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Vulnerability Assessment for the Saco Bay, Maine Communities of Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough – Vulnerable Transportation Infrastructure

April 13, 2011

This vulnerability assessment was conducted by the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation Working Group (SLAWG), and assessed the vulnerability of Saco Bay communities to sea-level rise (SLR), flooding and erosion. The assessment looked at vulnerabilities for the towns of Saco, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, and Biddeford. This Saco Bay region contains the largest contiguous stretch of beaches and coastal wetlands in the state and has experienced some of the state’s most severe erosion problems. Although the focus on the study was on the vulnerability of the communities as a whole, part of the assessment identified roads in the region that will be vulnerable to inundation under different SLR scenarios.

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A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida

April 2011

Southeast Florida with its populous coastal counties, subtropical environment, porous geology and low topography is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially sea level rise. At the October 23, 2009 Southeast Florida (SE FL) Regional Climate Leadership Summit, the local diversity in sea level rise (SLR) projections was highlighted as a concern and a barrier to achieving regionally consistent adaptation policies. Following the summit, the four counties of Southeast Florida (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) entered into the SE FL Regional Climate Change Compact to work cooperatively to address climate concerns in the region.

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Reclamation Climate Change and Water, Report to Congress, 2011

April 2011

This report is prepared in fulfillment of the requirements within section (§) 9503 of the SECURE Water Act and provides an assessment of climate change impacts on the quantity of water resources located in each major U.S. Bureau of Reclamation river basin. The eight river basins identified include the Colorado, Columbia, Klamath, Missouri, Upper Rio Grande and Pecos, Sacramento - San Joaquin, and the Truckee - Carson. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Patty Alexander, Levi Brekke, Gary Davis, Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Katrina Grantz, Charles Hennig, Carly Jerla, Dagmar Llewellyn, Paul Miller, Tom Pruitt, David A. Raff, Tom Scott, Michael Tansey, Toni Turner

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Vermont Adaptation White Papers

April 2011

This compilation of nine white papers includes an introduction to the climate science and impacts relevant to Vermont and eight sector-specific reports in the areas of Agriculture, Water Resources, Recreation, Forestry, Public Health, Public Safety, Fish and Wildlife, and Transportation.   Each sector report provides an overview of the climate impacts and vulnerabilities facing that sector, what programs are already in place to address those challenges, prospective adaptation strategies, and policy recommendations.

Author or Affiliated User: Kari Dolan

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

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Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change

November 2011

A series of white papers have been prepared by the State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities regarding realized and predicted climate change impacts, with this report specifically addressing water resources and adaptation issues across Florida. The primary objectives of this report are: (1) to identify Florida’s water resources and water-related infrastructure that are vulnerable to climate change; (2) show demographics in the state that are vulnerable to climate change impacts with a focus on water resources and sea level rise; and (3) highlight some of the alternative technologies currently being used to solve water resource supply issues in the state that are likely to expand and be challenged under various scenarios of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Leonard Berry, Frederick Bloetscher, Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Marguerite Koch-Rose, Diana Mitsova-Boneva, Jorge Restrepo, Tara Root, Ramesh Teegavarapu

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Adapting to Rising Tides: Transportation Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Pilot Project

November 2011

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center to work with San Francisco Bay Area shoreline communities on planning for sea level rise and other climate change related impacts in a project called Adapting to Rising Tides (ART). The project involves evaluating potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks while identifying effective adaptation strategies. ART develops and refines adaptation planning tools and resources that will be useful to communities throughout the Bay Area, ultimately to protect ecosystem and community services.

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Six Climate Change-Related Events in the United States Accounted for About $14 Billion in Lost Lives and Health Costs

November 2011

In this study, published in the journal Health Affairs, a team of scientists from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) partnered with university economists to investigate the health costs of six climate change-related events that struck the U. S. between 2000 and 2009. The estimated costs totaled more than $14 billion (in 2008 U. S. dollars), with 95 percent due to the value of lives lost prematurely. The study team selected six types of events that will worsen with climate change in ways likely to harm human health - ozone smog pollution, heat waves, hurricanes, mosquito-borne infectious disease, river flooding, and wildfires.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kim Knowlton, Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Linda Geballe, Wendy Max, Gina M. Solomon

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Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

2011

This report from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to assist fish and wildlife managers and other conservation and resource professionals to better plan, execute, and interpret vulnerability assessments in support of wildlife conservation and ecosystem-based adaptation.   Key steps for assessing ecosystems, habitats and species vulnerability to climate change are described. This guidance material details various approaches for assessing sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity, at each of these biological levels.

Author or Affiliated User: Patty Glick

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Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

2011

'Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network' (ARC3), was the UCCRN’s first major publication, published in 2011. The ARC3 report represents a four year effort by nearly 100 authors from dozens of cities worldwide, and is the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities.

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