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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

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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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The Impact of Climate Change on New Mexico's Water Supply and Ability to Manage Water Resources

July 2006

The intent of this report is to increase awareness of, and support for, the integration of climate change into existing water management planning efforts and operations. This report reviews the climate science and related impacts on New Mexico's water resources; provides adaptive management strategies for sustainable use of current water supplies; and offers information on integrating effects of climate change into water operations and management planning. .

Author or Affiliated User: John. R. D'Antonio

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East Hampton, New York Coastal Erosion Overlay District

July 2006

Adopted by the Town of East Hampton, New York in 2006, this ordinance (Town of East Hampton Code, Section 255-3-80) includes provisions, among others, to create a Coastal Erosion Overlay District to protect the town's coastline from the effects of coastal erosion measures (i. e. , projects designed to control or prevent coastal flooding and erosion and adjacent upland areas, including coastal ecosystems) in areas at risk of flooding and erosion. The town's natural resources include wetlands, watercourses, tidal waters, natural drainage areas, watersheds, and water recharge areas, as well as beaches, dunes, bluffs, and other coastal features.

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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.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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