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Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS)

2011

Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) is a facilitated, scenario-building process that enables users to construct and display causal pathways that link climate stressors, vulnerabilities, and consequences with appropriate local adaptation options. The Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) has developed this participatory mediated modeling process with the initial goal of examining the support VCAPS can offer climate change adaptation planning by local decision makers from coastal communities.

Related Organizations: Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI)

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Whitehead

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Are We Ready? Preparing for the Public Health Challenges of Climate Change

2008

In order to better understand the current state of preparedness for the health effects of climate change, the Environmental Defense Fund collaborated with the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) and George Mason University to conduct a survey of local health departments from around the country. The survey asked respondents to discuss their perception of climate-related health risks and the status and adequacy of their departments' activities in response to these risks.

Related Organizations: George Mason University, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Environmental Defense Fund

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Balbus, Kristie L. Ebi, Lauren Finzer, Catherine Malina, Amy Chadwick, Dennis McBride, Michelle Chuk, Ed Maibach

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Executive Order 59 (2007- VA) the Governor's Commission on Climate Change

December 21, 2007

This executive order established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change to prepare a Climate Change Action Plan for the state of Virginia. Duties of the Commission included evaluating the expected impacts of climate change on Virginia’s natural resources, public health, and the economic impacts on the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance.   The Commission also was tasked with identifying climate adaptation strategies to be included in the Action Plan. The order remained in effect until January 1, 2009, and the Commission did submit its final report to the Governor.

Related Organizations: Office of the Governor of Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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U.S. Strategic Interests in the Arctic: An Assessment of Current Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation

April 2010

The effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle have the potential to transform the region into a commercial hub, raising environmental concerns and other complex challenges having direct implications for U.S. national security.

Related Organizations: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather A. Conley, Jamie Kraut

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines, Appendix 2: Climate Change Projections

March 23, 2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in 2011 created Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines to rate agency infrastructure projects using a point system and checklist that incorporates design evaluation based on climate change projections for temperature, precipitation, and flood elevation. The Guidelines require application of these climate change projections and evaluation of impacts in order to receive points for the “Site Assessment” phase of project design, which generally involves assessing existing conditions and using the information to identify best management practices (BMPs) for the project.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Climate Explorer

July 27, 2016

Built to accompany the U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Climate Explorer offers graphs and maps of observed and projected temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables for every county in the contiguous United States. Additionally, the tool now offers hindcasts and projections for Alaskan boroughs. The Climate Explorer is designed to help local planners, residents, communities, businesses and others visualize the changing risks in their own communities in the coming decades by providing downscaled climate data and providing easy access to observed and projected temperature and precipitation data dating back to 1950 and out to 2100.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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BIA Tribal Resilience Program

July 16, 2014

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) launched the Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program in 2014 to help tribes prepare for climate change.Direct funding supports federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native communities in climate resilience planning through competitive awards for climate training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and ocean and coastal management planning. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Extreme Weather, Climate, and Preparedness in the American Mind

March 2012

This research was conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The report presents the results of a national survey, which quantified the participants' observations and experiences of weather, perspectives on global warming's relatedness to extreme weather events, the level of preparedness for such events, and whether or not the individual used local weather forecasts. The nationally representative survey was conducted in March 2012, with a total of 1,008 Adults (over 18 years old) interviewed.

Related Organizations: George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - 4C

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Jay D. Hmielowski

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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An Emerging Triad: Air Pollution, Beetles, and Wildfire

Winter 2010

This 'Science Perspectives' report, from the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, discusses biochemical changes in trees stressed by drought and air pollution. Such changes may attract bark beetles, overwhelming the trees' defense mechanisms and increasing their vulnerability to disease, death and the promotion of wildfires. These forest impacts are exacerbated by climate change.  

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel McGlynn, Nancy Grulke

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The White House Blog: State-by-State Reports on Climate Impacts

June 26, 2013

As of 2013, the White House website provided detailed updates on President Obama's climate change action plan. Along with an informal review of the plan, links are provided for state-by-state reports, in which each state is represented by a briefing on current and anticipated climate impacts (as of 2011-2013). Each state report details the impacts of extreme weather and pollution, the anticipated climate impacts of the related region, and examples of reducing carbon pollution and increasing climate resilience within each state.

Related Organizations: The White House

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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