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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.7: Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure - Gulf Coast Study

March 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP investigates risks to transportation systems in the Gulf Coast from climate change, and assesses the steps managers and policy makers can take to ensure the safety and resilience of those transportation systems. The findings represent the first phase of a three phased research effort.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael J. Savonis, Virginia R Burkett, Joanne R. Potter

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Climate Change Effects on Stream and River Biological Indicators: A Preliminary Analysis (Final Report)

March 2008

The Clean Water Act mandates that states assess the biological, chemical, and physical condition of their aquatic resources using biological indicators that compare reference and non-reference sites to measure condition. The Office of Water developed guidance documents for establishing biocriteria in rivers and streams, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands, and is developing biocriteria for coral reefs. Climate change is projected to affect aquatic ecosystems through changes in water temperature, hydrological cycles, and degree days.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species and Implications for Management and Research

March 2008

The report is intended for managers and scientists working with AIS to provide them with information on the potential effects of climate change on AIS, strategies for adapting their management to accommodate these environmental changes, and highlight further research needs and gaps. Invasive species are one of the leading causes of degraded ecological condition and ecosystem services, and climate change has the potential to interact with this stressor through multiple mechanisms. The report assesses the state of the science of climate change effects on aquatic invasive species (AIS).

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Chicago Area Climate Change Quick Guide: Adapting to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change - for municipalities and other organizations

March 2008

This document is a summary of a report on preparing the city of Chicago for climate change. It is one in a series of reports on this topic commissioned by the Chicago Climate Task Force, and was used by the Task Force in developing the Chicago Climate Action Plan. This summary report also shows the municipalities and businesses why taking action to prepare for climate change is important, and explains how to take action.

Author or Affiliated User: Julia Parzen

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Options Relevant to the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Managed Lands and Waters

2008

In March 2007, then Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake the assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Land & Water Management Subcommittee to identify potential issues and challenges facing the DOI as a consequence of climate change and to suggest possible options for addressing them.

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An Integrated DOI Plan for Addressing the Effects of Climate Change on Natural Systems

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Science Subcommittee to identify the science and information needed to assist the DOI in addressing the consequences of climate change and to suggest possible options for developing, coordinating, acquiring, and analyzing any additional scientific information that would be helpful for that purpose.

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2008)

2008

This report is a synthesis of climate change science that is important for evaluating impacts on Colorado's water resources. This document provides scientific analyses to support state and regional efforts to develop a water adaptation plan, while presenting scientific analyses on observed trends, modeling, and projections of hydro-climatic variables - including temperature, precipitation, snowmelt, and runoff. This analysis includes a record of Colorado climate that covers trends in temperature, precipitation, snow and stream flow; a section describing climate models, emissions scenarios, and downscaling; followed by climate attributions, projections, and implications for the state.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrea J. Ray, Joseph J. Barsugli, Kristen B. Averyt

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Climate Change and Land Use in Florida: Interdependencies and Opportunities

June 30, 2007

This report outlines the components of a sample state climate action plan as they relate to land use, including mitigation and adaptation options. The plan addresses enhanced resiliency to climate impacts related to land use in Florida, and the development of the capacity to participate in carbon markets and support economic development of the state. Climate projections for Florida are detailed, with specific attention to drought and the related impacts on agriculture, sea-level rise, and hurricanes.

Author or Affiliated User: Stephen Mulkey

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

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Oregon House Bill 3543: Global Warming Actions

June 2007

Oregon House Bill 3543 from then Governor Kulongoski establishes greenhouse gas reduction goals and Oregon's first Global Warming Commission. The Commission was designated responsible for making recommendations to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets, as well as examining cap and trade systems, developing an educational strategy on global warming issues, and tracking global warming impacts on Oregon. In addition, the bill creates the Oregon Climate Research Institute in the Oregon University System.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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