiverSmart Program

2006

Washington D. C. ’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers a variety of "RiverSmart" programs to fund projects that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution. The programs provide financial incentives, in the form of grants and rebates, to fund green infrastructure projects that reduce and treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Although the RiverSmart program was developed to help the District address water pollution from stormwater runoff, it also supports climate resilience by diverting rainwater from the city’s stormwater system to manage increasingly heavy rainfall events.

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Sea Level Rise in the Tampa Bay Region

August 14, 2006

The Tampa Bay region on the west coast of Florida has nearly 700 miles of shoreline susceptible to climate accelerated sea level rise. This draft report provides an overview of the sea level rise projections as understood in 2006, and describes federal, state and local level policies that relate to sea level rise planning. Maps were developed for each of the region’s four counties to demonstrate potential sea level rise projections, along with wetland mapping and “protection scenarios” delineating the likelihood of structural defensive measures (hard or soft) for the remaining coastline.

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Long Beach, Mississippi Concept Plan – Oak Park

August 2006

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and significant property destruction, the city of Long Beach, MS developed a proposed comprehensive plan for the city that included a concept for a new public green space called Oak Park to buffer the downtown area from storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.   The plan placed the park between a new roadway to the north and the coastline and Highway 90, which would be redesigned, to the south.  The plan was designed to both revitalize the town aesthetically and provide natural protection for residents from storm events.

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