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This tab includes federal, state and local vulnerability assessments and plans that discuss adaptation options for rural areas and small communities.

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Karuk Tribe Climate Adaptation Plan

August 16, 2019

Karuk have lived in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains in the mid-Klamath River region of northern California beyond documented history, and now face severe climate change impacts to their territory and way of life. The Karuk Climate Adaptation Plan details climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the Karuk tribe and culture, local species and habitats, human health, critical infrastructure, tribal programs, tribal sovereignty and management authority. The climate adaptations evaluated have combined western science and Karuk traditional knowledge, and are recommended based on 22 focal species cultural indicators “for human responsibilities and necessary human actions” across seven habitat management zones.

Related Organizations: Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kari Norgaard, William Tripp

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Ola Oahu Resilience Strategy

May 31, 2019

The O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, developed by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii is focused on adapting to shocks and stresses on the island - primarily increased cost of living and climate change impacts in Honolulu. The Strategy offers 44 Actions across four focal areas or Resilience “Pillars” of Long-term Affordability (local economy), Disaster Preparedness, Climate Security, and Community Cohesion for the island and communities of O’ahu. The Strategy is critical for planning on O’ahu’s social, economic and environmental sustainability as, according to the report, “45% of O‘ahu residents live in a household where someone is contemplating leaving, and 78% of residents believe that climate change is going to impact them personally.

Related Organizations: City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii

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Anchorage, Alaska Climate Action Plan

May 21, 2019

Anchorage, Alaska’s Climate Action Plan offers both climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that support a vision for resilience and 80% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Climate adaptation planning is focused on emergency preparedness, watershed, urban forest and public health measures. Social equity and inclusion of indigenous communities impacts and needs are also prioritized, with Alaskan Native values incorporated throughout the plan.

Related Organizations: City of Anchorage, Alaska, University of Alaska Anchorage

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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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Marin County, California Ocean Coast Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Report

February 27, 2018

Marin County’s “Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team” (C-SMART) is a multi-stakeholder, inter-governmental partnership that collaborates to determine sea level rise impacts and adaptation options for the county. This comprehensive analysis from C-SMART presents strategies for increasing resiliency of Marin’s coast with options to accommodate, protect against, or retreat from the threats of sea level rise and coastal hazards.

Related Organizations: Marin County Collaboration - Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team (C-SMART)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack Liebster, Alex Westhoff

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Upper Snake River Watershed Tribes

February 2017

The Upper Snake River Tribes include the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation that together are represented by the Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation. The USRT assessment focused on climate change vulnerabilities of their reservations in the 97,000 acre watershed in the Great Basin region - primarily in Idaho, with reservation lands extending into southwest Oregon and northeastern Nevada.

Related Organizations: Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, Climate Impacts Group (CIG), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

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Kent County, Maryland Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report

September 2016

This report summarizes the climate change impacts occurring in Kent County, Maryland, and recommends adaptation actions for increasing the resilience of residents, county facilities, and operations.  The report includes a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Kent County which finds that climate change is increasing the risk of localized natural hazards. The assessment describes current and projected climate change impacts including heat, precipitation, sea level rise, and flooding in the region.

Related Organizations: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Kent County, Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Brian Ambrette

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Sonoma County, California Climate Readiness Plan - Climate Action 2020 and Beyond

July 11, 2016

Sonoma County, California developed their Climate Action 2020 and Beyond plan primarily to address greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities for the county, but also to initiate adaptation planning. A chapter of the report focused on climate change adaptation is offered as the Climate Readiness Plan. This plan provides a vulnerability assessment that evaluates climate impacts on three key community resource areas - people and social systems, built systems, and natural and working lands. This chapter also discusses adaptation solutions already underway in Sonoma, and provides general adaptation goals and strategies as a starting point for the County to respond to the impacts identified through the vulnerability assessment.

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City of Del Mar, California Climate Action Plan

June 6, 2016

The City of Del Mar, California adopted a Climate Action Plan in June 2016.  The plan focuses on how the city is going to reach a goal of 100% renewable power by 2035, the plan also includes a chapter on adaptation (Chapter 4). The Adaptation Chapter lays out climate change projections that the city can anticipate: warmer temperatures, increased droughts, and more extreme weather events.  It then lays out specific adaptation strategies by sector and impact, including the following examples: Public health - restore natural areas to improve air and water quality; facilitate access to cooling centers; reduce urban heat islands with cool pavements and by increasing urban tree canopy; design buildings to reduce reliance on mechanical cooling and energy (e.

Related Organizations: City of Del Mar, California

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Eastern Shore of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016

This Hazard Mitigation Plan profiles the counties and towns of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, including current and projected localized natural hazards and adaptation strategies for managing these impacts. The vulnerability of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to sea level rise, recurrent flooding and storm surge is discussed in detail throughout the report, along with information specific to each town as it is impacted by sea level rise. 

Related Organizations: Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

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