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Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems

January 1, 2003

This report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Ecological Society of America examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. While somewhat dated, it is still highly relevant, and is cited in numerous subsequent impact studies. An updated Executive Summary was also released in 2005, which considered the findings of over 24 additional studies in the region. State summaries are also available on an interactive and comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists website designed to represent the findings in this report.

Author or Affiliated User: George W. Kling et al

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City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing and Green Roof Improvement Fund

February 2002

Chicago, Illinois, has successfully used tax increment financing (TIF) to fund public infrastructure and development projects. The city has established more than 120 TIF districts, and has leveraged its public investment to attract over $6 billion in private capital investment in TIF districts over two decades of development. 

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Urban Planning Tools for Quality Growth, 2002 Supplement

2002

Originally released in 2000, Urban Planning Tools for Quality Growth ( “The Toolbox”) has been a resource for municipalities seeking to create quality neighborhoods and projects, and to balance growth with the preservation of sensitive lands and other precious resources. Envision Utah re-issued this guide with four additional chapters, including one on Urban Forestry. While this is an older publication (2002) it is still useful in understanding the benefits of urban forestry (including the mitigation of urban heat island effect and the absorption of CO2), steps for creating an urban forestry plan, and considerations for species selection and planting.

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CRUTEM3 Dataset

2006

Climate Research Unit Air Temperature and Combined Air Temperature/Marine Anomalies V3 (CRUTEM3) is a gridded dataset of global historical land surface temperature anomalies. Data are available for each month since January 1850, on a 5 degree grid. Various diagnostics are produced from the monthly gridded fields. These include images of monthly anomaly patterns, and global, regional and local time-series.

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Using Climate Forecasts for Drought Management

January 2006

This report synthesizes a 4-year study of the use of the climate forecasts for drought management in the state of Georgia. The study investigates the needs and potential benefits of seasonal forecast information for water management. It provides a method for translating NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) seasonal precipitation outlooks into a forecast precipitation index (FPI) that is tailored for water managers in the southeastern United States. This case study is also beneficial, as it represents the integration of climate forecasts into decision-making procedures for a public agency, and provides the economic valuation of that forecast information.

Author or Affiliated User: Anne C. Steinemann

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Sea Level Rise in the Treasure Coast Region (Florida)

December 5, 2005

This report was prepared by the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in southeast Florida to support the EPA's national effort encouraging local government long-term planning for and awareness of sea-level rise. Mapping tools were used to distinguish areas of the Treasure Coast region likely to be protected from erosion, inundation, and flooding, from those areas where natural shoreline retreat is likely to take place. Results presented in this report are intended to stimulate local government planners and citizens in the region to think about the problems associated with sea-level rise, diminish loss of life and property from coastal hazards, and to ensure the long-term survival of coastal wetlands.

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Vermont Wildlife Action Plan

November 22, 2005

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

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New York State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

September 2005

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan, in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known technically as “comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

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South Florida Sea Level Rise Project Final Report

September 2005

This report presents the results of a study conducted by the South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) to distinguish areas that are likely to experience erosion, inundation and flooding due to sea level rise in the region. The Study Area included the three counties in the SFRPC’s region: Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County, Florida.

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Community Climate System Model (CCSM)

The Community Climate System Model (CCSM) is a coupled climate model for simulating the climate system of the earth. Composed of four separate models simultaneously simulating the atmosphere of the earth, ocean, land surface and sea-ice, and one central coupler component, the CCSM allows researchers to conduct fundamental research into the past, present and future climate states of the earth.

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