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City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Change Preparation Strategy - Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

September 16, 2014

From the City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, the Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment provides a detailed review of the potential climate change impacts to health and human systems, natural systems, infrastructure and the built environment in the region, as well as an overview other sectors such as energy, the economy, food systems and climate migrants. This report provides the climate impact data and foundation for the City and County's Climate Change Preparation Strategy, which outlines key objectives and actions to build resilience into the City and County’s operations, services and infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon

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Understanding the Economic Development Opportunity & Impact of Climate Change

April 2014

This report by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation considers the economic development implications associated with climate change, including preparing for and recovering from extreme weather events. Challenges and opportunities are examined across the following industries: small business, ports and marine trades, tourism, defense/naval, manufacturing, aquaculture, agriculture, and energy. The report is broken up into sections on each of the industries covered. For each industry, the authors discuss climate change considerations relevant to that sector, similar work underway in other states, and next steps for Rhode Island state government, local governments and the business community.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Climate Change Commission, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI)

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt brought together 30 experts to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments on 27 focal resources (including ecosystems, species populations, and ecosystem services) across the Sierra Nevada region of California and Nevada. The results from this assessment are intended to help resource managers and stakeholders develop and prioritize adaptation strategies to conserve these resources as climate change impacts the region.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Risky Business Project - Economic Risks of Climate Change to the U.S.

October 2013

Launched in October 2013, Risky Business is a year-long effort to quantify and publicize the economic risks the United States faces from the impacts of a changing climate. Risky Business is a joint initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Office of Hank Paulson, and Next Generation. Additional support for Risky Business was provided by the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

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Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report)

September 27, 2013

One of the main activities of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. Since its inception in 1988 the IPCC has prepared four multi-volume assessment reports and is in the process of finalizing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 is being released in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Arlington, Virginia Watershed Retrofit Study

December 2013

Completed in December, 2013, Arlington County, VA produced a Watershed Retrofit Study and plans with the purpose of strengthening the resiliency of its stormwater management systems to climate change. Arlington developed a County-wide project inventory by surveying all of the County's watersheds to find space for small stormwater facilities. This study informed the City of Arlington’s Stormwater Master Plan, which was adopted in Sept. 2014.

Related Organizations: City of Arlington, VA, Center for Watershed Protection

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Alaska Highway Study: Groundwater Flow, Permafrost Degradation, and Transportation Infrastructure Stability

2013

The Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, supported a research project to study the effects of groundwater flow on permafrost degradation and resulting road instability. The stability of permafrost below roadways and embankments is increasingly affected by warming surface temperatures caused by climate change, but may also be affected by heat transfer from groundwater flow. Studies have shown that groundwater flow can accelerate permafrost degradation by several orders of magnitude compared to thaw caused by heat transfer from the atmosphere alone.

Related Organizations: University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Updating Maryland's Sea-Level Rise Projections

June 26, 2013

Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s Executive Order on Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction. The 21-member panel reviewed projections from Maryland’s 2008 Climate Action Plan and provided updated recommendations based on new scientific results that can better inform projections of sea level rise for the state.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, Maryland Sea Grant

Authors or Affiliated Users: Donald F. Boesch, Larry P. Atkinson, William C. Boicourt, John D. Boon, Donald R. Cahoon, Robert A. Dalrymple, Tal Ezer, Benjamin P. Horton, Zoe P. Johnson, Robert E. Kopp, Ming Li, Richard H. Moss, Adam Parris, Christopher K. Sommerfield

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