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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Assessments and Tools

This tab presents federal, state, and local climate science, tools, and assessments examining the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems.  

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Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

November 23, 2015

The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tools provides information on climate change impacts and vulnerability of a variety of the state’s species and habitats; as well as adaptation strategies and actions based on user selected location and interests. The online tool is focused on fish and wildlife species, forests and forestry practices, landscape connectivity (including climate related impacts on roads and culverts), land protection, and conservation planning.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, University of Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report

September 8, 2014

This report from the National Audubon Society presents the results of a seven year scientific study predicting the potential impact of climate change on 588 North American bird species. Based on four decades of bird census data, this is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and according to Audubon, “it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.”

Related Organizations: National Audubon Society

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study for the City of Los Angeles, California

December 2013

From the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, this vulnerability assessment is a summary of initial research on the potential impacts of sea level rise on Los Angeles’s resources and population, coastal and shoreline assets. The report contains the findings of a coastal vulnerabilities study, as well as the results of physical, social and economic vulnerability assessment studies that were commissioned by the City and USC Sea Grant.   In the final section, a suite of adaptation measures for sea level rise is provided, along with several recommendations for moving forward.

Related Organizations: AdaptLA, University of Southern California Sea Grant, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Authors or Affiliated Users: Phyllis Grifman, Juliette Hart, Jill Ladwig, Alyssa Newton Mann, Marika Schulhof

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Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

January 30, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Wildlife in a Warming World examines case studies from across the country illustrating how climate change is altering wildlife habitats and contributing to population declines. Recommendations are made to protect both wildlife and communities in various ecosystems from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Corey Shott, Douglass B. Inkley, Isabel Ricker

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation provides an evaluation of adaptation issues for natural ecosystems with a focus on the climate impacts of vegetation response, phenology, wildfire and other system-wide disturbances. It also describes adaptation scenarios of several species affected by climate change, including the snowshoe hare, wolverine, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, and amphibians. The report is limited to natural ecosystems, or those that have not been planted, irrigated, or fertilized - agricultural and grazing lands are excluded.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, L. Scott Mills

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.3: The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity

May 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. SAPs are being produced under the auspices of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates the climate change research activities of U. S. government agencies. The lead sponsor of this particular assessment product is the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, David Schimel, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Fay, L. Hahn, C. Izaurralde, B.A. Kimball, T. Mader, J. Morgan, D. Ort, W. Polley, A. Thomson, D. Wolfe, M.G. Ryan, S.R. Archer, R. Birdsey, C. Dahm, L. Heath, J. Hicke, D. Hollinger, T. Huxman, G. Okin, R. Oren, J. Randerson, W. Schlesinger, D. Lettenmaier, D. Major, L. Poff, S. Running, L. Hansen, D. Inouye, B.P. Kelly, L. Meyerson, B. Peterson, R. Shaw.

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Impacts of Climate Change for the State of Indiana

February 2008

This report summarizes the likely and potential impacts of climate change for the state of Indiana. Impacts are described for Indiana's water resources, agriculture, plants and animals, soils, human health, as well as on the demands on heating and cooling.

Related Organizations: Purdue University, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC)

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Aquarius: A Modeling System for River Basin Water Allocation

Aquarius is a software application developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U. S Forest Service and Colorado State University. The modeling system depicts the temporal and spatial allocation of water flows among competing traditional and nontraditional water uses in a river basin. The program can be used to determine economically efficient water destination strategies by systematically examining, using a nonlinear optimization technique, the feasibility of reallocating unused or marginally valuable water storage and releases in favor of alternative uses.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gustavo E. Diaz, Thomas C. Brown, Oli Sveinsson

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California State Adaptation Clearinghouse - ResilientCA.org

2018

California’s Adaptation Clearinghouse has been developed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in response to CA’s 2015 Senate Bill 246 - which directed OPR to form the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. One main component of the Program is the State Adaptation Clearinghouse, which serves as a “centralized source of information and resources to assist decision makers at the state, tribal, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation projects to promote resiliency across California.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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