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Seabrook, New Hampshire - Adaptation Strategies to Protect Areas of Increased Risk From Coastal Flooding Due to Climate Change

July 25, 2009

The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) was tasked by the Town of Seabrook, NH to develop adaptation strategies to protect areas of the town at risk of flooding due to climate change. The elements of this project were to: 1) conduct research on present consensus estimates of sea-level rise affecting the New England coast; 2) review approaches taken by other states and communities in responding to this threat; 3) develop maps identifying the areas of increased risk to flooding from sea-level rise specific to Seabrook; and 4) identify the various regulatory and non-regulatory options that should be considered by Seabrook to protect it from this potential risk.

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FHWA Literature Review: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Adaptation Approaches

July 24, 2009

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a review of U. S. and international approaches to address global climate change adaptation as it relates to transportation. This literature review focuses on three major categories of activities: vulnerability assessments, risk assessments, and adaptation approaches. For each of these, an overview is provided, with sample frameworks or methodologies, and examples. For adaptation approaches, strategies are also provided by climate change impact.

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Shaping Climate Resilient Development - A Framework for Decision-Making

September 2009

This report is based on the initial findings of a study by the Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group (ECA), a partnership between the Global Environment Facility, McKinsey & Company, Swiss Re, the Rockefeller Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, the European Commission, and Standard Chartered Bank. Focusing specifically on the economic aspects of adaptation, the report outlines a fact-based risk management approach to use to understand the impact of climate on their economies – and identify actions to minimize that impact at the lowest cost to society.

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Climate Change Impacts on Florida (with a specific look at groundwater impacts)

September 2009

This article discusses the impact of climate change on Florida's hydrologic cycle and groundwater.

Author or Affiliated User: Frederick Bloetscher

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Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing the assumptions and uncertainties

August 28, 2009

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper provides a brief perspective on “ecological niches” - describing how niche thinking and modeling have been used to project changes in the distributions of species, and assessing several related assumptions and uncertainties. These areas are illustrated using examples from research on California birds. The paper concludes with an assessment the usefulness of niche-based models for projecting climate-change impacts on biodiversity and the resulting implications for conservation and management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: John A. Wiens, Diana Stralberg, Dennis Jongsomjit, Christine A. Howell, Mark A. Snyder

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New York State Executive Order 24: Establishing a Goal to Reduce GHG Emissions 80% by 2050 and Preparing a Climate Action Plan

August 6, 2009

In August 2009, Governor Patterson signed Executive Order 24 to address climate change in the State of New York.  EO 24 established a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, as well as requiring a Climate Action Plan to address both mitigation and adaptation for key economic sectors.

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Assessing the Costs of Adaptation to Climate Change: A Review of the UNFCCC and other Recent Estimates

August 2009

This report reviews the costs of adapting to climate change in a range of sectors. It aims to demonstrate the uncertainties of current cost estimates for climate change adaptation. The review examines these costs at the sector level, including several sectors which had previously not been fully considered in cost estimates - and advocates for further refinement of these estimates.

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Climate Change and National Park Wildlife: A Survival Guide for a Warming World

August 2009

This report, from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), recommends strategies to help wildlife adapt to the conditions caused by climate change, including providing land corridors, and reducing stress from pollution and invasive species. Included are five steps for safeguarding wildlife from climate change, and eleven wildlife profiles which address impacts to specific vulnerable eco-regions and provide possible solutions. .

Author or Affiliated User: Kirk Repanshek

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Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

May 2009

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

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The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast

May 2009

Provided by the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Center, this study includes a detailed analysis of California's infrastructure, property, and current population at risk from projected sea-level rise, as well as the cost of building structural measures to reduce that risk. Specifically, it identifies the risks of flooding and erosion to specific populations, roads, railways, power plants, water treatment plants, ports and airports, emergency and healthcare facilities, wetlands, coastal and San Francisco Bay properties, and groundwater aquifers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter H. Gleick, Eli Moore

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