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Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

September 2012

The Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, a project undertaken by the University of Washington and other collaborators, provides information on the likely effects of climate change on species and ecosystems in the region. The assessment involves scientists, natural resource managers, and conservation planners, and covers an area that extends beyond the borders of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho both south into the U. S. and north into Canada. The assessment contains four main component projects including a sensitivity database, case studies, habitat suitability modeling, and species population modeling.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Housing Resilience, New York City, New York

April 2013

New York City’s Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Housing Resilience demonstrates how cities can partner with community development stakeholders to conduct vulnerability assessments that enhance the resilience of low-income communities to climate disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately 20% of the city’s public housing stock was damaged by flood waters, due in part to the placement of high concentrations of subsidized developments in surge-affected areas.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change Impact Assessment for Surface Transportation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

January 2012

The Climate Change Impact Assessment (Assessment) provides a preliminary analysis of the vulnerabilities posed by climate change to the surface transportation infrastructure system in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska region. The Assessment demonstrates a method that planners, engineers, and other agency decision makers can follow when assessing the impacts of climate change on surface transportation in their jurisdiction. The Assessment was conducted for the Region X Northwest Transportation Consortium for transportation policymakers and professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Related Organizations: Region X Northwest Transportation Consortium , Idaho Transportation Department, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Washington State Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: John MacArthur, Philip W. Mote, Jason Ideker, Miguel Figliozzi, Ming Lee

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Adapting to Climate Change While Planning for Disaster: Footholds, Rope Lines, and the Iowa Floods

December 20, 2011

This report uses the example of flood recovery after the 2008 Midwest floods to propose a more effective way for federal, state, and municipal governments to work together to address the impacts of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency conducted a pilot project providing technical assistance to vulnerable cities in eastern Iowa, and the analysis was utilized as a case study for this report. The results of the Iowa Pilot Project are relevant to many climate change adaptation efforts around the country.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert R.M. Verchick, Abby Hall

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National Weather Service Flood Loss Summary Reports

From NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), this website provides annual monetary totals, adjusted to inflation each year, for national flood loss or flood damages. In addition, the website offers quick access to numerous data services provided by the NWS, including forecasts, climate predictions, and current climate observations, among others.

Related Organizations: National Weather Service

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AASHTO’s Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems Program

AASHTO's Sustainable Transportation: Energy, Infrastructure, and Climate Solutions Technical Assistance Program is designed to assist State Departments of Transportation in understanding the potential effects of climate change, and the range of strategies and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DOI Secretarial Order 3289 (2010)

February 2, 2010

This U. S, Department of the Interior (DOI) order, Secretarial Order No. 3289, establishes a department-wide approach for applying scientific tools to increase the understanding of climate change and to coordinate an effective response to its impacts on tribes and on the land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources that the Department manages. It replaces Secretarial Order No. 3226, Amendment No. 1, issued on January 16, 2009, and reinstates the provisions of Secretarial Order No.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

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UCLA Health Impact Assessment Clearinghouse Learning and Information Center

This Website is designed to collect and disseminate information on health impact assessments (HIA) in the United States. The website contains completed and in-progress HIAs conducted in the U. S. The site includes a section on training, as well as resources for funding, technical support, and updates on legislative action. It also reviews common pathways examined by HIAs, provides links to HIA-related journal articles and news releases, and information about HIA methods. .

Related Organizations: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Forest-Climate Working Group

February 2009

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholders formed to develop consensus recommendations for U. S. forest components of federal climate legislation. The participants in the Forest-Climate Working Group — landowner, industry, conservation, wildlife, carbon finance, and forestry organizations — engaged in a year of facilitated consensus dialog to develop this policy platform. Their recommendations focus in three areas:  1) Offset Credits for Forest Carbon Activities; 2) Beyond Offsets - Incentive, Research, and Technical Assistance Programs; and 3) Forest Adaptation; which are detailed in this report.

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The Status of the Coral Reef Ecosystems of Guam

December 2008

This report provides an assessment of the status of the coral reef ecosystems of Guam between 2004 and 2007. The findings of various monitoring activities, assessments, and stand-alone investigations conducted by local and federal agencies, educational/research institutions, and government contractors since 2004 were synthesized to obtain an updated, holistic view of the status of Guam’s reefs. Climate change is addressed as a significant factor in the decline of the coral reef in Guam.   'Climate Change, Coral Bleaching, and Ocean Acidification' is a sub-section of the report explaining that coral bleaching is an emerging threat, and will likely grow more severe with increasing sea surface temperatures associated with global climate change.

Related Organizations: Guam Bureau of Statistics and Planning

Authors or Affiliated Users: D. Burdick, V. Brown, J. Asher, C. Caballes, M. Gawel, L. Goldman, A. Hall, J. Kenyon, T. Leberer, E. Lundblad, J. McIlwain, J. Miller, D. Minton, M. Nadon, N. Pioppi, L. Raymundo, B. Richards, R. Schroeder, P. Schupp, E. Smith, B. Zgliczynski

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