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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

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Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

February 2007

This brief from the National Research Council of the National Academies summarizes an assessment of existing sources of scientific information - including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections - and how they relate to Colorado River Basin water supplies and demands, water management, and drought. 

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IPCC 2007 Fourth Assessment Synthesis Report: Summary for Policymakers

2007

This report is based on the assessment carried out by the three working groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and provides an integrated view of climate change as the final part of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

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Vulnerability of New Jersey's Coastal Habitats to Sea Level Rise

January 2007

This report is the product of a study determining which developed areas in coastal New Jersey are vulnerable to sea-level rise in ways that could negatively impact sandy beach and wetland habitats. It is intended to be used in a way that can provide information for coastal management and development decisions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Aaron Love, Richard G. Lathrop

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Report: “Climate Change Will Impact the Seattle Department of Transportation”

August 9, 2005

Seattle’s Office of City Auditor conducted a review of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to identify potential operations, services or structures that could be significantly impacted by anticipated changes in the climate of the Pacific Northwest region. The resulting report “Climate Change Will Impact the Seattle Department of Transportation” is designed to assess the potential impacts on Seattle’s transportation operations and infrastructure, raise awareness, and assist policymakers in developing adaptive strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Wendy K. Soo Hoo, Megumi Sumitani, Susah Cohen

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Future Sea Level Rise and the New Jersey Coast

June 2005

This study presents an assessment of potential impacts of sea level rise on the New Jersey coast.   Using historical flood data, digital elevation models, and climate change projections, the authors found that sea level rise will submerge 1-3% of coastal lands, and 6. 5-9% of coastal land will be affected by periodic flooding.   The study looks at Cape May Point as a case study for potential impacts on socioeconomic and natural resources that would be relevant to other coastal areas.   Finally, the authors broadly identify a gradual retreat strategy for adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew J.P. Cooper, Michael D. Beevers, Michael Oppenheimer

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Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability: Promoting an Efficient Adaptation Response in Australia

March 2005

Produced for the Australian Greenhouse Office, this assessment was completed in 2005 in order to identify the priorities of the National Climate Change Adaptation Programme. This report explores the risks to Australia from the impacts of climate change over the next 30 to 50 years for Australia's industry and economy, the natural environment, public health, and infrastructure. The report takes a risk management approach to identifying the sectors and regions that might have the highest priority for adaptation planning.

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Climate Change Impact on Forest Resources in California

March 2006

This study, produced by the California Climate Change Center, evaluates the impact of climate change on California’s forest resources by developing a case study for a mixed conifer forest in the northern Sierra Nevada. The research utilized data-driven modeling tools to project the effect of a changing climate on forest growth, forest yield, and tree mortality. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: John J. Battles, Timothy Robards, Adrian Das, Kristen Waring, J. Keith Gilless, Frieder Schurr, John LeBlanc, Gregory Biging, Clara Simon

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Climate Change Impacts on Water for Agriculture in California: A Case Study in the Sacramento Valley

March 2006

This study presents an application of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system for California's Sacramento River Basin. The WEAP modeling system was used to evaluate the impact of four future climate scenarios on agricultural water management in the region, and to investigate whether water management adaptation could reduce potential impacts. This paper demonstrates how internalizing adaptation in a model that includes both the hydrologic and water management conditions associated with climate change can help assess potential tradeoffs in multi-objective water management systems.

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Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

2005

The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) is the first comprehensive, integrated assessment of climate change across the entire Arctic region. There are three reports supporting this Assessment:

Authors or Affiliated Users: Henry Huntington, Gunter Weller

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