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California Climate Change Portal

The California Climate Change Portal is a virtual research and information website for climate change mitigation and adaptation resources and information pertinent to the state of California. Information from the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Program Office, the PIER Program's climate change research unit, and other state agencies is combined and represented through the portal,  including the impacts of climate change on California and the state's policies relating to global warming.

Author or Affiliated User: Michael McCormick

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WEPPCAT: Water Erosion Prediction Project Climate Assessment Tool

WEPPCAT is a web-based erosion simulation tool that allows for the assessment of changes in erosion rates as a consequence of user-defined climate change scenarios. This tool is based on the USDA-ARS Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model. WEPP has a number of customized interfaces developed for common applications such as roads, managed forests, forests following wildfire, and rangelands.

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Creating Resilient Water Utilities Initiative (CRWU)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (formally Climate Resilient Water Utilities - CRWU) initiative to assist water and wastewater utilities in preparing for climate change. CRWU offers a suite of tools and resources to promote the understanding of climate science, associated risks to the water sector, and pertinent adaptation options for utilities and communities to implement. EPA designed the CRWU resources to translate complex climate projections into usable formats - to assist in building a more resilient water sector.

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

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Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) - Regional Models

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Climate Working Group created and maintains regional, down-scaled global climate models to demonstrate how Wisconsin's climate has been changing and project how it might change in the years to come. A number of methods have been developed to derive detailed regional and local climate data in order to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change by incorporating landscape features, water bodies, or other characteristics that may influence regional or local climate into global models.

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NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program

NOAA's Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) funding program provides leadership and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities that bring interdisciplinary science to bear on climate-sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions.

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Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

This website from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a synthesis of climate science in the Pacific Region, including separate pages for the Pacific Northwest and for the Pacific Islands.

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Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)

JAWRA is a publication on multidisciplinary water resources issues. JAWRA papers present ideas derived from multiple disciplines woven together to give insight into a critical water issue, or are based primarily upon a single discipline with important applications to other disciplines. Papers often cover the topics of recent AWRA conferences such as riparian ecology, geographic information systems, adaptive management, and water policy.  .

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Learn More About Climate - Climate Change and Colorado's Future

An initiative of CU-Boulder's Office for University Outreach in the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, LearnMoreAboutClimate.colorado.edu seeks to 1) extend the University's vast scientific expertise to raise awareness about climate change; 2) inspire an informed dialogue about climate change among Coloradans; and 3) encourage Coloradans to make lifestyle changes that contribute to the health of our state and planet.

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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

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