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Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds

June 2009

This report discusses the increasing effects of climate change on freshwater resources and ecosystem services. It focuses on types of socioeconomic and biotic adaptations, and provides an overview of direct and cumulative impacts.   Perspectives on adaptive responses are offered, and the results of five case studies are included which demonstrate regional adaptation measures. The series of case studies - from Massachusetts, New York, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California - are used to illustrate ecosystem services that are able to adapt to to extreme variations in precipitation.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Alan P. Covich

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Sustainable Water Resources Management Volume 3: Case Studies on New Water Paradigm

January 2010

This report assesses the foundation and requirements for a sustainable water infrastructure at the community and watershed scales. This is the final report in a 3-part series published by the Electric Power Research Institute. The report uses case studies to help communities take on water-related challenges,  such as water scarcity, flooding, regulations, aging infrastructure, and water pollution. In addition to government regulatory agencies, the report will be useful for practitioners in the electric power, public water supply, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment sectors.

Related Organizations: Electric Power Research Institute, Water Environment Research Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Trevor Clements

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Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

2009

The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change was established under the Convention of Biological Diversity to inform and update the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on biodiversity-related information. This report of the second AHTEG provides scientific and technical assessments and advice on integrating biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources into climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

Related Organizations: Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Strategies for Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Ecosystems

November 4, 2008

Published by the Heinz Center, this report provides a review of scientific literature on climate change adaptation as it relates to biodiversity conservation and wildlife management, and assesses climate change adaptation plans developed in the U.S.A., Canada, England, México, and South Africa.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

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Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation: Freight Flow in Gulf Coast

2008

From the Transportation Research Board (TRB) report Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U. S. Transportation, this case study describes the transportation sector’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It focuses on the storms’ impact to national-level freight movement, highlighting efforts to reroute traffic in order to avoid long-lasting disruptions. Despite damage to Gulf Coast transportation systems from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the region experienced only modest disruptions to freight flow because transportation system redundancies allowed traffic to be rerouted away from impacted areas.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

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Adapting to Climate Change: Strategies from King County, Washington

April 2009

King County in Washington State has established a comprehensive program to prepare for climate change, and many of the tools and strategies that King County has employed can be applied in other communities. This Memo from the King County Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, published by the American Planning Association, describes strategies developed in King County to direct local government efforts to address climate change.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington, City of Seattle, Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Karen Wolf

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A Review of Climate-Change Adaptation Strategies for Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation

March 4, 2009

This report describes observed and potential effects of global climate change on species and ecosystems. It reviews climate change adaptation plans and other planning approaches from the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, and South Africa. The report also includes sixteen possible adaptation strategies, all proposed in scientific literature and public policy documents, that directly address the conservation of biological diversity. These strategies are grouped into four broad categories: land and water protection and management, direct species management, monitoring and planning, and law and policy.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan R. Mawdsley, Robin O'Malley, Dennis S. Ojima

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Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming - Final Report

October 2008

The Final Report of the Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming (GCGW) provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change.

Related Organizations: Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming

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Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water

October 2008

This report recommends a series of adaptation strategies for state and local water managers to improve their capacity to handle climatic changes. The 10 climate change adaptation strategies for California's water outlined in this report fall under four major categories: investment strategies, regional strategies, statewide strategies, and improving management and decision-making capacity. The report also includes helpful tools for policy makers like a model water-efficient landscape ordinance.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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