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Virginia's Climate Modeling and Species Vulnerability Assessment: How Climate Data Can Inform Management and Conservation

2013

This project developed models of select fish, wildlife and tree species distributions in Virginia under multiple climate change scenarios, and produced a species vulnerability assessment for the state. The assessment is intended to help decision makers better understand how climate change will likely affect sensitive species and habitats in Virginia. The project was funded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) through a State Wildlife Grant, and by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and was supported by research from the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech.

Related Organizations: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech, National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Austin Kane, Chris Burkett, Scott Klopfer, Jacob Sewall

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report

January 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program supports climate change adaptation activities in the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and the coastal management community. In 2008–2011, CRE sponsored 31 projects with 19 different NEPs. In 2012, CRE supported another 6  projects, including work with 4 new NEPs.

Related Organizations: U.S. EPA Climate Ready Estuaries, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification Report – “Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action”

November 2012

The Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel, which was convened by former governor Christine Gregoire in February 2012, released this report in November 2012 to detail its findings and recommendations for addressing the sources of and adapting to the impacts of ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans - Voluntary Guidance to States for Revision and Implementation

November 2012

In 2005, Congress mandated that state fish and wildlife agencies develop State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) that identified the species and habitats in greatest conservation need, key threats, and recommended actions - in order to receive federal funding through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies prepared a report with guidance focused on integrating climate change adaptation planning into SWAPs in 2009 - Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans and Other Management Plans.

Related Organizations: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

September 2012

The Pacific Northwest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, a project undertaken by the University of Washington and other collaborators, provides information on the likely effects of climate change on species and ecosystems in the region. The assessment involves scientists, natural resource managers, and conservation planners, and covers an area that extends beyond the borders of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho both south into the U. S. and north into Canada. The assessment contains four main component projects including a sensitivity database, case studies, habitat suitability modeling, and species population modeling.

Related Organizations: National Park Service (NPS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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California Third Climate Change Assessment: 2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study

July 31, 2012

The '2012 Vulnerability and Adaptation Study' is California's third major assessment on climate change. California produces periodic scientific assessments on the potential impacts of climate change on the state, and reports potential adaptation responses. Required by Executive Order #S-03-05, these assessments influence legislation and inform policy makers. The Third California Climate Change Assessment is a compilation of 37 reports which outline local and statewide vulnerabilities to climate change, for the energy, water, agriculture, public health, coastal, transportation, and ecological resource sectors.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: The Impact of Law on Adaptation in the Private Sector

July 2012

This resource summarizes a workshop from March 2012 among academics, non-profit and business representatives, and government officials addressing private sector adaptation to climate change that is influenced by law and public policy. The subset of private sector adaptation measures that are motivated, influenced, prevented, or constrained by government are the focus of the discussion.

Related Organizations: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Progressive Reform, University of North Carolina

Authors or Affiliated Users: Victor B. Flatt, Yee Huang

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast

June 2012

This report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) reviews observed and projected changes for the Gulf Coast regional climate hazards, as well as potential impacts and adaptation options. It specifically details the impacts from sea level rise, wetland loss and hurricanes, and further examines the risks that climate change poses to the region’s energy and fishing industries. The report concludes that climate impacts are already occurring across these sectors, and outlines adaptation measures that can be implemented, while reducing the region’s vulnerability and the costs associated with future impacts.

Related Organizations: Louisiana State University, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hal Needman, David Brown, Lynne Carter

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan

May 22, 2012

Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan, also titled 'Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast,' is a landmark 50-year, $50 billion blueprint for a sustainable coast. This plan, prepared by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature in May 2012. While building off previous plans, the 2012 Coastal Master Plan is the most comprehensive to date, offering solutions to Louisiana’s coastal environmental and engineering challenges.

Related Organizations: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Washington Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012 – Appendix A: Climate Change

April 2012

Washington’s 2012 Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines, prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, include a Climate Change Appendix that summarizes the science and impacts of climate change on stream habitat in Washington, and strategies for ensuring that stream habitat restoration efforts are designed to be resilient to climate change impacts. The purpose of the Guidelines is to promote process based natural stream restoration, rehabilitating aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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