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Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems

January 1, 2003

This report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Ecological Society of America examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. While somewhat dated, it is still highly relevant, and is cited in numerous subsequent impact studies. An updated Executive Summary was also released in 2005, which considered the findings of over 24 additional studies in the region. State summaries are also available on an interactive and comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists website designed to represent the findings in this report.

Related Organizations: Ecological Society of America (ESA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Author or Affiliated User: George W. Kling et al

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Oregon Guidance on Biofilters for Storm Water Discharge Pollution Removal

January 2003

In 2003, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published guidance on the use of “biofilters” to remove pollution from stormwater. Biofilters include a variety of green infrastructure techniques installed along roadways to filter pollution from stormwater runoff such as constructed wetlands and bioswales (vegetated swales or ditches), among others. The guidance details the design best management practices (BMPs) that have been proven to work well in constructing biofilters, and argues that biofilters may be the “most economical” way to remove sediment and other pollutants from runoff.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change and California Water Resources: A Survey and Summary of the Literature

July 2003

Produced for the California Energy Commission, this study identifies issues and research related to climate change impacts on water systems in California. Related informational resources are listed, including a number of reports that outline impacts of climate change on water resources.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, California Energy Commission

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Kiparsky, Peter H. Gleick

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Buying Time: A User's Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems

August 2003

Designed by the World Wildlife Fund for natural resource managers who are ready to confront the impacts of climate change, this manual brings together assessments and initial adaptation strategies for various ecosystems. Written by experts, and with 200+ pages, this manual introduces practical ideas to increase the resiliency of ecosystems and protected areas in response to the threat of climate change.

Related Organizations: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes Basin

August 2003

This multi-dimensional report from the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission is written for a cross-section of science, business, resource management, and policy experts in the Great Lakes region. Section 2 provides an overview of climate change and variability projections for the region, including air temperature, precipitation, evapotranspiration, water supply, water levels, ice cover, and water quality. Projected impacts are then provided in Section 3 pertaining to the following sectors: human health, ecosystems and biodiversity, agriculture, fish and wildlife, forests, and recreation and tourism.

Related Organizations: International Joint Commission (IJC)

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife in North America

2004

Global Climate Change and Wildlife in North America was published by the Wildlife Society and their Technical Review Committee on Global Climate Change and Wildlife. This technical review explains how climate change has significant potential to affect wildlife throughout North America, either directly or indirectly through responses to changing habitat conditions.

Related Organizations: The Wildlife Society

Authors or Affiliated Users: Douglass B. Inkley, Michael G. Anderson, Andrew R. Blaustein, Virginia R Burkett, Benjamin Felzer, Brad Griffith, Jeff Price, Terry L. Root

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Land Use Impacts and Solutions to Sea Level Rise in East Central Florida

November 2004

The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) was contracted through a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to participate in this study, which included all coastal states along the eastern seaboard - analyzing present and future land use and various coastal policies. This report's focus is on sea level rise and implications for Brevard and Volusia counties of Florida. The maps that accompany illustrate the areas that planners within this region expect will be protected from erosion and inundation in the coming decades.

Related Organizations: East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Climate Action Plan for Maine 2004

December 1, 2004

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection wrote the Climate Action Plan to meet the requirements of a state law passed in 2003 (PL 237). This was a first step by Maine towards meeting emissions reductions targets they committed to as part of a resolution by New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The plan concludes with fifty-four recommended actions required to ensure legislative targets are met. While the Climate Action Plan is focused on mitigation, many of the potential options for reducing emissions related to agriculture and forestry offer some adaptive co-benefits.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Striking a Balance - A Guide to Coastal Dynamics and Beach Management in Delaware

2004

This report provides historical background and knowledge of coastal dynamics and beach management in Delaware, outlines the forces affecting Delaware's beaches - including the balance between development and protection of coastal resources, and explains statewide coastal management policies and the measures taken to mitigate the effects of erosion.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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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:

Related Organizations: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, International Arctic Science Committee, The Arctic Council

Authors or Affiliated Users: Henry Huntington, Gunter Weller

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