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Colorado Climate Preparedness Project: Final Report

2011

The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project (CCPP) was initiated to to assist Colorado in preparing for climate change by providing a catalog of climate vulnerabilities and current adaptation activities in the state. The report catalogues impacts, adaptation activities, and adaptation options across a range of sectors: water; wildlife, ecosystems and forests; electricity; agriculture; and outdoor activities. The team used existing studies of climate impacts and interviewed experts in the field.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Transforming the Means and Ends of Natural Resource Management

2011

This article, from the North Carolina Law Review, addresses limitations of existing regulatory systems to manage the effects of climate change on natural resources in the United States. The Article explores the implications of continuing to rely on conventionally static and fragmented decision making, passive management, and historical preservation when global climatic shifts are widely expected to lead to rapid changes in ecological systems that are unforeseen, novel, and potentially detrimental to ecological diversity and function.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Integrating Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment into Adaptation Planning: A Case Study Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index to Inform Conservation Planning for Species in Florida

2011

Developed by Defenders of Wildlife in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this report presents a case study using NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index to inform planning for species conservation in Florida.   The work was a pilot for an adaptation framework that integrates information from species vulnerability assessments into a comprehensive planning process, to identify adaptation strategies and management opportunities for species vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Defenders of Wildlife

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Restoring the Great Lakes' Coastal Future - Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Restoration Projects

2011

The purpose of this report is to provide an initial suite of tools and methods to assist in the planning and implementation of climate-smart restoration by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners and grantees. The National Wildlife Federation and EcoAdapt have partnered with NOAA’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program to include climate change in the design and implementation of Great Lakes restoration projects. This guide presents a project-based approach to adjusting restoration activities to address the impacts of climate change on the region.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, EcoAdapt

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jennie Hoffman, Melinda Koslow, Austin Kane, Douglass B. Inkley, Patty Glick

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

January 2011

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species of conservation concern in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought.

Related Organizations: Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA, University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcos Robles, Carolyn Enquist

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Iowa 2010

January 1, 2011

This report from the Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee documents the impacts of changing climate on Iowa during the past 50 years.  The report includes an overview of potential climate change impacts to the state of Iowa and policy recommendations for responding to these threats.  The report looks at potential impacts to agriculture, flora and fauna, public health, economy, infrastructure and emergency services are described thoroughly.   The final chapter 'Findings on the Impacts of Climate Change in Iowa' summarizes each of these sectors, and demonstrates the most significant impacts on the state.

Related Organizations: Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011)

January 2011

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA) was signed into law in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, establishing the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As amended in 2011, COPA is also a tool in assisting city governments to plan for climate change adaptation and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative

From the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), the Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative (DELSI) is a pilot project designed to stabilize eroding shorelines of tidal marshes. PDE with Rutgers University has developed the "DELSI Tactic" of living shorelines which uniquely uses a combination of native wetland plants, natural structures, and intertidal shellfish to trap sediment and absorb waves. The DELSI Tactic provides an economical approach to communities that are struggling to combat the erosion of tidal marshes.

Related Organizations: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rutgers University

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Effects of Climate Change on the Downhill Skiing and Recreational Fishing Economy in the Crown of the Continent

January 2011

This report focuses on the Montana portion of the "Crown of the Continent" region, the home of Glacier National Park and extensive protected wilderness areas where recreational fishing and downhill skiing have have contributed significantly to population and job growth. The impacts of climate change on these industries are analyzed, which are susceptible to changes in temperature, snowpack, and the timing of precipitation.

Related Organizations: Headwaters Economics

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Whatcom County, Washington

December 2010

The Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) developed a Climate Adaptation Plan for Whatcom County, Washington, with a focus on resiliency and adaptability of ecosystems in the county and Nooksack River basin. Assessments were conducted on the county’s water, forest, and economic resources, current climate, and potential future climate impacts. The assessments informed a risk analysis that identified Whatcom County’s most vulnerable sectors.

Related Organizations: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Model Forest Policy Program

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Taylor, Kayla Henson

Resource Category: Planning

 

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