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              Name2012 DOT Climate Adaptation Plan
              Description"The Adaptation Plan was prepared under Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, and Council on Environmental Quality Implementing instructions, and lays out concrete steps the Department will take to fully integrate considerations of climate change and variability in DOT policies, programs and operations. Potential climate impacts can influence DOT’s strategic goals of safety, state of good repair and environmental sustainability, and are therefore of particular interest to the Department. The DOT Climate Adaptation Plan reflects DOT’s commitments for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 and other DOT accomplishments." (More…)/PDF)
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              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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              • Public Health and Safety
              • Infrastructure
              • Economic Resources
              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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              • National
              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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              Lead AgenciesDepartment of Transportation
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              Name3D Visualization of Sea Level Rise: Illustrating the Potential to Exacerbate Storm Damage in Falmouth, Massachusetts
              DescriptionWoods Hole Sea Grant worked with Applied Science Associates to generate three dimensional simulations of sea level rise and flood event inundation in an effort to enhance hazard mitigation planning, emergency response, and public awareness. Specifically, this project visualizes various levels of sea level rise and/or storm surge flooding, in Falmouth on Cape Cod. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based flooding simulations incorporate the highest currently available MassGIS (DEM), local LIDAR datasets, and 3D measurements. The team utilized sophisticated inundation analysis and modeling tools as well as knowledge and expertise in mapping and analyzing flood potential from storms and sea level rise. Storm surge level was extracted from the National Hurricane Center’s SLOSH (Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes) model. The MOM (Maximum of Maximum Envelope of Water) results were used for the chosen hurricane category. Using the MOM results ensures that the worst case storm surge at every location along the coastline is being considered. The SLOSH model outputs provide a spatially varying depiction of storm surge flooding along the coast. The team made use of a custom processing tool to propagate these variable results inland onto the elevation data. The images represent multiple sea level changes both with and without storm surge (Category 2 Hurricane) flooding and allow users to leverage the Google Earth framework for navigation to areas of interest. (More…)/PDF)
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              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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              • Infrastructure
              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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              • Regional Or State -- New England
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              Lead AgenciesWoods Hole Sea Grant
              ContactsWoods Hole Sea Grant, seagrant@whoi.edu
              NameA Bayesian Network to Predict Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Data Report
              DescriptionDuring the 21st century, sea-level rise is projected to have a wide range of effects on coastal environments, development, and infrastructure. Consequently, there has been an increased focus on developing modeling or other analytical approaches to evaluate potential impacts to inform coastal management. This report provides the data that were used to develop and evaluate the performance of a Bayesian network designed to predict long-term shoreline change due to sea-level rise. The data include local rates of relative sea-level rise, wave height, tide range, geomorphic classification, coastal slope, and shoreline-change rate compiled as part of the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal Vulnerability Index for the U.S. Atlantic coast. In this project, the Bayesian network is used to define relationships among driving forces, geologic constraints, and coastal responses. Using this information, the Bayesian network is used to make probabilistic predictions of shoreline change in response to different future sea-level-rise scenarios.(More…)/PDF)
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              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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              • Infrastructure
              • Natural Ecosystems
              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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              • National
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              Lead AgenciesRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov
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              NameA Case Study of Coastal Aquifers near Richibucto, New Brunswick: saline groundwater occurrence and potential impacts of climate change of seawater intrusion (NB 2012)
              DescriptionA case study was conducted between 2010 and 2012 to investigate saline groundwater occurrence and the potential impacts of future climate change and sea-level rise on seawater intrusion into sandstone aquifers near the Town of Richibucto in eastern New Brunswick. The focus of the study was on water supplies obtained from municipal production wells. A three-dimensional numerical model of density-dependent groundwater flow coupled with solute transport was developed for the Richibucto region and this was then used to investigate the effect of future climate change and sea level on the distribution of groundwater salinity within the sandstone aquifers. The results from the numerical modelling investigation indicated that climate change (i.e., changes in groundwater recharge), sea level rise, and increased pumping were all significant to some extent in the context of lateral seawater intrusion in shallow to intermediate depth aquifers similar to those of the Richibucto region. However, sea-level rise had the least significant effect of the three factors considered.(More…)/PDF)
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              • Data: In situ Observations
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              • Infrastructure
              Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association University of New Brunswick -- Departments of Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering New Brunswick Department of Environment
                ContactsNew Brunswick Department of Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                NameA Coastal Areas Protection Policy for New Brunswick (2002)
                DescriptionThe goals of the project were to forecast likely climate changes, anticipate their physical impacts in relation to sustainable management and community resilience, and identify potential adaptation strategies. This involved rigorous scientific research into how the coastal area has changed in past years and making predictions about how it will change over the next 100 years. Using very precise surveying methods, some members of the research team constructed flood-risk maps to identify the extent of flooding for water levels in 10 cm increments, up to four metres above mean sea level. Other members of the team collaborated with local industry, government and community members to obtain an understanding of priorities and local capacity to adapt to accelerated changes. This document, seeks to inform New Brunswickers about the Government's plans for protecting the province's coastal areas--covering what is important to protect in our coastal areas and why, and explaining how future development and activity will be governed using established zones based on environmental sensitivity. The Coastal Areas Protection Policy is designed to manage our land-based coastal resources through sustainable development to ensure a balance between growth and environmental integrity. The policy establishes minimum standards for the management and sustain- able development of coastal lands in unincorporated areas of the province. Municipal governments would be required to manage growth and development on coastal lands in a fashion consistent with the needs and aspirations of each community.The policy aims to protect local coastal features such as beaches, dunes, and coastal marshes, while maintaining a commitment to manage the development of coastal areas provincially. (More…)/PDF)
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                • Products: Other
                • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                • Infrastructure
                • Natural Ecosystems
                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                • International
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                Lead AgenciesNew Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government--Sustainable Planning Branch
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                NameA Framework for Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Water and Watershed Systems
                DescriptionIn this article a framework for assessing climate change impacts on water and watershed systems to support management decision-making is presented. The framework addresses three issues complicating assessments of climate change impacts--linkages across spatial scales, linkages across temporal scales, and linkages across scientific and management disciplines. A major theme underlying the framework is that, due to current limitations in modeling capabilities, assessing and responding to climate change should be approached from the perspective of risk assessment and management rather than as a prediction problem. The framework is based generally on ecological risk assessment and similar approaches. A second theme underlying the framework is the need for close collaboration among climate scientists, scientists interested in assessing impacts, and resource managers and decision makers. A case study illustrating an application of the framework is also presented that provides a specific, practical example of how the framework was used to assess the impacts of climate change on water quality in a Mid-Atlantic, U.S., watershed.(More…)/PDF)
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                • Products: Other
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                • Public Health and Safety
                • Infrastructure
                • Managed Ecosystems
                • Natural Ecosystems
                • Biota
                • Social and Cultural Resources
                • Economic Resources
                • Recreation and Tourism
                Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                • National
                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                Lead AgenciesEPA Office of Research and Development
                ContactsThomas Johnson, US EPA, johnson.thomas@epa.gov
                NameA Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change
                DescriptionThe framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that gives an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability. (More…)/PDF)
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                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                • Biota
                Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                • National
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                Lead AgenciesEPA
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                NameA Guide For Tribal Leaders on U.S. Climate Change Programs
                DescriptionThis guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. In addition to its immediate value to tribes and their partners, this information will provide important groundwork for research on understanding and improving the tribal consultation processes in the context of climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                • Services: Engagement
                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                • Social and Cultural Resources
                • Recreation and Tourism
                • Cross Disciplinary
                • Other
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                • National
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                Lead AgenciesTribal Climate Change Project, University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
                ContactsKathy Lynn at kathy@uoregon.edu
                NameA Human Health Perspective on Climate Change
                Description"A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change"- A Report released on 4/22/10 outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change published by Environmental Health Perspectives and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The purpose of this paper is to identify research needs for all aspects of the research-to-decision making pathway that will help us understand and mitigate the health effects of climate changes as well as ensure that we choose the healthiest and most efficient approaches to climate change adaptation.(More…)/PDF)
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                  • Public Health and Safety
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                  • Other
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                  • International
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                  Lead AgenciesEnvironmental Health Perspectives
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                  NameA Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay
                  DescriptionThe goal of this study is to formalize an approach to inventory and analyze management decisions in order to produce useful information targeted toward effective adaptation to climate change. We began by: (1) selecting a study area and compiling a list of key decisions (2) developing criteria for evaluating the climate-relevance of decisions; (3) applying the criteria to select decisions that are potentially sensitive to climate change; (4) soliciting expert judgment regarding those selections (and refine the selections accordingly); and (5) testing alternative weighting schemes for prioritizing decisions most in need of decision support or additional research based on the selected attributes.(More…)/PDF)
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                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                  • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                    Lead AgenciesEPA
                    Contacts
                    NameA New Era for Conservation: Review of Climate Change Adaptation Literature
                    DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This literature review summarizes recent science on climate change adaptation in the context of natural resource management and fish and wildlife conservation. The review was prepared as a background contribution to the Adaptation 2009 conference being held February 2009 in Washington, DC, under the auspices of the National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The review starts with an overview of the concept of climate change adaptation, including overarching principles and barriers experienced to date in adaptation planning and implementation. We then provide specific examples of adaptation strategies for four broad habitat types: (1) forests; (2) grasslands and shrublands; (3) freshwater systems; and (4) coasts and estuaries. (More…)/PDF)
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                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                    • Products: Other
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                    • Managed Ecosystems
                    • Natural Ecosystems
                    • Biota
                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                    • National
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                    Lead AgenciesNational Wildlife Federation
                    ContactsPatty Glick, NWF, glick@nwf.org
                    NameA Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland
                    DescriptionSea level rise rates along Maryland's coastline are nearly twice those of the global average. Sea level has risen approximately one foot in the last century and is expected to rise another 2 - 3 feet by the year 2100. Sea level rise impacts coastal areas by exacerbating coastal flooding, influencing shoreline erosion, and submerging tidal wetlands and other low-lying lands. Such impacts pose a significant threat to the steep cliffs, wetlands and marshes, tidal estuaries, and sandy beaches, and barrier islands that comprise Maryland's coastal environment. Recognizing the need to begin planning for sea level rise, a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow with Maryland's Coastal Program developed a Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland. The strategy sets forth the policy and implementation framework for reducing the State's overall vulnerability to sea level rise in the coming years.(More…)/PDF)
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                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                    • Services: Engagement
                    • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                    • Natural Ecosystems
                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                    Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
                    ContactsZoe Johnson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ZJohnson@dnr.state.md.us
                    NameAchieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth: Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation Roundtable Report
                    DescriptionThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) have released “Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth: Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation Roundtable Report.” The report presents an overview of a 2011 meeting where experts from the fields of smart growth, hazard mitigation, climate change adaptation, and coastal management shared ideas on how coastal and waterfront communities could improve quality of life, use land and other resources efficiently, and create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from natural hazards related to coastal and waterfront flooding. NOAA and EPA partnered with the state Sea Grant College Programs of Rhode Island, Texas, and Hawai‘i to organize the roundtable.(More…)/PDF)
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                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                      • National
                      • Regional Or State
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                      Lead AgenciesEPA and NOAA
                      Contacts
                      NameAdaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program
                      DescriptionThis document describes five critical elements of adaptation planning, and provides examples of these elements and suggestions for additional resources. These elements should be incorporated into the National Estuary Program (NEP) estuaries' adaptation plans to obtain recognition as a Climate Ready Estuary (CRE). The five elements were developed for the NEPs, but they may be helpful to other coastal communities when they are starting to plan for adapting to climate change. These elements will be revised as needed. (More…)/PDF)
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                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                      • Infrastructure
                      • Managed Ecosystems
                      • Natural Ecosystems
                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                      • Economic Resources
                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                      • National
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                      Lead AgenciesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Ready Estuaries
                      Contacts
                      NameAdaptation to Climate Change in the Northeast United States: Opportunities, Processes, Constraints
                      DescriptionAbstract: Scientific evidence accumulating over the past decade documents that climate change impacts are already being experienced in the US Northeast. Policy-makers and resource managers must now prepare for the impacts from climate change and support implementing such plans on the ground. In this paper we argue that climate change challenges the region to maintain its economic viability, but also holds some opportunities that may enhance economic development, human well-being, and social justice. To face these challenges and seize these opportunities effectively we must better understand adaptation capacities, opportunities and constraints, the social processes of adaptation, approaches for engaging critical players and the broader public in informed debate, decision-making, and conscious interventions in the adaptation process. This paper offers a preliminary qualitative assessment, in which we emphasize the need for (1) assessing the feasibility and side effects of technological adaptation options, (2) increasing available resources and improving equitable access to them, (3) increasing institutional flexibility, fit, cooperation and decision-making authority, (4) using and enhancing human and social capital, (5) improving access to insurance and other risk-spreading mechanisms, and (6) linking scientific information more effectively to decision-makers while engaging the public. Throughout, we explore these issues through illustrative sectoral examples. We conclude with a number of principles that may guide the preparation of future adaptation plans for the Northeast. (More…)/PDF)
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                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                      Sector
                      • Public Health and Safety
                      • Infrastructure
                      • Managed Ecosystems
                      • Natural Ecosystems
                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                      • Economic Resources
                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                      Region
                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
                      Resources
                      Lead Agencies
                      ContactsSusan Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, promundi@susannemoser.com
                      NameAdaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use How Governments Can Use Land-Use Practices to Adapt to Sea-Level Rise
                      DescriptionDescription: This Tool Kit describes 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by SLR (see Table 1 on the next page). This Tool Kit focuses on land-use tools that could be used to adapt to impacts to the built environment (public and private coastal development and infrastructure). In order to devise a comprehensive strategy, governments will need to determine which tools to employ given their unique socio-economic and political contexts. To this end, we also provide policymakers with a framework for decision making. We analyze each tool by (1) the type of power exercised to implement it (planning, regulatory, spending, or tax and market-based tools); (2) the policy objective that it facilitates (protection, accommodation, planned retreat, or preservation); and (3) the type of existing or potential land uses that the tool can be used to adapt (critical infrastructure, existing development, developable lands, and undevelopable lands). Finally, we provide a top-level analysis of the trade-offs between tools—the economic, environmental, and social costs and benefits, and the legal and administrative feasibility of implementing each tool. (More…)/PDF)
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                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                      • Infrastructure
                      • Natural Ecosystems
                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                      • Economic Resources
                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                      • National
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                      Lead AgenciesGeorgetown Climate Center
                      ContactsJessica Grannis, Georgetown University, jcg68@law.georgetown.edu
                      NameAdaptation: An Issue Brief for Business
                      DescriptionAdaptation: An Issue Brief for Business A World Business Council Report on Climate Adaptation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, 1 Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, forecasts that climate change will have significant impacts on populations and environments around the world. Furthermore, it is likely that in the absence of concerted efforts to mitigate greenhouse emissions, climate change will have negative effects on business and global markets. It will likely lead to a change in existing business models and current risk management structures. This publication is focused on providing an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate changes, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. It summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels. (More…)/PDF)
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                        • Public Health and Safety
                        • Infrastructure
                        • Managed Ecosystems
                        • Natural Ecosystems
                        • Biota
                        • Social and Cultural Resources
                        • Economic Resources
                        • Recreation and Tourism
                        • Cross Disciplinary
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                        • International
                        • National
                        • Regional Or State
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                        Lead AgenciesWorld Business Council
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                        NameAdapting Atlantic Canadian Fisheries to Climate Change (2013)
                        DescriptionDeveloped in the context of the Ecology Action Centre Climate Change Adaptation Project in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, this 8-page working document was created to encourage the fishing community to discuss and exchange information on how climate change may impact the industry and how some are adapting to this change. (More…)/PDF)
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                        • Services: Engagement
                        Sector
                        • Managed Ecosystems
                        • Economic Resources
                        Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
                        Region
                          Resources
                          Lead AgenciesEcology Action Centre Canada's Rural Partnership
                          Contactswww.climatefishblog.com
                          NameAdapting to a Changing Climate in Nova Scotia: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options (2005)
                          DescriptionThis report identifies Nova Scotia's vulnerabilities to climate change and priorities for climate adaptation, laying the groundwork for a climate change action plan (see the subsequent plan at http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/env/pdf/Climate-Climatiques/ClimateChange%20AdaptationStrategyAtlanticCanada.pdf). (More…)/PDF)
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                            Sector
                            • Managed Ecosystems
                            • Social and Cultural Resources
                            • Economic Resources
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                              Lead AgenciesNova Scotia Department of Energy Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour
                              Contacts
                              NameAdapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers
                              DescriptionThe Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers was developed in response to a request from state coastal managers to NOAA to develop guidance for adaptation in the coastal zone. The goal of this document is to help state coastal managers be organized and have the tools available to address climate change impacts in the coastal zone. To do this, this guidance document provides steps to developing and implementing an adaptation plan from forming a planning team to implementing the actions in the plan. The document includes chapters on climate impacts, planning process, vulnerability assessment, adaptation strategy, plan implementation and maintenance. It includes appendices on funding sources, federal laws and executive orders, and regional climate summaries. (More…)/PDF)
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                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                              • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                              • Public Health and Safety
                              • Infrastructure
                              • Managed Ecosystems
                              • Natural Ecosystems
                              • Biota
                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                              • Recreation and Tourism
                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                              Region
                              • National
                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Great Lakes -- South East
                              Resources
                              Lead AgenciesNOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
                              Contacts
                              NameAdapting to Climate Change: An Introduction for Canadian Municipalities (2010)
                              DescriptionThis guide, an updated and expanded version of a 2006 booklet by the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network, provides background on the need for climate change adaptation, key ingredients for adaptaion planning, and case studies that illustrate how municipal decision-makers and staff can put in place climate change adaptation measures. (More…)/PDF)
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                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                              • Public Health and Safety
                              • Infrastructure
                              • Cross Disciplinary
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                                Lead AgenciesPublic Works and Government Services Canada PWGSA)
                                Contactsdroitdauteur@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca.
                                NameAdapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners
                                DescriptionAdapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners, provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns and adaptation options in coastal areas. The document is both a tool and a link to other resources for assessing vulnerability, developing and implementing adaptation, and integrating options into programs, plans, and projects.(More…)/PDF)
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                                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                Sector
                                • Infrastructure
                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                • Economic Resources
                                • Recreation and Tourism
                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                Region
                                • National
                                Resources
                                Lead AgenciesClimate Frontlines, USAID
                                ContactsRichard Volk (Water team) or John Furlow (Climate Program), climatechange@USAID.gov or Pam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resources Center, climatechange@crc.uri.edu
                                NameAdvanced Circulation Model for Oceanic, Coastal, and Estuarine Waters
                                DescriptionThe Advanced Circulation Model for Oceanic, Coastal, and Estuarine Waters (ADCIRC) is a hydrodynamic model, which means it projects the motion of water. It can be used to model (in two or three dimensions) tide and wind driven circulation, to project storm surge and flooding, and for other applications. The model can also be used to predict wave height and run-up, particularly when seamless bathymetric and topographic data are available(More…)/PDF)
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                                • Services: Other
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                                  • National
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                                  Lead AgenciesNOAA
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                                  NameAdvancing Statewide Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Lessons from State and Local Governments Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change
                                  DescriptionAdvancing Statewide Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Lessons from State and Local Governments Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change compares and draws lessons from the comprehensive climate change adaptation efforts conducted by Alaska, California, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. The study systematically compares the climate change adaptation documents, evaluating the breadth of contents within each plan such as the climate change impacts included, the resource-based sectors addressed, and the specific plan elements. In addition to what the documents include, the study identifies the specific courses of action chosen by states to pursue future adaptation. (More…)/PDF)
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                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                  • Products: Other
                                  Sector
                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                  • Infrastructure
                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                  • Economic Resources
                                  • Recreation and Tourism
                                  • Cross Disciplinary
                                  Focus Area
                                  Region
                                  • National
                                  • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                  Lead AgenciesThe Center for Climate Action
                                  Contacts
                                  NameAgricultural Adaptation Strategy for the Tantramar Region (2011)
                                  DescriptionA study funded by the New Brunswick Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) for the Sackville area examined flood risk areas and possible adaptation and mitigation options, including a section on agricultural production. Much of the agricultural land in the Tantramar region is in low-lying dyked land in the direct path of storm surges and sealevel rise. The report ncludes flood risk maps indicating agricultural land that would be affected by storm events, and additional map scenarios.(More…)/PDF)
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                                    • Managed Ecosystems
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                                      Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association
                                      ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                      NameAmerica's Climate Choices
                                      DescriptionAs part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The reports are part of a Congressionally-requested suite of five studies known as America's Climate Choices.(More…)/PDF)
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                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                      • Infrastructure
                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                      • Biota
                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                      • Economic Resources
                                      • Recreation and Tourism
                                      • Cross Disciplinary
                                      Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                      • International
                                      Resources
                                      Lead AgenciesNational Research Council
                                      Contacts
                                      NameAn Evaluation of Flood Risk to Infrastructure across the Chignecto Isthmus
                                      DescriptionWith sea-level rise (SLR) estimates of 1 to 5 m predicted for the Chignecto Isthmus by 2100, and more intense storms another likely consequence of climate change, Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) has real concerns for protecting the significant public infrastructure that it has to manage. Flood modeling using a new high-resolution digital elevation model (Lidar-DEM) of the Isthmus terrain between the upper Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Strait clearly shows (1) critically low segments within agricultural dykes in NS and NB that would flood during storm surges that coincide with high tides,(2) dyke overtopping at these low areas and flooding of portions of the Canadian National Railway and Trans-Canada Highways(delays in inter-provincial and international trade with a value of $50 million per day), (3) extensive flooding of local roads and protected dykelands, and (4) salt water damage to agricultural lands and the many non-agricultural, public and private assets (with more than ten times the value of agricultural assets according to recent estimates from NS Agriculture).(More…)/PDF)
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                                        Sector
                                        • Infrastructure
                                        • Economic Resources
                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                        Region
                                          Resources
                                          Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR)
                                          Contacts
                                          NameAn Introduction to Climate Change: A Canadian Perspective (2005)
                                          DescriptionChapters 1 to 4 of the report summarize our current scientific understanding of climate change and its global impact. The data in these chapters have been derived primarily from the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (particularly the third assessment report released in 2001) and key scientific papers published in the international peer reviewed literature in recent years. The Panel’s reports represent the most recent and comprehensive assessments of the issue by the international scientific community. Chapter 5 examines the many possible impacts of a warmer climate on Canada. Much of the information in this chapter is derived from related national assessments. In conclusion, Chapter 6 examines what must be and is being done to respond to this important issue.(More…)/PDF)
                                          Type
                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                          • Services: Engagement
                                          Sector
                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                          Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                          Region
                                            Resources
                                            Lead AgenciesEnvironment Canada
                                            Contacts
                                            NameAnalytical Modeling of Saltwater Intrusion: Tests from NS and the Eastern US
                                            DescriptionAbstract: Need has arisen to develop a simple method to assess the risk of seawater intrusion (SWI) for the purpose of managing fresh groundwater resources in coastal areas. An investigation was completed to assess the ability of the two-dimensional analytical solution from Strack (1976) to evaluate the risk of saltwater intrusion to a pumping well under a variety of aquifer conditions in Nova Scotia and the eastern United States. Strack’s solution provides a simple, physically based method of comparing the relative risk of SWI based on the relationship between aquifer properties, but is not reliable for predicting saltwater intrusion in pumping wells(More…)/PDF)
                                            Type
                                              Sector
                                              • Infrastructure
                                              Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
                                              Region
                                                Resources
                                                Lead AgenciesNova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Francis St. Xavier University
                                                Contacts
                                                NameAnnual & seasonal animation model (in development)
                                                DescriptionThe goals of CCCSN are: - Support climate change impact and adaptation research in Canada and other countries; - Support stakeholders requiring scenario information for decision-making and policy development; - Provide access to the work of AIRS, an Environment Canada research group under the auspices of the Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate; and - Provide access to Canadian research on the development of scenarios and adaptation research. (More…)/PDF)
                                                Type
                                                • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                Sector
                                                  Focus Area
                                                  Region
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesEnvironment Canada Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network
                                                    Contacts
                                                    NameAnnual floods in New England (USA) and Atlantic Canada: synoptic climatology and generating mechanisms
                                                    DescriptionFrom the Abstract: New England and Atlantic Canada are characterized by mixed flood regimes that reflect different storm types, antecedent land surface conditions, and flood seasonality. Mixed flood regimes are known to complicate flood risk analyses, yet the synoptic climatology and precipitation mechanisms that generate annual floods in this region have not been described in detail. We analyzed a set of long-term annual flood records at climate-sensitive stream gauges across the region and classified the synoptic climatology of each annual flood, quantitatively describing the precipitation mechanisms, and characterize flood seasonality. We find that annual floods here are dominantly generated by Great Lakes-sourced storms and Coastal lows, known locally as ‘nor’easters.’ Great Lakes storms tend to be associated with lower magnitude annual floods (<75th percentile) and Coastal lows are more clearly associated with higher magnitude events (>75th percentile). Tropical cyclones account for few of all annual floods, including extreme events, despite causing some of the region’s largest and most destructive floods. Late winter/early spring is when the greatest number of annual floods occur region wide, and rainfall is the dominant flood-producing mechanism. Rainfall in combination with snowmelt is also important. Both mechanisms are expected to be impacted by projected regional climate change. We find little evidence for associations between flood-producing synoptic storm types or precipitation mechanisms and large-scale atmospheric circulation indices or time periods, despite upward trends in New England annual flood magnitudes. To more completely investigate such associations, partial duration flood series that include more floods than just the largest of each year, and their associated synoptic climatologies and precipitation mechanisms, should be analyzed.(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Data: In situ Observations
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Cross Disciplinary
                                                    Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead Agencies
                                                    Contacts
                                                    NameAnticipatory Planning for Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast of Maine
                                                    DescriptionAnticipatory Planning for Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast of Maine constitutes Maine's first systematic assessment of its vulnerability to a change in shoreline position as a result of accelerated sea-level rise associated with global climate change. The report was prepared as a State-University cooperative project by the Marine Law Institute of the University of Maine School of Law, the Maine Geological Survey, and the Maine State Planning Office (EPA funded report).(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    • Services: Engagement
                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                    • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                    • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesMarine Law Institute of the University of Maine School of Law, the Maine Geological Survey, and the Maine State Planning Office
                                                    Contacts
                                                    NameAn Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine  Environment
                                                    DescriptionThis paper describes a portfolio of adaptation policies. Adaptation policies are defined as "the actions taken to enhance the resilience of human and natural systems to the effects of climate change and variability for marine and coastal environments within the United States and its territories."  For each policy, the paper includes questions related to the applicability of the policy to specific locations and scales, timing, and other questions related to implementing policies. The paper also includes information on climate impacts to coasts and marine ecosystems. (More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                    • Biota
                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                    Region
                                                    • National
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesResources for the Future
                                                    ContactsDavid Kling, Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, University of California, Davis; kling@primal.ucdavis.edu
                                                    NameApplication of Ecological and Economic Models of the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise to the Delaware Estuary
                                                    DescriptionThe report describes a new approach to climate adaptation planning that draws from the assessment of natural resource damages associated with oil spills and other episodic events. The analytic framework couples the wetland change modeling in SLAMM (Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model) with traditional damage assessment methods via habitat equivalency analysis (HEA). The report estimates gains and losses in the ecological service flows provided by coastal habitats as well as the type and size of projects necessary to maintain current wetland services. Potentially, these projects can be either restoration of degraded habitats or preventative measures taken to avoid future loss. The framework in the report can be used for identifying and valuing the cost of efforts to address potential changes in wetlands habitats(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
                                                    ContactsPartnership for the Delaware Estuary, Info@DelawareEstuary.org, 302-655-4990
                                                    NameApplication of the Sea Level Rise Affecting Marsh Model (SLAMM) Using High Resolution Data At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
                                                    DescriptionPrime Hook NWR is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Part of the refuge are coastal impoundments that are threatened by sea-level rise and storms. As a part of this update, the Refuge is integrating climate change into its management alternatives. To do so, the NWR is using the Sea-Level Rise Affecting Marshes Model. The Delaware Coastal Programs assisted the Refuge in using the model to predict the land cover changes due to sea level rise. This report includes a description of the model, the results of the modeled scenarios, and an explanation of the deviations from a similar modeling effort done for the region.(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                    • Products: Other
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesU.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency
                                                    ContactsRobert W. Scarborough, Ph.D., DNREC, DSWC, Delaware Coastal Programs, Bob.Scarborough@state.de.us
                                                    NameApplication of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM 5.1) to Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge
                                                    DescriptionThe Sea-Level Rise Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) was applied to Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in an effort to address the potential effects of sea level rise on United States national wildlife refuges. Most Region 8 NWRs were analyzed. This analysis was done to help with development of the NWF's comprehensive conservation plan and other (More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesU.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency
                                                    ContactsBrian Czech, Conservation Biologist, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, Brian_Czech@fws.gov
                                                    NameApplying the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment to Natural Heritage Resources in Virginia
                                                    DescriptionZoologists and Botanists at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage identified 40 species (20 plant species and 20 animal) to assess for their predicted responses to climate change stressors using NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index. This tool consists of aprogrammed in a Microsoft Excel workbook; uses downscaled climate predictions provided by the Climate Wizard; requires knowledge about current distribution and natural history of the species being assessed; predicts whether a species will decline, remain stable, or increase in numbers or distribution within an assessment area; identifies key factors associated with vulnerability for assessed species; and is complementary to NatureServe Conservation Status Ranks (assessment factors do not overlap). The Index uses a scoring system that integrates a species’ predicted exposure to climate change within an assessment area and three sets of factors associated with climate change sensitivity, each supported by published studies: 1) indirect exposure to climate change, 2) species specific factors (including dispersal ability, temperature and precipitation sensitivity, physical habitat specificity, interspecific interactions, and genetic factors), and 3) documented response to climate change.(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Biota
                                                    Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                    Region
                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage
                                                    ContactsAnne Chazal, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, anne.chazal@dcr.virginia.gov
                                                    NameAquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Global Change Vulnerability Assessments
                                                    DescriptionThis report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential impacts of global change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this final report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations. The focus is on aquatic systems, including marine and coastal. (More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                    Sector
                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                    • Biota
                                                    Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                    Region
                                                    • National
                                                    Resources
                                                    Lead AgenciesU.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Global Change Research Program
                                                    ContactsChris Weaver, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, weaver.chris@epa.gov
                                                    NameARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES)
                                                    DescriptionARIES was designed to make land use policy and environmental decisions easier and more effective by helping users map and quantify environmental assets and the factors that influence their value. ARIES allows users to model and quantify the impacts of landscape feature changes on the provision of ecosystem services, thereby allowing the evaluation and comparison of alternative scenarios for climate change, land use, or land cover scenarios and policies for addressing them. Modeling the flow of ecosystem services from their source to use locations allows critical pathways (and their intersections) to be identified that are necessary for one or more services to travel across time and space. This information can be used to establish sensible and sustainable policies for governing land development, habitat protection, and ecosystem restoration efforts. ARIES can be used in any geographical area to explicitly map the linkages between ecosystems that provide services and particular groups of human beneficiaries. Additionally, the ARIES platform fills a void in current methodologies for quantifying ecosystem services through its use of semantic modeling and the inclusion of Bayesian and artificial intelligence techniques(More…)/PDF)
                                                    Type
                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                    Sector
                                                      Focus Area
                                                      Region
                                                      • National
                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                      Resources
                                                      Lead AgenciesThe ARIES Consortium
                                                      Contactsinfo@ariesonline.org
                                                      NameAssessing Future Risk: Quantifying the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Storm Surge Risk for the Southern Shores of Long Island, New York
                                                      DescriptionAbstract: Sea level rise threatens to increase the impacts of future storms and hurricanes on coastal communities. However, many coastal hazard mitigation plans do not consider sea level rise when assessing storm surge risk. Here we apply a GIS-based approach to quantify potential changes in storm surge risk due to sea level rise on Long Island, New York. We demonstrate a method for combining hazard exposure and community vulnerability to spatially characterize risk for both present and future sea level conditions using commonly available national data sets. Our results show that sea level rise will likely increase risk in many coastal areas and will potentially create risk where it was not before. We find that even modest and probable sea level rise (.5 m by 2080) vastly increases the numbers of people (47% increase) and property loss (73% increase) impacted by storm surge. In addition, the resulting maps of hazard exposure and community vulnerability provide a clear and useful example of the visual representation of the spatial distribution of the components of risk that can be helpful for developing targeted hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation strategies. Our results suggest that coastal agencies tasked with managing storm surge risk must consider the effects of sea level rise if they are to ensure safe and sustainable coastal communities in the future. (More…)/PDF)
                                                      Type
                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                      Sector
                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                      Region
                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                      Resources
                                                      Lead AgenciesThe Nature Conservancy
                                                      ContactsChristine Shepard, The Nature Conservancy, University of California - Santa Cruz, cshepard@tnc.org
                                                      NameAssessing the Impact of Saltwater Intrusion in the Carolinas under Future Climatic and Sea Level Conditions
                                                      DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: "The goal of this research is to support coastal decision-makers in North Carolina and South Carolina by providing information about potential future precipitation and sea level conditions under increased climate variability and by examining how industries, community water and sewer districts, and coastal resource managers might adapt to future changes in the freshwater supply. To this end, scientists from the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA), United States Geological Survey (USGS) South Carolina Water Science Center, and Advanced Data Mining International (ADMi) investigated the threat of saltwater intrusion in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River (YPDR) basin under conditions influenced by ongoing and future climatic change, with an emphasis on changes in the frequency and duration of saltwater intrusion events with increasing sea levels. In addition, project leaders enhanced a decision support system (DSS) that is relevant and user-friendly to incorporate planning for future coastal climate change. Of central focus in this study was the ever-present need to address how humans will respond to ongoing and future changes in our environment, particularly under climatic regimes that may not have been felt by present society."(More…)/PDF)
                                                      Type
                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                      Sector
                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
                                                      Region
                                                      • Regional Or State -- South East
                                                      Resources
                                                      Lead AgenciesCarolinas Integrated Sciences (CISA) and Assessments and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
                                                      Contacts
                                                      NameAssessing the Vulnerability of Key Habitats in New York: A Foundation for Climate Adaptation Planning (2013)
                                                      DescriptionRecognizing that climate change is already affecting ecological systems in New York, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in cooperation with New York's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources (DFWMR) conducted a statewide habitat vulnerability assessment in an effort to evaluate the vulnerability of New York's primary habitats. The assessment focused on upland systems that together cover 65 to 70% of the total land area in New York. The assessment was focused on addressing a series of important questions about vulnerability: which habitats are likely to be most vulnerable; to what extent will non-climate stressors contribute to their vulnerability; and for which habitats might it be most feasible, operationally and economically, to reduce these vulnerabilities? This report includes a comprehensive evaluation of the impacts of climate change on a suite of macro-level New York habitats, and an overview of adaptation strategies that serve to increase the adaptive capacity and/or resiliency of several target species and habitats.(More…)/PDF)
                                                      Type
                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                      • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                      • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
                                                      Sector
                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                      • Biota
                                                      Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                      Region
                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                      Resources
                                                      Lead AgenciesNational Wildlife Federation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
                                                      Contacts
                                                      NameAssessing Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure – Hampton Roads Virginia Pilot
                                                      DescriptionThis report results from one of the Federal Highway Administration's 2011-2012 climate change impact pilot projects. Hampton Roads, VA, is highly vulnerable to sea level rise impacts, and was chosen as a site to test the conceptual framework developed by FHWA; the framework helps assess these risks and establish priorities for long-term transportation planning.(More…)/PDF)
                                                      Type
                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                      Sector
                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                      Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                      Region
                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                      Resources
                                                      Lead AgenciesVDOT, UVA, Center for Transportation Studies, Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Research (VCTIR), Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
                                                      ContactsRebecca Lupes, U.S. DOT, rebecca.lupes@dot.gov
                                                      NameAssessment of Infrastructure Relevant to the Fishing and Aquaculture Industries
                                                      DescriptionThis report describes the social and economic value of infrastructure relevant to Nova Scotia's fishery and aquaculture industries (valued at the time of writing at more than $500 million); an inventory of infrastructure relevant to the fishery and aquaculture industries and climate change risks and vulnerabilities of this infrastructure; means of assessing that vulnerability and an inventory of specific approaches that can be used consistently as a tool by Nova Scotia's DFA to address that vulnerability. (More…)/PDF)
                                                      Type
                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                      Sector
                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                      Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
                                                      Region
                                                        Resources
                                                        Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture
                                                        Contacts
                                                        NameAssessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability
                                                        DescriptionInternational Research Institute for Climate & Society 2010 Report "Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability". Intraseasonal to interannual (ISI) climate forecasts make up the middle ground between what you might think of as a classic weather forecast — one that typically looks out over the next several days — and global climate change simulations that look at trends in long-term climate out to the end of the 21st century. More specifically, ISI forecasts focus on weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual timescales. These timescales are important for planning in sectors like water resource management, agriculture, and energy.(More…)/PDF)
                                                        Type
                                                        • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                        • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                        Sector
                                                          Focus Area
                                                          Region
                                                          • International
                                                          • National
                                                          • Regional Or State
                                                          Resources
                                                          Lead AgenciesInternational Research Institute for Climate & Society 2010 Report
                                                          Contacts
                                                          NameAssessment of LIDAR for Simulating Existing and Potential Future Marsh Conditions in Casco Bay
                                                          Description"For this project, the Maine Geological Society (MGS) simulated the impacts of sea level rise on tidal inundation levels, and also used tidal elevations as proxies for existing coastal wetland boundaries. These tidal elevations were calculated by MGS using NOAA NOS Tide Charts (NOS, 2009a), and benchmark data sheets for Portland, Maine (NOS, 2009b). LIDAR raster data was used to create simulations of both existing marsh conditions, and potential future marsh conditions after sea level rise. Analysis was done for Cousins River, Yarmouth; BAck Cove, Portland; and Thomas Bay, Brunswick. " (More…)/PDF)
                                                          Type
                                                          • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                          • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                          • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                          Sector
                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                          Region
                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                          Resources
                                                          Lead AgenciesCasco Bay Estuary Partnership and Maine Geological Survey
                                                          ContactsPeter A. Slovinsky, Coastal Geologist, Stephen M. Dickson, Marine Geologist
                                                          NameAssessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on Ground-Level Ozone
                                                          DescriptionEPA report on the potential impacts of climate change on regional U.S. air quality was prepared by EPA ORD's Global Change Research Program entitled "Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on Ground-Level Ozone." Report concludes CC could make U.S. air quality management more difficult, and therefore future air quality management decisions should begin to account for the impacts of CC.(More…)/PDF)
                                                          Type
                                                            Sector
                                                              Focus Area
                                                              Region
                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                              Resources
                                                              Lead AgenciesEPA ORD's Global Change Research Program
                                                              ContactsCynthia Greene, Anne McWilliams
                                                              NameAtlantis Ecosystem Model
                                                              DescriptionCurrent fishery management decisions are based on tactical models (short-term decision-making) that typically omit climate, oceanography, nutrient availability, food web interactions, and other aspects of ecology. Atlantis was developed as a full ecosystem simulation model that incorporates these factors in a spatially explicit way. The model is intended for use as a strategic planning tool (long-term decision-making) that can complement annual cycles of stock assessment and policy decisions by allowing users to test management policies and assessment methods against representations of complex ecosystems. Atlantis is primarily used in fishery applications where it allows users to identify tradeoffs between and among species, fishing gear types, management goals, and the direct and indirect effects of different management policies. Atlantis can also address issues related to marine habitat, nutrients, and biodiversity.(More…)/PDF)
                                                              Type
                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                              Sector
                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                              Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                              Region
                                                              • International
                                                              • National
                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                              Resources
                                                              Lead AgenciesCSIRO
                                                              ContactsBeth Fulton, beth.fulton@csiro.au
                                                              NameBest Management Practices for Climate Change Adaptation in Dykelands: Recommendations for Fundy ACAS Sites
                                                              DescriptionThis project sought to assess the vulnerability of dykes under provincial jurisdiction in the Upper Bay of Fundy to climate change impacts and provide mitigation and management recommendations for the future. It includes: - An analysis of best practices using information from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia; - GIS assessment of individual dyke vulnerability with the Fundy ACAS communities; - Determination of new critical elevations and associated engineering modifications; - An assessment of current and potential future management practices (e.g. maintenance of foreshore, placement of armour rock, creek modifications); and - Recommendations of mitigation strategies and recommendations of coastal engineering practices to protect existing foreshore marsh.(More…)/PDF)
                                                              Type
                                                                Sector
                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                Region
                                                                • International
                                                                Resources
                                                                Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association St. Mary's University
                                                                Contacts
                                                                NameBioMap2: Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World
                                                                DescriptionTo capture all the elements of biodiversity, BioMap2 approaches the conservation of Massachusetts’ biological resources at multiple scales. Thus, BioMap2 combines hundreds of individual pieces of geospatial data about the state’s species, ecosystems, and landscapes. These elements of biodiversity falls into one of two complementary categories, Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape. Core Habitat identifies key areas to ensure the long-term persistence of species of conservation concern, exemplary natural communities, and intact ecosystems across the Commonwealth. The specific subcomponents of Core Habitat are: Species of Conservation Concern; Priority Natural Communities; Forest Core ; Aquatic Core; Wetland Core; and Vernal Pool Core. Critical Natural Landscape identifies larger landscape areas that are better able to support ecological processes, disturbances, and wide-ranging species. The specific subcomponents of Critical Natural Landscape are: Landscape Blocks; Foraging Habitat for Tern Species; Upland Buffers of Wetland Core; Upland Buffers of Aquatic Core; and Upland Habitat to Support Coastal Adaptation. BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape overlap in many locations. Together, Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape identify 2.1 million acres that are key to the protection of our state's biodiversity. The two elements of the BioMap2 protection strategy have a varied interplay across the Commonwealth. At times, the elements that drive the focused delineation of Core Habitat are nested within a buffer of Critical Natural Landscape. In other locations, Core Habitat or Critical Natural Landscape stands alone, taking the lead in identifying locations that warrant protection for specific elements of biodiversity or for the protection of larger ecological functions.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                Type
                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                Sector
                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                • Biota
                                                                Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                Region
                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                Resources
                                                                Lead AgenciesMassachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
                                                                Contactsnatural.heritage@state.ma.us
                                                                NameBLACK CARBON: A Science/Policy Primer
                                                                DescriptionOver the last decade, a growing body of evidence indicates that soot and smoke from incomplete combustion are major contributors to climate change. Black carbon, a soot component, is a potent climate driver that absorbs sunlight in the atmosphere, changes rainfall patterns, and when deposited on snow and ice, accelerates melting. In addition, soot can cause direct effects on health and agriculture. Climate and other effects of soot are magnified in broad regions where the strongest source emissions occur, but transported soot is also a major concern in the Arctic. The short atmospheric lifetime of soot particles also means that emissions reductions produce nearly immediate results, in contrast to most greenhouse gases (GHGs).(More…)/PDF)
                                                                Type
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                  Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • National
                                                                  Resources
                                                                  Lead Agencies PEW Center on Global Climate Change
                                                                  Contacts
                                                                  NameBombay Hook Hydrology/ Sediment Movement Study
                                                                  DescriptionFrom the September 2011 Compendium: Coastal areas and natural resources are particularly vulnerable to climate change, especially with respect to accelerated sea level rise, shoreline erosion, increased storm frequency and intensity, changes in rainfall, and related flooding among other potential impacts. Investigation of such impacts, specifically marsh depletion and increased mudflats at Bombay Hook, will be conducted to determine patterns of sediment flux in or out of the depleted marsh area. Data collection will involve conducting river transects within the Leipsic River using the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) and associated software to collect and process tide and current data. Water quality will also be monitored, specifically total sediment solids (TSS) to aid in determining sediment fluxes in or out of the depleted marsh area. This study will result in a written report that includes a summary of results; discussion of data analysis and statistical procedures. Results will be used to predict future changes in marsh depletion and to help determine marsh management techniques to counteract these impacts affecting the tidal marshes at Bombay Hook.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                  Type
                                                                  • Data: Surveys and Preliminary Assessments
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                  Resources
                                                                  Lead AgenciesDNREC Delaware Coastal Programs, US Fish and Wildlife Service
                                                                  Contacts
                                                                  NameBroad-scale Climate Influences on Cod (Gadus morhua) Recruitment on Georges Bank
                                                                  Description Published in 2011 in ICES Journal of Marine Science. Summarized from the abstract: The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) (indices of atmospheric variability and long-term sea surface temperature, respectively) were used to develop a model examining climate influences on Georges Bank cod recruitment. A simple Cushing-type model was developed, and then expanded to include climate influences. The resulting auto-regressive-integrative-moving average (ARIMA) type model (ARIMAX) produced reliable forecasts, and it is recommended that it be implemented in short term prediction for Georges Bank cod assessments and forecasts, as well as management strategies.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                  Type
                                                                  • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                  • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                  Resources
                                                                  Lead AgenciesFederal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Institute for Sea Fisheries; NOAA NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service)
                                                                  Contacts
                                                                  NameBuilding a Resilient Coast: Maine Confronts Climate Change
                                                                  DescriptionWorking together, Maine and Oregon Sea Grant Programs created the documentary video, Building a Resilient Coast. The video's five segments provide coastal property owners and municipalities to the opportunity to hear and see what their neighbors, municipal officials and climate experts say about storm events, coastal flooding and erosion; what theses events may mean for them, and what they can do about it. The video is available online or on DVD through Maine Sea Grant. The video was created as part of a larger project where Maine Sea Grant and Maine Cooperative Extension with funding from NOAA conducted a study over 2007 and 2008 to survey and conduct focus groups of property owners, municipal officials, and recreationists to determine barriers and benefits that coastal property owners and municipal officials face in taking action to prepare for impacts from coastal storms, flooding, and erosion. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Products: Other
                                                                  • Services: Engagement
                                                                  • Services: Education
                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                  • Economic Resources
                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                  Resources
                                                                  Lead AgenciesMaine Sea Grant
                                                                  ContactsKristen Grant, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant, 207.646.1555 x115, kngrant@maine.edu
                                                                  NameBuilding Adaptive and Resilient Communities Tool
                                                                  DescriptionThe Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) online tool offers municipal adaptation and resilience information and data for communities using ICLEI’s municipal adaptation methodology. With a username/password, municipal users have access to Milestone One of the Tool, allowing them to set the context for an adaptation plan. The Tool helps set up the fundamental building blocks of a significant municipal adaptation effort. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                  • Services: Engagement
                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                  Focus Area
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • International
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                                                                  Lead AgenciesICLEI Canada: Local Governments for Sustainability
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                                                                  NameBuilding Human Resilience: The Role of Public Health Preparedness and Response as an Adaptation to Climate Change
                                                                  DescriptionGlobal climate change will increase the probability of extreme weather events, including heatwaves, drought, wildfire, cyclones, and heavy precipitation that could cause floods and landslides. Such events create significant public health needs that can exceed local capacity to respond, resulting in excess morbidity or mortality and in the declaration of disasters. Human vulnerability to any disaster is a complex phenomenon with social, economic, health, and cultural dimensions. Vulnerability to natural disasters has two sides: the degree of exposure to dangerous hazards (susceptibility) and the capacity to cope with or recover from disaster consequences (resilience). Vulnerability reduction programs reduce susceptibility and increase resilience. Susceptibility to disasters is reduced largely by prevention and mitigation of emergencies. Emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities--including those that address climate change--increase disaster resilience. Because adaptation must occur at the community level, local public health agencies are uniquely placed to build human resilience to climate-related disasters. This article discusses the role of public health in reducing human vulnerability to climate change within the context of select examples for emergency preparedness and response.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Services: Engagement
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  Focus Area
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • National
                                                                  • Regional Or State
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                                                                  Lead AgenciesNational Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC
                                                                  Contacts
                                                                  NameBuzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
                                                                  DescriptionFrom the website: The Buzzards Bay NEP has updated our landmark 1991 Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), to reflect the progress achieved since that plan was finalized, the many tasks still not completed, as well as new challenges. The updated plan includes new, updated, and reaffirmed goals, objectives, and management solutions to meet the environmental needs for Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed into the next decade. The original plan was approved by EPA in 1992. The updated Buzzards Bay watershed management plan is meant to be a blueprint to continue to help guide municipalities and watershed partners in their ongoing efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources in the bay and surrounding watershed. We believe the update of the Buzzards Bay CCMP is also an excellent opportunity for municipalities to advance local priorities, and to request new measures or support from the state and federal government. While the Buzzards Bay watershed plan is not a regulatory document, the contents of the updated plan will help guide state and federal grants, technical assistance, and policy changes that will affect Buzzards Bay communities for years to come. For these reasons, the review of the new plan warrants the attention of local officials and the public.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                  • Economic Resources
                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                  Region
                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                  Resources
                                                                  Lead AgenciesBuzzards Bay National Estuary Program
                                                                  Contacts
                                                                  NameCanada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation
                                                                  DescriptionThis report provides an up-to-date picture of what climate change means for Canada in a range of sectors, including natural resources, food production, industry, biodiversity, health and infrastructure. It includes an overview of Canada's changing climate and an analysis of adaptation science. Report development involved over 90 authors, 115 expert reviewers and synthesizes over 1500 recent publications. Please follow the link below to access the assessment, which is downloadable by chapter or full report:(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                  • Services: Engagement
                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                  • Biota
                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                  • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                  Focus Area
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                                                                  • National
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                                                                  Lead AgenciesNatural Resources Canada
                                                                  ContactsNRCan Media Relations, Resource6582@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca
                                                                  NameCanadian Communities' Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change (2008)
                                                                  DescriptionBuilding on the experience Environment Canada’s Adaptation and Impacts Research Division (AIRD) has had working with decision-makers on climate and sustainability projects, this guide provides a process linked to on-going planning cycles to help planners, decision-makers, local practitioners and investors reduce climate change impacts and decrease greenhouse gas emissions while advancing sustainable development.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                  Sector
                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                    Lead AgenciesEnvironment Canada
                                                                    ContactsDon MacIver, Director Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada don.maciver@ec.gc.ca
                                                                    NameCanadian Institute of Planners Policy on Climate Change (2009)
                                                                    DescriptionA four-page summary containing a Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) declaration (citing the scientific basis for CIP climate-related policy); a statement of the institute's goals and objectives regarding climate change policy; and policy directives. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                    • Products: Other
                                                                    • Services: Engagement
                                                                    Sector
                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                    • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                      Lead AgenciesCanadian Institute of Planners
                                                                      Contacts
                                                                      NameCapacity for Climate Change Adaptation in New Brunswick Municipalities
                                                                      DescriptionThis research project sought to determine current state of concern and knowledge related to climate change in New Brunswick municipalities. A survey (completed by 39 percent of 104 municipalities) inquired about existence of plans and resources; experienced effects of climate change; capacity for adaptation action; and what resources/capacity are needed to cope with climatic changes. While many municipal respondents have seen first-hand effects and recognize climate change is real, most were not overly concerned about most of the impacts of climate change events (although some did express concern over impacts to water. Overall, there was a lack of formal adaptation planning (with most municipal plans not identifying strategies for climate change adaptation). Some of this absence appears related to lack of resources (staff, time, finances). Municipalities stated that climate adaptation planning is, and should be, a collaborative process involving local government, planning commissions, and provincial and federal governments. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                      • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                      • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                      Region
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                                                                        Lead AgenciesRural and Small Town Programme, Mount Allison University Funded by the Environmental Trust Fund
                                                                        ContactsRural and Small Town Programme, www.mta.ca/rstp
                                                                        NameCasco Bay Workshop on Land Trusts and Climate Change Adaptation Report
                                                                        DescriptionThe workshop on land trusts and climate change adaptation was hosted by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) for the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Program on November 18, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Fourteen participants attended this workshop, along with CBEP and ICF staff. Workshop participants were associated with several land trusts from across maine and regional organization such as Beginning with Habitat, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Maine Geological Survey, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Maine Land Trust Network. Land trusts at the workshop included Portland Trails (Land Trust for Portland), Portland North Land Trust Collaborative, Western Foothills Land Trust, Loon Echo Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. The objectives of the workshop were: ""(1) examine the potential impacts of climate change on land trusts; (2) foster discussion that will assist land trusts in incorporating climate change considerations into the planning process; and (3) gather information from the meeting to support a report to the wider Maine land trust community with findings on climate adaptation issues of concern to land trusts, information needs to support land trust climate adaptation planning, and tools to support planning efforts (flow charts, critical questions, ecological goals). (More…)/PDF)
                                                                        Type
                                                                        • Products: Other
                                                                        Sector
                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                        Region
                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                        Resources
                                                                        Lead AgenciesCasco Bay Estuary Partnership
                                                                        Contacts
                                                                        NameCatalyzing Low Carbon Development? The Clean Technology Fund
                                                                        DescriptionWorld Resources Institute Paper "Catalyzing Low Carbon Development? The Clean Technology Fund" This working paper summarizes key innovations and challenges associated with the Clean Technology Fund. It analyzes the first set of clean technology investment plans from Egypt, Mexico, and Turkey, and makes the case for greater emphasis on institutional capacity and governance in measuring program results. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                          • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                          Focus Area
                                                                          Region
                                                                          • International
                                                                          • National
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                                                                          Lead AgenciesWorld Resources Institute
                                                                          ContactsSMITA NAKHOODA
                                                                          NameCentury-Scale Series of Annual Precipitation Over the Contiguous United States and Southern Canada
                                                                          DescriptionCentury-Scale Series of Annual Precipitation Over the Contiguous United States and Southern Canada, in CDIAC, Trends '93. The century-long time series of Groisman and Easterling (1994) represent unbiased estimates of annual precipitation amount over the US and S. Canada.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                          • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                          • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                          Sector
                                                                            Focus Area
                                                                            Region
                                                                            • International
                                                                            • National
                                                                            • Regional Or State
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                                                                            Lead AgenciesNASA-- GCMD
                                                                            Contacts
                                                                            NameChanging Climate, Changing Communities: Municipal Climate Adaptation Guide and Workbook
                                                                            DescriptionThis guide offers a five-milestone methodology that local governments use in Canada's Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The guide offers a holistic process municipalities can use to investigate climate change impacts and devise specific strategies. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                            • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                            • Public Health and Safety
                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                            • Economic Resources
                                                                            • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                            Focus Area
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                                                                              Lead AgenciesICLEI Canada (Local Governments for Sustainability)
                                                                              Contacts
                                                                              NameChanging spatial distribution of fish stocks in relation to climate and population size on the Northeast United States continental shelf
                                                                              DescriptionFrom the Abstract: We analyzed temporal trends from 1968 to 2007 in the mean center of biomass, mean depth, mean temperature of occurrence, and area occupied in each of 36 fish stocks. Temporal trends in distribution were compared to time series of both local- and large-scale environmental variables, as well as estimates of survey abundance. Many stocks spanning several taxonomic groups, life-history strategies, and rates of fishing exhibited a poleward shift in their center of biomass, most with a simultaneous increase in depth, and a few with a concomitant expansion of their northern range. However, distributional changes were highly dependent on the biogeography of each species.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                              Type
                                                                              • Data: In situ Observations
                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                              Sector
                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                              Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                              Region
                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
                                                                              Resources
                                                                              Lead AgenciesNOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
                                                                              ContactsJonathan Hare, NOAA NMFS, jon.hare@noaa.gov
                                                                              NameCharacteristics of the April 2007 Flood at 10 Streamflow-Gaging Stations in Massachusetts
                                                                              DescriptionThis report indicates that a significant increase in the magnitude of floods of a given return interval (e.g., the 100-yr flood) has likely taken place in parts of the Commonwealth over the past several decades. "Characteristics of the April 2007 Flood at 10 Streamflow-Gaging Stations in Massachusetts," (SIR 2009–5068) by Phillip J. Zarriello and Carl S. Carlson.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                              Sector
                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                              Region
                                                                              • Regional Or State
                                                                              Resources
                                                                              Lead AgenciesUSGS/FEMA
                                                                              Contacts
                                                                              NameClimate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)
                                                                              Description"Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange" (CAKE) is a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. CAKE brings together EcoAdapt’s recognized leadership in developing the concepts and practices of climate adaptation with Island Press’s 27 years as the leading publisher of solutions-based environmental information to offer the most valuable, up-to-date, and authoritative materials on the subject. Just as importantly, it is intended to help build an innovative community of practice. It helps users to get beyond the limitations of their time and the unwieldy thicket of books, papers and articles.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                              Type
                                                                              • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                              • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                              Sector
                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                              • Biota
                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                              • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                              Region
                                                                              • National
                                                                              • Regional Or State
                                                                              Resources
                                                                              Lead AgenciesIsland Press and EcoAdapt
                                                                              Contacts
                                                                              NameClimate Adaptation Library
                                                                              DescriptionClimate Adaptation Library developed by Florida Institute of Technology. >650 PDF reports/articles on climate impacts/adaptation; 13 regions; Indexed Google search engine to support topical or geographic searches; Seven languages currently represented, with more pending; A billboard for climate webinars in English and Spanish.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                              • Services: Education
                                                                              Sector
                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                              • Biota
                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                              • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                              • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                              • Other
                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                              Region
                                                                              • National
                                                                              • Regional Or State
                                                                              Resources
                                                                              Lead AgenciesFlorida Institute of Technology
                                                                              Contacts
                                                                              NameClimate Change & Tourism: Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Communities in Nova Scotia (2012)
                                                                              DescriptionThis two-page factsheet directed toward tourism businesses describes ways that rural and coastal communities may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and opportunities tourism businesses have to prepare for these changes. It outlines benefits of adapting and provides specific measures to consider in response to common threats such as droughts and increased food costs.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                              • Services: Engagement
                                                                              Sector
                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                              • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
                                                                              Region
                                                                                Resources
                                                                                Lead AgenciesEcology Action Centre Canada's Rural Partnership
                                                                                ContactsCheticamp@ecologyaction.ca
                                                                                NameClimate Change Adaptation and Canadian Infrastructure (2013)
                                                                                DescriptionThis report summarizes current literature dealing with the challenge of adapting to climate change in Canada, with a particular focus on the country’s infrastructure. Published with support from the Cement Association of Canada, the report is intended to serve as a stimulus for further discussion around planned adaptation to climate change in Canada, with a particular focus on ensuring the viability of critical built infrastructure. The report explores climate impacts and risks to key infrastructure by region and by type. It also introduces a number of key policy, regulatory and financial tools for consideration. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                  Sector
                                                                                  • Infrastructure
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                                                                                    Lead AgenciesInternational Institute for Sustainable Development
                                                                                    Contactswww.iisd.org
                                                                                    NameClimate Change Adaptation Measures for Greater Moncton (2011)
                                                                                    DescriptionThe Greater Moncton area is a highly urbanized location with three municipalities that periodically experience both coastal and freshwater flooding in extreme precipitation events. This report seeks to provide the Greater Moncton area with a flood risk assessment based on climate change predictions and recommendations concerning vulnerable infrastructure, adaptation measures and governance structures.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                    • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                      Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association New Brunswick Department of Environment
                                                                                      ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                      NameClimate Change Adaptation Planning: A Handbook for Small Canadian Communities (2011)
                                                                                      DescriptionThe purpose of this handbook is to help small Canadian communities to prepare and implement a Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP). While relevant to communities at all scales, it focuses particularly on small Canadian communities that lack in-house planning resources, helping community planners take planning steps and strategic actions. It outlines a six-step process to facilitate community understanding of climate change adaptation planning. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                      • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNatural Resources Canada/Canadian Institute of Planners
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                                                                                        NameClimate Change Adaptation Report: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions
                                                                                        DescriptionGAO was asked to examine (1) what actions federal, state, local, and international authorities are taking to adapt to a changing climate; (2) the challenges that federal, state, and local officials face in their efforts to adapt; and (3) actions that Congress and federal agencies could take to help address these challenges. GAO also discusses its prior work on similarly complex, interdisciplinary issues. This report is based on analysis of studies, site visits to areas pursuing adaptation efforts, and responses to a Web-based questionnaire sent to federal, state, and local officials.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                                                        • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                        • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                        • Economic Resources
                                                                                        • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                        Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                        • National
                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                        Lead AgenciesGovernment Accountability Office
                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                        NameClimate Change Adaptation Strategy for Atlantic Canada (2008)
                                                                                        DescriptionThis document outlines the Council of Atlantic Environment Ministers’ Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation and means for collaborative work on this issue. This publication includes shared principles and goals, anticipated results and actions, and the proposed structure/governance a Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) among the Atlantic Provinces.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                        Region
                                                                                        • International
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                                                                                        Lead Agencies
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                                                                                        NameClimate Change and Biodiversity in Maine: Vulnerability of Habitats and Priority Species (2013)
                                                                                        DescriptionClimate change will affect Maine's ecosystems and biodiversity in many ways. This document summarizes a climate change vulnerability assessment of Maine's wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), state-listed Threatened or Endangered plant species, and Key Habitats of the Maine Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (ME CWCS). The goals of this assessment were to complete a vulnerability assessment of species and habitats, highlight the relationship between species and vulnerability and 21 ME CWCS Key Habitats, provide information to Maine natural resource managers and policy makers that will help focus conservation action, and facilitate incorporation of climate change information into an upcoming revision of the ME CWCS. The assessment involved over one-hundred biologists assessing the vulnerability of 442 species, and multiple habitat types.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                        • Services: Engagement
                                                                                        • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                                                        • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                        Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                        Region
                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                        Lead AgenciesManomet Center for Conservation Sciences
                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                        NameClimate Change and Cold Water Fish Habitat in the Northeast: A Vulnerability Assessment (2012)
                                                                                        DescriptionThis analysis attempts to estimate the likely vulnerability of riverine habitat for cold water fish to future climate change in the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) Region. The cold water fish community in this area comprises a number of species, but primarily salmonids, including brook, brown, and rainbow trout, all of which are restricted to waters that are consistently cold (<20oC) and well-oxygenated. The report evaluates potential vulnerability using a formal organizational framework that assumes the vulnerabilities of a species are a function of three main components - their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. Throughout their analyses, the authors identify and discuss the major uncertainties that effect vulnerability projections and suggest further work that could reduce such uncertainties.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                        Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                        Region
                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                        Resources
                                                                                        Lead AgenciesManomet Center for Conservation Sciences, National Wildlife Federation
                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                        NameClimate Change and Conservation: A Primer for Assessing Impacts and Advancing Ecosystem‐based Adaptation in The Nature Conservancy
                                                                                        DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This primer is intended to provide all Conservancy staff with an introduction to climate impacts and ecosystem‐based adaptation, a review of basic definitions, updates on new conservation planning approaches that incorporate adaptation, tools and resources to assist in impact analyses and strategy identification, an overview of ecosystem‐based adaptation in the policy arena, and summary information on adaptation approaches.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                        Lead AgenciesThe Nature Conservancy
                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                        NameClimate Change and its Effects on Ecosystems, Habitats and Biota
                                                                                        DescriptionThe State of the Gulf of Maine Report is a group of papers providing background information about the Gulf of Maine environment and issue papers discussing challenges identified by the Gulf of Maine Council as high priority. One of two theme papers discussing Climate Change impacts in the report, "Climate Change and its Effects on Ecosystems, Habitats and Biota" presents a discussion of driving forces, current trends, impacts and actions occurring in the Gulf of Maine. Papers included in the report will be updated periodically.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                        Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                        Region
                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                        Resources
                                                                                        Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, NOAA
                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                        NameClimate Change and Its Effects on Humans
                                                                                        DescriptionAccelerated climate change is anticipated to have wide-ranging effects on the future sustainability of the Earth due to adverse ecological, social and economic impacts (Stern 2006; McMullen and Jabbour 2009). 2e driving force is an increase in the Earth’s temperature as a result of human activities (e.g., release of greenhouse gases and changes in landscape characteristics). 2e Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects a global mean temperature increase of 1.1°C to 6.4°C by 2100, which is likely to a3ect storms and 4oods, and lead to a rise in sea level due to the thermal expansion of the oceans and the melting of ice sheets and glaciers (IPCC 2007a). Recent research e3orts estimate a global sea level rise of between 50 cm and 190 cm from 1990 to 2100 (see Vermeer and Rahmstorf 2009). 2ere are several parts of the Gulf of Maine coast line that are classi5ed as highly sensitive to the impacts of sea level rise because of risks associated with storm events. 2e physical extent of climaterelated impacts will vary depending on regional and local situations (Burtis 2006). Coastal communities in the Gulf of Maine will be impacted in numerous ways, including: health and well-being of communities (e.g., injury, mortality, migration, crime and security); access to services; design and placement of structures (e.g., buildings, bridges, and utilities); cost of living; loss of livelihoods, and the cumulative magnitude of climate change impacts (see Figure 1). Climate change mitigation and adaptation are becoming increasingly important to community management and there are numerous ongoing federal, provincial/state, county,(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                          • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                          • Economic Resources
                                                                                          • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                          • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                          Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                          Region
                                                                                          • International
                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                          Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council
                                                                                          Contacts
                                                                                          NameClimate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife: Volume 2 Habitat and Vulnerability
                                                                                          DescriptionThis report is the second product that is part of project carried out by Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife to help advance adaptation planning in the state related to the State Wildlife Action Plan. This project was funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society/Doris Duke. This report includes the results of a vulnerability assessment of fish and wildife and their habitats to climate change. The questions answered in this report include: How do the SWAP-targeted fish and wildlife habitats rank in terms of their likely comparative vulnerabilities to climate change?; How will the representation of these habitats in Massachusetts be altered by a changing climate?; Which vertebrate Species in Greatest Need of Conservation are likely to be most vulnerable to climate change?; and What degree of confidence can be assigned to the above predictions? An expert panel was formed to answer these questions and conduct the assessment and 20 habitats were analyzed. Species of Greatest Conservation Need were also assessed. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                          Focus Area
                                                                                          Region
                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                          Lead AgenciesMassachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
                                                                                          ContactsJohn O'Leary, Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife,john.oleary@state.ma.us
                                                                                          NameClimate Change and Sea Level Rise Information Exchange (Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean - MARCO)
                                                                                          DescriptionThis white paper profiles current information related to what each state in MARCO (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York) is undertaking or planning related to climate change and sea-level rise. The paper also includes information on barriers to implementation and what is important for successful climate change adaptation implementation. It also includes links and contact information where available. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                          • Products: Other
                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                          Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                          Region
                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                          Lead AgenciesMid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
                                                                                          Contacts
                                                                                          NameClimate Change and Shoreline Protection
                                                                                          DescriptionCoastal flooding, erosion, salt marsh migration, sedimentation, and storm damage are all common coastal hazards in Atlantic Canada. Many coastal communities face difficult decisions about protecting infrastructure and residences in the face of sea-level rise and storm surge. What should they abandon? What should they protect? Where will they retreat? What is needed is pro-active or anticipatory adaptive strategies for living with the effects of climate change. This reports focuses on ways to: • Consider climate change in coastal management planning; •Adopt strategies (such as retreat) to moderate harm caused by coastal hazards;and •Develop and adopt standards to guide the construction of infrastructure that can handle increasingly severe coastal hazards.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                          Region
                                                                                            Resources
                                                                                            Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association Natural Resources Canada
                                                                                            ContactsPrince Edward Island Department of Environment, Labour and Justice eotaylor@gov.pe.ca
                                                                                            NameClimate Change and the Chesapeake Bay: State-of-the-Science Review and Recommendations
                                                                                            DescriptionExcerpt from Executive Summary: The U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program charged the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) with reviewing the current understanding of climate change impacts on the tidal Chesapeake Bay and identifying critical knowledge gaps and research priorities. This report addresses that charge and provides the basis for incorporating climate change considerations into resource management decisions...The report begins with a summary of knowledge gaps and their implications for the Bay Program in Section I. Section II offers a detailed review of the relevant scientific literature and research. The report concludes with the recommendation to develop and implement a research coordination and support program that addresses the critical issues raised throughout the document. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                            Sector
                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                            • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Biota
                                                                                            • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                            Region
                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                            Resources
                                                                                            Lead AgenciesChesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee
                                                                                            ContactsChris Pyke, U.S. Green Building Council, cpyke@usgbc.org
                                                                                            NameClimate Change and the Delaware Estuary
                                                                                            DescriptionThe Delaware Estuary watershed and its natural resources will face a variety of challenges with climate change. Due to the many unique features of the Estuary, some aspects of changing climate may not be as severe here as in nearby watersheds and estuaries, whereas other changes may be more important. Since 2008, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has engaged experts from throughout the region to conduct an assessment of the vulnerabilities and adaptation options for three key resources of the Delaware Estuary: tidal wetlands, drinking water, and bivalve shellfish. These provide three case studies – a habitat case study, a human/water use case study, and a living resource case study – for looking at climate change impacts and how best to adapt to them here in the Delaware Estuary. These case studies represent the very first step in an adaptation planning process, the goal of which is to ensure the resiliency of this vast and valuable system as climate changes. For all three case studies, the top concerns among experts are the vulnerabilities of key resources to sea‐level rise and salinity changes, and flooding and precipitation effects. Whereas, many estuaries around the world are concerned with sea‐level rise, the vulnerability to salinity rise in the Delaware Estuary is somewhat unique, and especially notable because this system has the world’s largest freshwater tidal prism. Adaptation actions are outlined for each resource as well. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                            • Services: Engagement
                                                                                            Sector
                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                            • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Biota
                                                                                            • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                            Region
                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                            Resources
                                                                                            Lead AgenciesPartnership for the Delaware Estuary
                                                                                            ContactsDanielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, DKreeger@Delaware Estuary.org.
                                                                                            NameClimate Change Impacts in New Hampshire on Natural Resources and Economy
                                                                                            DescriptionNew Hampshire's social and economic health is predicated in part upon the health of its lakes and rivers, oceans and beaches, mountains, scenic towns, and natural areas. Natural features and aesthetic beauty contribute significantly to New Hampshire's fiber. Global climate change will affect the climate of New Hampshire. Doubling CO2 from pre-industrial levels is predicted to raise global average temperatures between 1.8 F and 6.3 F. Parts of New Hampshire could experience even slightly warmer trends. Higher temperatures may increase extreme events, and we may experience periods of winter thaw followed by intense cold; spring and summer drought; and summer heat stress. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                            • Services: Engagement
                                                                                            • Services: Education
                                                                                            Sector
                                                                                            • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                            • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                            • Biota
                                                                                            • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                            • Economic Resources
                                                                                            • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                            • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                            Lead AgenciesNH DES
                                                                                            Contacts
                                                                                            NameClimate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Climate Change Beliefs, Attitudes, Policy Preferences, and Actions
                                                                                            DescriptionYale research report, "Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Climate Change Beliefs, Attitudes, Policy Preferences, and Actions." The report is based on a nationally representative survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted in October and November. In short, the study found that even in the midst of the growing economic crisis, over 90 percent of Americans said that the United States should act to reduce global warming, including 34 percent who said the U.S. should make a large-scale effort, even if it has large economic costs. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                              • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                              Region
                                                                                              • National
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                                                                                              Lead AgenciesYale University
                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                              NameClimate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed: Past, Present, and Future
                                                                                              DescriptionFrom the report: This report describes how the climate of Casco Bay watershed in Maine has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region is likely to be affected by climate change. To generate future projections for Portland, Farmington, and Lewiston, simulated temperature and precipitation from four climate models were fitted to local, long-term weather observations. Two future scenarios were used for estimated carbon emissions. For the lower emissions scenario, conservation practices and development of renewable energy reduce emissions below those of today by 2100. In the higher emissions scenario, fossil fuels are assumed to remain a primary energy resource, and emissions grow four times the amount of today by 2100. The scenarios describe climate in terms of temperature and precipitation for three future periods: the near-term, 2010-2039, mid-century, 2040-2069, and end-of-century, 2070-2099. All changes are relative to a historical baseline, 1970-1999. " (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                              • Products: Other
                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                Region
                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                Resources
                                                                                                Lead AgenciesCasco Bay Estuary Partnership
                                                                                                Contacts
                                                                                                NameClimate Change in the Piscataqua/Great Bay Region: Past, Present, and Future
                                                                                                DescriptionThis report is a detailed assessment of climate change for coastal New Hampshire that describes how the region's climate has changed over the past century, and how climate may change over the course of this century based on different global greenhouse gas emission scenarios. The impacts of our changing climate are already affecting coastal communities. This report provides decision-relevant information on a regional scale to individual, municipal, regional, and state decision-makers. The information compiled in the climate assessment provides the foundation for developing local adaptation plans to a changing climate and this project will disseminate this information to seacoast municipalities. Adaptation can help reduce the vulnerability of both natural and social systems to climate change and variability, and can assist with preparing for and coping with negative impacts. Adapting to a changing climate requires both data and information at a spatial and temporal scale that is relevant to decision making. The information compiled in this climate change assessment report, combined with the NHCAW training programs, will provide the foundation for developing local adaptation planning to a changing climate. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                Sector
                                                                                                  Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                  Resources
                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesCarbon Solutions New England, Great Bay NERR, University of New Hampshire
                                                                                                  ContactsSteve Miller, Great Bay NERR, steve.miller@wildlife.nh.gov; Cameron Wake, UNH, Cameron.wake@unh.edu
                                                                                                  NameClimate Change Indicators in the United States, 2nd Edition
                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012, presents 26 indicators to help readers better understand observed trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. This document updates a report published by EPA in 2010. Various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations contributed data critical to the development of this report. EPA also received feedback from a diverse group of scientists, researchers, and communications experts in the public and private sectors. This feedback helped to inform the content and new features of this 2012 report. All of the indicators in this report are based on data that have been collected and compiled according to protocols accepted by the scientific community. The indicators were chosen using a standard set of criteria that considered usefulness, objectivity, data quality, transparency, ability to meaningfully communicate, and relevance to climate change. In addition, the report was peer-reviewed by independent technical experts. Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012, is written with the primary goal of informing readers’ understanding of climate change. In addition to presenting climate change observations and trends in the United States and globally, this report highlights the far-reaching significance of these changes and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society. This report is also designed to be useful for scientists, analysts, decision-makers, educators, and others who can use climate change indicators as a tool for: • Assessing trends in environmental quality, factors that influence the environment, and effects on ecosystems and society. • Effectively supporting science-based decisionmaking and communication. • Evaluating existing and future climate-related policies and programs.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                  Sector
                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                  • International
                                                                                                  • National
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                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesU.S. EPA, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division
                                                                                                  Contactsclimateindicators@epa.gov
                                                                                                  NameClimate Change Planning: Case Studies from Canadian Communities (2012)
                                                                                                  DescriptionCanadian Institute of Planners “Policy on Climate Change” has a directive for the organization to engage in “developing and disseminating best-practice recommendations for climate change mitigation and adaptation planning”.1 This compilation of climate change planning case studies helps fulfill this objective and presents 10 projects for the use of planners across Canada and elsewhere. One of the projects highlights at-risk infrastructure in the Tantramar dykelands of New Brunswick.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                    Region
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                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesCanadian Institute of Planners Natural Resources Canada
                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                      NameClimate Change Scenarios New Brunswick Municipalities: Final Report (2009)
                                                                                                      DescriptionThis report presents the results of a project involving seven New Brunswick municipalities (Saint John, Moncton, Dieppe, Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton and Edmunston) that sought to develop Climate Change Adaptation Strategies. Each strategy sought to“identify adaptation solutions and use local knowledge to develop and integrate solutions to climate change impacts that provide value to New Brunswick communities.” The project was modeled after a successful approach previously used in Fredericton.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                        • Economic Resources
                                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                        Region
                                                                                                        • International
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                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNew Brunswick Department of Environment/Environment Canada
                                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                                        NameClimate Change Science Initiative 2008-2012: Final Report
                                                                                                        DescriptionAs noted in the Department's five-year plan, the goal of Climate Change Science Initiative was to establish a program that would maintain core expertise and allow the development of national and international partnerships. Research was aligned with three major themes w: 1) understanding the role of oceans in regional climate, 2) assessing impacts of climate change on ecosystem composition, structure and function, and 3) investigating emerging issues that could impact ecosystem health. Initial prediction and scenario projects for the CCSI focused on downscaling climate change scenarios for ocean-ice variability in the three basins (Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic,) and on emerging issues wsuch as hypoxia and ocean acidification.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                        • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                        Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesFisheries and Oceans Canada
                                                                                                          Contacts
                                                                                                          NameClimate Change Science Initiative Final Report 2008-2012 (2012)
                                                                                                          DescriptionThe Climate Change Science Initiative (CCSI) was implemented as a pilot program by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (DFO) acknowledgingthe importance of climate model development in predicting climate change’s impacts on Canadian waters (both marine and fresh), as well as the value of models in understanding those impacts at the ecosystem level. It acknowledged that there are emerging issues related to climate change that have not been adequately researched, reflected in the three thematic areas under which projects were developed: climate change predictions and scenarios; ecosystem impacts and vulnerabilities; andemerging issues such as hypoxia and acidification(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                            • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                            Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                            Region
                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesFisheries and Oceans Canada
                                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Threatens Health
                                                                                                              DescriptionClimate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it can affect them. Children, the elderly, and communities living in poverty are among the most vulnerable. Click on a state on the map for more information on climate-health threats, actions being taken to prepare communities, and what you can do.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                              • Services: Education
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                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                              • National
                                                                                                              • Regional Or State
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                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNRDC
                                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of New Jersey's Transportation Infrastructure
                                                                                                              DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: In 2010, a partnership of New Jersey state agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations(the “New Jersey Partnership”) was awarded a grant from the Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) to conduct a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of transportation infrastructure from the impacts of climate change. The primary objective of this project is to pilot FHWA’s Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Conceptual Model using New Jersey as a case study, providing feedback for the advancement of the Conceptual Model as well as develop a greater awareness and understanding of the potential effects of climate change on transportation infrastructure in New Jersey. Based on the feedback received through this and the four other pilot projects funded across the United States, FHWA will revise and finalize the Conceptual Model for application nationwide. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                              Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesThe North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
                                                                                                              ContactsJeffrey Perlman, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, jperlman@njtpa.org
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Species of Concern in West Virginia
                                                                                                              DescriptionThis project assessed and ranked the relative climate change vulnerability of 185 animal and plant species in West Virginia. Most species were selected based on their status as Species of Greatest Conservation Need within the West Virginia Wildlife Conservation Action Plan. More than half of the taxa assessed were scored as vulnerable to climate change. Based on the results of the assessment and review of current literature, management recommendations were developed for consideration in the next revision of the West Virginia Wildlife Conservation Action Plan.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                              • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                              Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Central
                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesWest Virginia Division of Natural Resources
                                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Species of Concern in West Virginia.
                                                                                                              DescriptionAbstract: This project assessed and ranked the relative climate change vulnerability of 185 animal and plant species in West Virginia. Most species were selected based on their status as Species of Greatest Conservation Need within the West Virginia Wildlife Conservation Action Plan. Among the species identified in the state plan, priority was given to globally vulnerable or imperiled species identified by NatureServe (G1-G3), and selected species that are critically imperiled at the state level (S1). A small number of more common species were assessed. More than half of the taxa assessed were scored as vulnerable to climate change. Amphibians were the taxonomic group at highest risk, followed closely by fish, mollusks, and rare plants. Highly mobile taxonomic groups including birds and mammals appear to be somewhat less vulnerable, as are common and widespread habitat foundation plants. Obligate cave invertebrates are predicted to have strong resistance to climate change impacts. Species with high global Conservation Status Ranks (at risk throughout their range) are statistically only slightly more vulnerable to climate change than globally abundant species. State-level Conservation Status Ranks and climate change vulnerability are more closely correlated, but scores for individual species still vary widely. In other words, rare species are not always vulnerable to climate change, and common species are not necessarily resilient. Six of the twenty-three risk factors assessed were strongly correlated with vulnerability to climate change across all taxonomic groups in the state. They are (a) natural barriers to movement and dispersal, (b) anthropogenic barriers to movement and dispersal, (c) physiological thermal niche, (d) physiological hydrological niche, (e) genetic variation, and (f) modeled response. In terms of the relative vulnerability of different geographies in the state, downscaled climate models indicate that species in the northern part of the state may experience slightly greater warming than those at the southern margin. Species dependent on moist habitats or ephemeral streams and wetlands in the eastern and western portions of the state are likely to experience greater drought stress than those in the higher-elevation Allegheny Mountains, but all habitats are likely to face increased drought stress, especially during the summer and early fall. Species on the southern, or “trailing” edge of their global range are more likely to disappear from the state. High elevation species restricted to the cool, moist summits and plateaus of Allegheny Mountain region of the state are at increased risk because they have no possibility of migrating upward, and potential migration northward is blocked by significant low-elevation natural barriers to the north. Based on the results of the assessment and review of current literature, management recommendations were developed for consideration in the next revision of the West Virginia Wildlife Conservation Action Plan. Key recommendations are to increase habitat connectivity; manage for ecosystem function and habitat integrity; protect natural heritage resources; protect water quality and streamflow; aim for representation, resiliency, and redundancy; consider innovative and unconventional strategies; reduce existing non-climate change ecosystem stressors; monitor, model, and adaptively manage; forge new partnerships; and mitigate.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                              Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Central
                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesWest Virginia Division of Natural Resources
                                                                                                              ContactsElizabeth Byers, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, elizabeth.a.byers@wv.gov
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI)
                                                                                                              DescriptionThe NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index can help identify plant and animal species that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Using the Index, you apply readily available information about a species’ natural history, distribution and landscape circumstances to predict whether it will likely suffer a range contraction, population reductions, or both during the coming years. You can use the Index as part of a variety of analyses, including assessing the relative risk of species listed in State Wildlife Action Plans or part of any assessment of the vulnerability of species to climate change. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                              Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                              • National
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                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNatureServe
                                                                                                              ContactsBruce Young, NatureServe, bruce_young@natureserve.org
                                                                                                              NameClimate Change Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators
                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Toolkit Resources section of the Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators provides a dynamic list of the top resources developed and recommended by the partner agencies. Please check back regularly as this list will continue to grow.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                              • Services: Education
                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                              • International
                                                                                                              • National
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                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesUnited States Global Change Research Program
                                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                                              NameClimate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners
                                                                                                              DescriptionApril 2010 "Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners" from the Social Capital Project, which part of the Climate Leadership Initiative. Tips on how to frame and deliver communication and outreach efforts in ways that motivate changes in thinking and behavior.  The guide also offers detailed advice on how to frame global warming communications and promote behavior change in ways that resonate with different audiences.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                • Economic Resources
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                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesSocial Capital Project
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                                                                                                                NameClimate Impacts on U.S. Living Marine Resources: National Marine Fisheries Service Concerns, Activities and Needs
                                                                                                                DescriptionClimate Impacts on U.S. Living Marine Resources was released by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in 2008, as an enhancement of NMFS Strategic Plan for Fisheries Research (NMFS, 2007). Climate Impacts on U.S. Living Marine Resources discusses climate impacts on coastal environments, and presents regional chapter discussions. Each chapter identifies regional climate issues facing fisheries, outlines ongoing NMFS actions, and identifies outstanding needs for climate information.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
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                                                                                                                NameClimate Ready Estuaries Lessons Learned
                                                                                                                DescriptionEPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) provides targeted assistance to National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to plan for climate change. In its first years, CRE partners have successfully completed vulnerability assessments, engaged stakeholders, identified climate change indicators, and initiated adaptation planning efforts. This compilation presents best practices and lessons learned that are taken from the CRE annual progress report for 2010. The varied experiences of CRE partners around the country can guide other communities or organizations that are planning responses for climate change impacts.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                                                                • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                                                                • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                • Biota
                                                                                                                • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                • National
                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesEPA: Climate Ready Estuaries
                                                                                                                ContactsMel Cote
                                                                                                                NameClimate Ready Great Lakes
                                                                                                                DescriptionClimate Ready Great Lakes is a project built to assist with climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region. Divided into three modules, the project provides presentations, as well as supplemental evaluations and worksheets to assist users with understanding regional climate impacts, adaptation planning, and finding available resources and tools. Additional information provided includes an annotated bibliography, information about funding sources, a review climate related legislation and executive orders, and a training manual.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic -- Great Lakes
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                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesGreat Lakes Sea Grant Network, the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team
                                                                                                                ContactsRochelle Sturtevant, Regional Sea Grant Extension Educator, Rochelle.Sturtevant@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                NameClimate Ready Water Utilities Toolbox
                                                                                                                DescriptionThe Climate Ready Water Utilities Toolbox provides a searchable database for water utilities to identify relevant climate change-related impacts and target resources for responding to those challenges, including: Current federal, state, and association activities related to climate change impacts on water resources and utilities; Grant programs that could support climate-related actions by utilities and municipalities; Publications and reports; Tools and models, workshops and seminars. Resources searchable by utility type and size, region, water resources, climate change impacts, and climate response strategies. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                                                                                • Local/City
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                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                ContactsJackie LeClair
                                                                                                                NameClimate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century
                                                                                                                DescriptionClimate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world's leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released on Dec 10, 2009 by the United Nations Environment Program. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                  • Economic Resources
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                                                                                                                  • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                  • International
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                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesUnited Nations Environment Program
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                                                                                                                  NameClimate Science 2008: Major New Discoveries.
                                                                                                                  DescriptionJuly 2009, World Resources Institute (WRI) released its annual review of climate science: Climate Science 2008: Major New Discoveries. This annual WRI review highlights the latest major research and innovations in climate change science and technology. It presents a timely synthesis of current understanding of global warming at a critically important time for the United States and the world.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                      • International
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                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesWorld Resources Institute (WRI)
                                                                                                                      ContactsKelly Levin and Dennis Tirpak, 202.729.7600
                                                                                                                      NameClimate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
                                                                                                                      DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This report examines some of the factors that make estuaries and the communities dependent on estuarine resources susceptible to climate change. The work is focused in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) a collection of 28 reserves located around the U.S. and Puerto Rico, which are managed as a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states for long-term research, ecosystem monitoring, education, and coastal stewardship. The NERRS is uniquely positioned to assess climate change impacts in the nation’s estuaries because the system is composed of a diverse set of managed coastal ecosystems encompassing different biogeographic regions and estuarine types that are exposed to various gradients of human- and climate-related stressors. The study 1) analyzes and synthesizes available information and data that describe the physical, ecological and socio-demographic attributes of the reserves, 2) identifies the dominant stressors that impact reserves and examines reserve ecological resiliency, and 3) categorizes reserves based on their potential sensitivities to climate hazards/variables, ecological resiliency, projected changes in temperature,and projected sea level rise.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System NERRS
                                                                                                                      ContactsDwight Trueblood, NOAA Estuarine Research Devision, dwight.trueblood@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                      NameClimate Variability and Coastal Community Resilience: Testing a National Model of State-based Outreach
                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe Maine Sea Grant College Program, in partnership with the Oregon Sea Grant College Program, conducted a two-year NOAA-funded project: 1) to study how climate variability and coastal hazards may be affecting Maine and Oregon's coastal regions and how these impacts relate to coastal development in the two states; 2) to encourage and facilitate collaboration among and between decision makers and coastal property owners to determine and implement appropriate responses to climate variability on short and longer timescales; 3) to discover the barriers that targeted groups in the states have to taking action to prepare for or mitigate the effects of climate change; and 4) to develop educational and informational materials and strategies concerning n these topics. The ultimate goal of the project is to have definitive actions that result in coastal communities being more resilient to climate variability. In Maine this included a survey and focus groups of property owners, municipal officials, and recreationists to determine "barriers and benefits that coastal property owners and municipal officials face in taking action to prepare for impacts from coastal storms, flooding, and erosion." This report summarizes the results of this project and the surveys and focus groups. The project also resulted in a documentary and a website. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                      • Products: Other
                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                      • Services: Education
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                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesMaine Sea Grant
                                                                                                                      ContactsKristen Grant, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant, 207.646.1555 x115, kngrant@maine.edu
                                                                                                                      NameClimate Wizard
                                                                                                                      DescriptionNew CC tool from the Nature Conservancy. The outputs of the site are color coded maps of climate change over a specific area. It allows one home in on a particular area, like Lake Champlain, and there are several cells that cover the lake, One can pick a GCM scenario (there are several to choose from) and pick the version (hi, med, low) of the intensity of the change. As for variables, it's temperature and precipitation, month by month or season by season, and there are two periods of projections along with the current situation as modeled (for a base line). One can pick the projected temperature and precipitation or the change that the projection represents from the baseline.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                      • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                                                                      • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                      • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                      • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                        Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNature Conservancy
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                                                                                                                        NameClimate‐Change Science and Policy: What Do We Know? What Should We Do
                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe problem is that the world is getting most of the energy its economies need in ways that are wrecking the climate its environment needs.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                        • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                        • Services: Education
                                                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                        • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                                                                                        • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesJohn P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President of the United States
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                                                                                                                        NameCOastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST)
                                                                                                                        DescriptionCOastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST) is an approach to assess the costs and benefits of adapting to sea-level rise scenarios developed by the New England Environmental Finance Center. This approach focuses on the cost of damage from sea-level rise and storm surges. This approach uses GIS and incorporates various sources of existing data, including U.S. Army Corps depth-damage functions, NOAA's Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH), and other flood methods as well as sea-level rise scenarios, property values, and infrastructure costs. This tool is primarily meant for municipal planners, but is freely available to all users. Please see the entry under Maine for more information on it being used at a project level. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                        • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State
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                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNew England Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
                                                                                                                        ContactsSam Merrill, smerrill@usm.maine.edu (207) 228-8596
                                                                                                                        NameCoastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms
                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis website provides access to information on research that focuses on understanding the magnitude and variability of the impacts of hurricanes and extreme storms on the sandy beaches of the United States. The overall objective is to improve the capability to predict coastal change that results from severe storms. Such a capability will support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                        • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                        • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                        Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesU.S. Geological Survey
                                                                                                                        ContactsRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov, (508) 457-2350
                                                                                                                        NameCoastal Dead Zones and Global Climate Change Ramifications of Climate Change for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia
                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis report is part of a larger report entitled Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States. This case study looks at how hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay is affected by climate variabilty and projected climate change and what this may mean in terms of obstacles to existing ecosystem restoration. The case study uses past observations to determine the various impacts climate may have on hypoxia and what the results are for the ecosystem. Using this information, the case study includes a projection of how climate change is likely to affect hypoxia, and how climate change will affect attainment of restoration goals. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                        • Products: Other
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                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                        Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesPew Center on Global Climate Change, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
                                                                                                                        ContactsDonald F. Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, boesch@umces.edu
                                                                                                                        NameCoastal Dykelands in the Tantramar Area: Impacts of Climate Change on Dyke Erosion and Flood Risk (2011)
                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis report set out to model vulnerable sections of the Tantramar dykes using information obtained by remote sensing and ground survey; and to assess the infrastructure at risk in the Tantramar region due to climate‐induced sea-level rise. Flood high‐water marks were mapped using recent estimates calculated as part of a regional climate‐change adaptation initiative. The average height of the dykes in the Tantramar region is 8.6 m, which is lower than even the least severe prediction based on the current 1:10‐year sea-level estimate of 8.9 ± 0.1 m. Transportation infrastructure is also affected under this scenario. The report identifies sections of dyke exhibiting unusually high levels of erosion, and present maps and empirical evidence confirming that vegetated sections further from the Bay of Fundy (and its tidal water courses) are less vulnerable. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association
                                                                                                                            ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                            NameCoastal Flooding and Erosion Forecast
                                                                                                                            DescriptionAn empirical relationship exists between storm tide, waves and coastal flooding or splash-over damage (NWS coastal flood study). Knowing this relationship will help predict when flooding and splash-over events (such as beach erosion) might occur based on forecast water level (tide height) and wave height data. Working with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, NERACOOS and modelers in the Northeast region, a working prototype was developed using a water level model (NECOFS/FVCOM) and wave model (Wave Watch 3). This prototype is currently working for Hampton, New Hampshire and Scituate, Massachusetts locations. We hope to expand to other regions depending on need. For more information on how to read the nomogram, click here. This product could be used by emergency managers, coastal homeowners and other users with interest and concern about beach erosion from large-wave storms. During the Patriot's Day Storm, there were four high-tide cycles in which the water level was near or above flood stage and the waves were greater than 20' in height. This combination caused the tremendous amounts of coastal damage seen during the storm. The Coastal Flooding and Erosion Forecast System actually predicted days in advance of the Patriot's Day Storm that there was a high likelihood of this damage occurring. This capacity is extremely important to coastal property owners and emergency responders, resulting in dollars and lives saved. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                            • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                            • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesPiscataqua Region Estuary Partnership (PREP)
                                                                                                                            ContactsDerek Sowers, Piscataqua Region Estuary Partnership (Derek.sowers@unh.edu)
                                                                                                                            NameCoastal Habitat Conservation for the Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis web page includes information compiled and distributed as well as workshop materials for a June 2010 workshop entitled: Coastal Habitat Conservation in a Changing Climate: Information Resources for the Mid-Atlantic Region.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                            • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                NameCoastal Hazards Resiliency Tools Project (Maine)
                                                                                                                                DescriptionThis website provides information targeted to local communities. It includes to links to PowerPoint presentations with information on issues such as possible policy and regulatory responses to sea-level rise, improving storm hazard resiliency, and developing municipal hazard resiliency tools and responses. The site also includes model zoning and ordinance language. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesSouthern Maine Regional Planning Commission
                                                                                                                                ContactsJonathan T. Lockman, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, jlockman@smrpc.org,
                                                                                                                                NameCoastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment
                                                                                                                                DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This report, one of a series of technical inputs for the third NCA conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on the coasts of the U.S.. It describes the impacts on natural and human systems, including several major sectors of the U.S. economy, and the progress and challenges to planning and implementing adaptation options.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                • National
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                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesUSGS and NOAA
                                                                                                                                ContactsVirginia Burkett, USGS, virginia_burkett@usgs.gov Margaret Davidson, NOAA, margaret.davidson@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                NameCoastal Land Conservation in Maryland:  Targeting Tools and Techniques for Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Response (Website and tools)
                                                                                                                                DescriptionThe purpose of the project was to develop new conservation criteria to identify coastal habitats that may help Maryland proactively adapt to sea level rise and increased storm events associated with climate change. Climate change targeting criteria resulting from this project will be used to review land acquisition projects, such as Coastal Estuarine and Land Conservation Program (CELCP), and will be added to the State’s current land conservation targeting program, “GreenPrint.” (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Program
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                                                                                                                                NameCoastal Marine Ecological Classification Standard
                                                                                                                                DescriptionUse this database to browse the CMECS classification and to get definitions for individual CMECS Units. This database contains the units that were published in the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                                                                                • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                                                                                • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                                                                                • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                • National
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                                                                                                                                NameCoastal Resilience: New York and Connecticut
                                                                                                                                DescriptionCoastal Resilience was developed to help practitioners and stakeholders understand how they can make informed decisions about marine and coastal conservation, land protection, and coastal development, and implement ecosystem-based adaptation strategies. Coastal Resilience helps users visualize future conditions so they can design, build, and discuss alternative future scenarios that address sea level rise, storm surge, social and ecological vulnerability, and conservation priorities. The Coastal Resilience project delivers geospatial information on coastal ecosystems, socioeconomics, community vulnerability, and coastal hazards (including sea level rise and storm surge) via an internet mapping application that is a data viewer, data discovery tool, and a future scenario mapper. Coastal Resilience also includes a summary tool for calculating economic and ecological loss in specific geographies within the study area given different future scenarios. Coastal Resilience provides decision support to local decision-makers who are conducting their own comprehensive or post-storm redevelopment plans, and serves as an educational tool to inform stakeholders on the risks of sea level rise and storm surge. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                  • National
                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State
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                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesLong Island Sound Study, The Nature Conservancy
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                                                                                                                                  NameCoastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report
                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: NOAA has focused its efforts on four climate-related challenges to society. These challenges represent a spectrum of local and national needs for which NOAA can develop and deliver services, and provide information, that can help inform effective adaptation actions and other climate-sensitive decisions. The four societal challenges, as defined in “A Climate Service in NOAA: Connecting Climate Science to Decision Making – Vision and Strategic Framework,” are 1. Climate Impacts on Water Resources Providing coordinated and authoritative information systems to guide water resource managers. 2. Coasts and Climate Resilience Understanding physical processes driving sea-level rise and coastal inundation, and providing best available information to decision makers on sea-level change impacts and adaptive management strategies. 3. Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems Improving understanding of, and information about, the impacts of climate on ocean physical, chemical, and biological properties critical to managing large marine ecosystems. 4. Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate Developing and delivering information to prepare for and adapt to climate and weather extremes, including droughts, floods, heat waves, and cold snaps. This needs assessment will focus on challenge 2 on the resilience of coasts to the impacts of sea-level change. The term sea-level change acknowledges that while global or eustatic sea levels are rising, local levels, or relative sea levels in certain places, may be rising or falling. The results of the literature review on the challenge of coastal sea-level change, presented in this document, represent a snapshot of gaps in data, information, and services as captured in 55 documents, presentations, and publications. This synthesis of findings highlights the needs of coastal decision makers for resources that can assist them in making informed decisions about the risks and impacts of sea-level change. The results of this report are intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                  • Products: Other
                                                                                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNOAA Sea Grant
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                                                                                                                                  NameCoastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1
                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: This Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP), developed as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, examines potential effects of sea-level rise from climate change during the twenty-first century, with a focus on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States. Using scientific literature and policy-related documents, the SAP describes the physical environments; potential changes to coastal environments, wetlands, and vulnerable species; societal impacts and implications of sea-level rise; decisions that may be sensitive to sea-level rise; opportunities for adaptation; and institutional barriers to adaptation. The SAP also outlines the policy context in the mid-Atlantic region and describes the implications of sea-level rise impacts for other regions of the United States. Finally, this SAP discusses ways natural and social science research can improve understanding and prediction of potential impacts to aid planning and decision making. Projections of sea-level rise for the twenty-first century vary widely, ranging from several centimeters to more than a meter. Rising sea level can inundate low areas and increase flooding, coastal erosion, wetland loss, and saltwater intrusion into estuaries and freshwater aquifers. Existing elevation data for the mid-Atlantic United States do not provide the degree of confidence needed for local decision making. Systematic nationwide collection of high-resolution elevation data would improve the ability to conduct detailed assessments in support of planning. The coastal zone is dynamic and the response of coastal areas to sea-level rise is more complex than simple inundation. Much of the United States consists of coastal environments and landforms such as barrier islands and wetlands that will respond to sea-level rise by changing shape, size, or position. The combined effects of sea-level rise and other climate change factors such as storms may cause rapid and irreversible coastal change. All these changes will affect coastal habitats and species. Increasing population and development in coastal areas also affects the ability of natural ecosystems to adjust to sea-level rise. Coastal communities and property owners have responded to coastal hazards by erecting shore protection structures, elevating land and buildings, or relocating inland. Accelerated sea-level rise would increase the costs and environmental impacts of these responses. Shoreline armoring can eliminate the land along the shore to which the public has access; beach nourishment projects often increase access to the shore. Preparing for sea-level rise can be justified in many cases, because the cost of preparing now is small compared to the cost of reacting later. Examples include wetland protection, flood insurance, longlived infrastructure, and coastal land-use planning. Nevertheless, preparing for sea-level rise has been the exception rather than the rule. Most coastal institutions were based on the implicit assumption that sea level and shorelines are stable. Efforts to plan for sea-level rise can be thwarted by several institutional biases, including government policies that encourage coastal development, flood insurance maps that do not consider sea-level rise, federal policies that prefer shoreline armoring over soft shore protection, and lack of plans delineating which areas would be protected or not as sea level rises. The prospect of accelerated sea-level rise and increased vulnerability in coastal regions underscores the immediate need for improving our scientific understanding of and ability to predict the effects of sea-level rise on natural systems and society. These actions, combined with development of decision support tools for taking adaptive actions and an effective public education program, can lessen the economic and environmental impacts of sea-level rise. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                  • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesU.S. Climate Change Science Program
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                                                                                                                                  NameCoastal Vulnerability Assessment of Assateague Island National Seashore to Sea-Level Rise
                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: A coastal vulnerability index (CVI) was used to map relative vulnerability of the coast to future sea-level rise within Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and Virginia. The CVI ranks the following in terms of their physical contribution to sea-level rise-related coastal change: geomorphology, regional coastal slope, rate of relative sea-level rise, shoreline change rates, mean tidal range and mean wave height. Rankings for each variable were combined and an index value calculated for 1-minute grid cells covering the park. The CVI highlights those regions where the physical effects of sea-level rise might be the greatest. This approach combines the coastal system's susceptibility to change with its natural ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions, yielding a quantitative, although relative, measure of the park's natural vulnerability to the effects of sea-level rise. The CVI provides an objective technique for evaluation and long-term planning by scientists and park managers. Assateague Island consists of stable and washover dominated portions of barrier beach backed by wetland and marsh. The areas within Assateague that are likely to be most vulnerable to sea-level rise are those with the highest occurrence of overwash and the highest rates of shoreline change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                  • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                  • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesU.S. Geological Survey
                                                                                                                                  ContactsE. Robert Thieler, U.S. Geological Survey, rthieler@usgs.gov
                                                                                                                                  NameCoastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: A Preliminary Database for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico Coasts
                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThis website provides access to the data files used in USGS's Coastal Vulnerability Index and the information used for the regional assessments, including the National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Atlantic Coast. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                  • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesUSGS
                                                                                                                                    ContactsRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov, (508) 457-2350
                                                                                                                                    NameCombined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future
                                                                                                                                    DescriptionOak Ridge Dec 2008 Report: "Combined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future" describes the 4 areas where CHP adds value: reducing CO2 emissions; efficiency & creating green-collar jobs; national deployability; infrastructure modernization, improved energy security.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesOak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
                                                                                                                                      ContactsJohn Moskal
                                                                                                                                      NameCommon large-scale responses to climate and fishing across Northwest Atlantic ecosystems
                                                                                                                                      DescriptionAbstract: "Investigating whether there were common biological responses to climate and fishing across seven Northwest Atlantic ecosystems, a minimum/maximum autocorrelation factor analysis of biological indicators for each region revealed a common primary multivariate trend of a rapid change during the 1980s and early 1990s. There was a strong common pattern in the biological indicators responsible for the primary multivariate temporal trend in the five more northerly regions: an increase in the abundance of phytoplankton, an increase in biomass at mid-trophic levels, and a decline in predatory groundfish size. The common associations between patterns and drivers were fishing indices and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, but all associations weakened when co-varying drivers were held constant. The results are consistent with known long-term effects of intense fishing, such as a decline in average fish size and changes in species composition. Less fishing pressure has allowed some regions to recover to former predatory biomass levels since the late 1990s, but the bulk of the biomass consists of fewer species. However, fishing was not the only driver, and a more mechanistic understanding of how the climate affects lower trophic levels is needed to contextualize climate effects in heavily fished ecosystems. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                      • Biota
                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesPublication, ICES Journal of Marine Science
                                                                                                                                      ContactsNancy L. Shackell, Alida Bundy, Fisheries and Oceans, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, NS, Canada; Janet A. Nye, Jason S. Link, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
                                                                                                                                      NameCommunity Resilience in Coastal Virginia
                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThrough this project the University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation works with coastal partners and coastal planning districts to host regional workshops and listening sessions to help coastal communities prepare to deal with sea-level rise. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
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                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
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                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesUniversity of Virginia Insitute for Environmental Negotiation
                                                                                                                                      ContactsMelissa Keywood, University of Virginia Institute of Environmental Negotiation, mkeywood@virginia.edu
                                                                                                                                      NameComprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms
                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThis document represents the first phase of Maryland’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change. The report focuses specifically on sea-level rise and coastal storms. The Phase I Strategy is a key component of the Maryland Climate Action Plan, detailing the actions necessary to protect Maryland's future economic well-being, environmental heritage and public safety in the face of climate change and sea level rise. This report lays out the specific priority policy recommendations of the ARWG to address short-and long-term adaptation and response measures, planning and policy integration, education and outreach, performance measurement, and, where necessary, new legislation and/or modifications to existing laws. Implementation of the Strategy is currently underway. The full Climate Action Plan (available on the Internet at http://www.mde.state.md.us/Air/climatechange).(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesMaryland Commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Response Working Group
                                                                                                                                      ContactsZoe Johnson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ZJohnson@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                      NameComprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase II: Building societal economic and ecological resilience
                                                                                                                                      Description"The Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Phase II Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change on January 24, 2011. The report outlines strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased temperature and changes in precipitation within the following sectors: Human Health; Agriculture; Forest and Terrestrial Ecosystems; Bay and Aquatic Environments; Water Resources; and Population Growth and Infrastructure. Developed in accordance with Governor O’Malley’s Executive Order, more than 80 experts collaborated and held several larger stakeholder meetings to create the Phase II Strategy. Along with its companion, the Phase I Strategy for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms (2008), the Phase II Strategy is a key component of Maryland’s Climate Action Plan. State agencies will use both strategies to guide and prioritize state-level activities with respect to both climate science and adaptation policy." (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesMaryland Commission on Climate Change
                                                                                                                                      ContactsZoe Johnson, Maryland DNR, ZJohnson@dnr.md.state.us
                                                                                                                                      NameConfronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions
                                                                                                                                      DescriptionFrom the report: The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) is a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of independent experts to develop and communicate a new assessment of climate change and associated impacts on key climate-sensitive sectors in the northeastern United States. The goal of the assessment is to combine state-of-the-art analyses with effective outreach to provide opinion leaders, policy makers, and the public with the best available science upon which to base informed choices about climate-change mitigation and adaptation. Note: The report includes a chapter on marine impacts and a chapter on coastal impacts. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                      • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesUnion of Concerned Scientists, Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) Synthesis Team
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                                                                                                                                      NameConfronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs Through 2050
                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe effects of climate change are already impacting our water and wastewater utilities-- those entities entrusted with supplying our communities, our industries, and our natural envrionment with essential water management services. Water is the most important natural resource necessary for stable economic growth, as well as for human and environmental health. Our nation's water and wastewater infrastructure enables our prosperity by delivering clean water to our homes and industries and by transporting wastewater for treatment. Our increasing understanding of wastewater suggests that significant adaptation measures will continue protecting public health and environment. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                        • National
                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State
                                                                                                                                        • Local/City
                                                                                                                                        • Other/Problem Focused
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                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesCH2M Hill, Association of Metropolitian Water Agencies
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                                                                                                                                        NameConnecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART)
                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART) was developed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries through the Long Island Sound Study, a national estuary program. CART was developed to help local government staff, committee members and active participants in Connecticut have instant access to climate change adaptation resources thereby enabling them to easily and meaningfully benefit their communities. Too often individuals or communities want to minimize future risks and costs, but they do not know where to start or how to continue. CART is a one stop shopping website for ideas and methods on local climate change adaptation planning and action.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Social and Cultural Resources
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                                                                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                        • Local/City
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                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesConnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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                                                                                                                                        NameConnecticut Coastal Hazards Viewer
                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe Connecticut Coastal Hazards Viewer is an online mapping tool designed to allow users access to several pertinent suites of data for coastal Connecticut. Presented here are data representing sea level rise, high-resolution coastal elevation, hurricane storm surge, coastal erosion, and environmental observations such as tides, water quality, waves and currents. The tool includes: sea level rise visualization data for coastal areas on Long Island Sound, Coastal Digital Elevation model using bare earth LiDAR data for all of Connecticuts shoreline, hurricane surge inundation data, erosion susceptibility data, and LIS Environmental Observations Data. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                        • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                        • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection
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                                                                                                                                        NameConserving Freshwater and Coastal Resources in a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                        DescriptionFrom the Introduction: This report provides a primer on climate change issues to help individuals and organizations in the eastern United States begin to factor in climate change into their freshwater and coastal conservation efforts. First, it provides an overview of the expected effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems in mid-Atlantic and northeast regions, including the coastal states from Virginia to Maine and from Ohio east. Second, this report provides a brief overview of the most relevant technological and policy tools available for analyzing and adapting to these impacts. Finally, this report makes a series of recommendations to conservation organizations and policy makers on how to more effectively undertake conservation that anticipates changes in climate and the changes in ecosystems.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Great Lakes
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                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesThe Nature Conservancy
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                                                                                                                                        NameConserving Virginia’s Fish and Wildlife for the Future:  Preparing for a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis strategy was developed to provide initial guidance on actions Virginia’s conservation community can implement immediately to enhance the conservation of wildlife and habitats in the face of climate change while more comprehensive adaptation strategies are developed. This effort to identify initial climate change adaptation strategies was initiated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). This document is a compendium to Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan, an existing document created to focus conservation efforts on preventing species from becoming endangered. Strategies included in the document relate to coastal habitats. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                        • Products: Other
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                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesVirginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, National Wildlife Federation, and Virginia Conservation Network
                                                                                                                                        ContactsChris Burkett, Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, chris.burkett@dgif.virginia.gov
                                                                                                                                        NameCosting Climate Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Study on Coastal Zones (2010)
                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe economic impacts in this report include damage to dwellings, agricultural land and buildings, and forests in Canada’s coastal areas. It presents them by province and territory, and for the nation as a whole, cumulatively and annually, using 30-year averages centered on 2025, 2055 and 2085. It considers four possible scenarios, based on the environmental and economic policy choices made: “business as usual,” or a “rapid stabilization” of the climate; a “world-markets” orientation, or a more modest “local stewardship” economy. Then we overlay the potential impact of two adaptation measures on these scenarios–retreating from the most-exposed coastal areas, and curtailing development on land expected to become highly vulnerable as sea levels rise and storms increase. Finally, it analyzes the distributional impact of damages, by province and territory, income level, and visible-minority status. It also considers the effects of coastal flooding on freshwater reserves, but does not quantify their economic value. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                        • Economic Resources
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                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNational Round Table on the Environment and Economy Stockholm Environment Institute
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                                                                                                                                          NameCREAT: Climate Resilence Evaluation and Awareness Tool
                                                                                                                                          DescriptionEPA has developed CREAT, a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT provides users with access to the most recent national assessment of climate change impacts for use in considering how these changes will impact utility operations and missions.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                          • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                          • National
                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                                          ContactsCurt Baranowski, Baranowski.Curt@epa.gov
                                                                                                                                          NameCreating a Change in Climate through Local Action (Partners for Climate Protection)(2012)
                                                                                                                                          DescriptionA 10-page summary of actions municipalities can take to cut Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, with case studies and quotes from municipal officials. It outlines the Partners for Climate Protection "Five Milestone Framework" used by many Canadian municipalities to cut GHGs and reduce energy consumption.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                          • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                            Lead Agencies
                                                                                                                                            ContactsPartners for Climate Protection secretariat, pcp@fcm.ca
                                                                                                                                            NameCross Border Indicators of Climate Change over the Past Century: Northeastern United States and Canadian Maritime Region (2006)
                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis study seeks to create a core of information on climate change indicators in the Gulf of Maine region using the longest consistently available and most recent sets of data in constructing the analysis. Indicators include average temperature (1900-2002); average annual precipitation (1900-2002); extreme precipitation events (1950-2002); snowfall and days with snow cover on ground (1970-2002); sea-level rise (1856-2003); timing of high spring flow; lake and river ice; hurricanes making landfall; growing season and sea surface temperature. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                            • Data: Indicator Based Research
                                                                                                                                            • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
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                                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment in cooperation with Environment Canada and Clean Air-Cool Planet
                                                                                                                                            ContactsCameron Wake, Ph.D., cameron.wake@unh.edu
                                                                                                                                            NameCurrents of Change: Environmental Status and Trends of the Narragansett Bay Region Final Technical Draft
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                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNarragensett Bay Estuary Program
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                                                                                                                                                  NameCusk (Brosme brosme) and Climate Change: Assessing the Threat to a Candidate Marine Fish Species Under the US Endangered Species Act
                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: "In the Northwest Atlantic Ocean cusk (Brosme brosme) has declined dramatically primarily as a result of fishing activities. These declines have lead to concern about its status, which has prompted reviews under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA). Changes in distribution and abundance of number of marine fish in the Northwest Atlantic have been linked to climate variability and change, suggesting that both fishing and climate may affect the future status of cusk. Our goal was to evaluate potential effects of climate change on Northwest Atlantic cusk distribution. Coupling a species niche model with the output from an ensemble of climate models, we projected cusk distribution in the future. Our results indicate cusk habitat in the region will shrink and fragment, which is a result of a spatial mismatch between high complexity seafloor habitat and suitable temperature. The importance of habitat patch connectivity for cusk is poorly understood, so the population-level consequences of climate-related habitat fragmentation are uncertain. More broadly, climate change may reduce appropriate thermal habitat and increase habitat fragmentation for other cold water species in the region; thereby, increasing the potential for regional overexploitation and extirpation."(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                  • National
                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), EPA, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, University of Connecticut, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
                                                                                                                                                  ContactsJon Hare, NOAA NMFS, jon.hare@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                  NameData Basin
                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionData Basin is a free, online system that connects users with spatial datasets, tools, and expertise. Individuals and organization can explore and download a vast library of datasets, upload their own data, create and publish analysis, utilize working groups, and produce customized maps that can be easily shared. The building blocks of Data Basin are: Datasets: A dataset is a spatially explicit file, currently Arcshape and ArcGrid files. These can be biological, physical, socioeconomic, (and soon to be imagery) that can be uploaded, downloaded or visualized. Maps: Maps are visualized datasets created with easy-to-use tools in Data Basin. Maps, customized by users, can be kept private, shared with groups, or published for everyone. Users can critique maps with provided drawing and commenting tools. Galleries: Galleries are meaningful collections of datasets and/or maps created by Data Basin users. Users and organizations can publish galleries (including studies, atlases and books) that others can easily find and use. People: People are members of the Data Basin community. Users can search profiles to find data providers, potential collaborators or interested audiences. Groups: Groups are user-defined subset of Data Basin users collaborating around a specific topic or issues. Group members can share, analyze, and discuss datasets and maps. Data Basin allows for private (closed) and public (by request) groups. Centers: Centers are topics or geographies of special interest to Data Basin users. Users can find specific datasets, maps, galleries, people, groups, and analytical tools under each center. My Workspace: My workspace provides a private area for accessing Data Basin. Users can easily organize content they contributed or found in the system. Users can create and edit personal profiles; manage their account; track creation of datasets, maps, and galleries; and, manage their group activity.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                    • International
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                                                                                                                                                    ContactsJames R. Strittholt , Ph.D., Executive Director, Landscape Ecologist, Conservation Biology Institute, stritt@consbio.org
                                                                                                                                                    NameData.gov
                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis is the National Ocean Council’s portal for data, information, and tools to support people engaged in planning for the future of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Our goal is to be a one-stop hub to support planners and to provide useful information to the public. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNational Ocean Council
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                                                                                                                                                    NameDegrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada (2010)
                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionFrom ecosystems to human health to water resources to communities and infrastructure and more, this report demonstrates just how pervasive and pernicious climate change could be. Both risks and potential opportunities — as we currently know them — are presented. A diagram maps impacts in eight key areas: ice, snow and sea; ecosystems, water resources, human health, communities and infrastructure, resource industries, service industries, and security and trade.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNational Round Table on the Environment and Economy
                                                                                                                                                      Contactsadmin@nrtee-trnee.ca
                                                                                                                                                      NameDelaware Elevation Data from LiDAR
                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionElevation contours (vector data) derived from the recent LIDAR projects are available per county for Kent and Sussex and county subsets for New Castle. These date sets were too large to be attached to their metadata entries within the DataMIL Metadata Catalog. New Castle was divided into three regions because the densely packed contours caused the file size to go beyond the 2 GB limit of shapefiles/dbf. These divisions were made to align with the tile boundaries of the aerial imagery products. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
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                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesOffice of State Planning Coordination
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDelaware Residents' Opinions on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This study was conducted for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to determine Delaware residents’ opinions on climate change and sea level rise. The study entailed a telephone survey of Delaware residents ages 18 years and older. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Other
                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDelaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Responsive Management
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDelaware Sea-Level Rise Initiative
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionTo help assess, prepare for and minimize the potential impacts of sea level rise, the Delaware Coastal Programs Section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is leading a multi-year Sea Level Rise Initiative. The goal of the Sea Level Rise Initiative is to reduce Delaware’s future vulnerability to the effects of sea level rise. This will be accomplished by: providing scientific and technical support for decision-making, implementing on-the-ground project in partnership with stakeholders, providing educational and outreach opportunities for stakeholders and the public, improving existing policies and management practices and/or developing new policies and management practices where necessary. The Sea Level Rise Initiative is designed to be iterative and will grow and change as new data, outreach and policy needs are identified. Part of this initiative is developing a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan. The Initiative website includes all relevant activities as does the 2011 Compendium.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDelaware Coastal Management Program
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDelaware Sea-Level Rise Initiative Compendium September 2011
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis document provides an overview of the projects initiated under Delaware's Sea-Level Rise Initiative, relating to data and modeling, hazard planning, monitoring, outreach and eduction, etc. The projects described in the compendium all have been initiated under the Sea Level Rise Initiative to help to build partnerships and capacity, increase resiliency, increase public knowledge of and support for actions to reduce our vulnerability and make decisions based upon the best available science.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDelaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
                                                                                                                                                        ContactsDelaware Coastal Programs, 302-739-9283
                                                                                                                                                        NameDelaware Sea-Level Rise Inundation Maps
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionScientists from Delaware Coastal Programs used a model to develop maps to show the possible impacts of inundation based on various Sea Level Rise scenarios for Delaware’s waterways and the land that surrounds them (watersheds). These maps reflect the filling of these watersheds at constant elevations also referred to as "Bath Tub" modeling. In other words, the maps show the water levels rising in the watersheds similar to the “filling of a bathtub”. These maps represent a constant, watershed based, water level and do not include any changes in water level due to the distance from tidal forcing, downstream flow, or other factors which could possibly change water levels. There are various uses for these maps including: assessing and planning land use and zoning ordinances to protect community resources while guiding new development; developing emergency management plans to prepare for natural disasters like nor’easters or tropical storms; determining impacts to the economy such as changes to the business and tourism sectors; conserving wildlife, wetlands, beaches, and other natural resources; protecting recreational areas like fishing spots, boating areas, parks, and cultural heritage locations; developing future plans for infrastructure like roads, fire departments, schools, sewer systems, drinking water, etc.; managing agriculture practices to conserve working farm lands and protect irrigation sources; and planning for coastal community resiliency by determining hazards and vulnerabilities.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                        • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDelaware Coastal Programs
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDelaware Tidal Marsh Vulnerability Index
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe purpose of the Marsh Vulnerability Index (MVI) is to develop a health index for Spartina alterniflora in salt marshes. Real-Time Kinematic GPS was used to attain elevation data for S. alterniflora to determine the elevational growth range. LiDAR was used during project design to ensure a representative elevation range was sampled. The MVI classifies healthy, degrading, and severely degrading short-form Spartina alterniflora marsh regions . The MVI will be essential for evaluating wetland vulnerability to sea-level rise on a watershed or statewide basis, while also enabling the strategic placement of monitoring resources to enhance efforts to understand the future evolution and migration potential of Delaware’s tidal wetlands, as well as promiting conservation and restoration. MVI classification optimizes the monitoring efforts and resources to the highest levels possible, so the broadest extent of Delaware’s tidal wetlands may be evaluated and managed. The MVI also classifies healthy and degrading short-form Spartina alterniflora marshes based on a correlation between degrading marshes and low elevations. With success, the MVI can be used in Mid-Atlantic States for regional comparison and planning.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesDelaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
                                                                                                                                                        ContactsGabrielle C. Lyons, Delaware Coastal Programs, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, gabrielle.lyons@state.de.us
                                                                                                                                                        NameDetailed Methodology for Mapping Sea-Level Rise Marsh igration
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis document describes the mapping process used by the NOAA Coastal Services Center to map potential impacts to marsh environments due to sea level rise for the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts viewer. Generally, this process can be described as a modified bathtub approach that attempts to account for local/regional tidal variability.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA, Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDeveloping Climate Change Capacity at the Municipal Level in Nova Scotia (2012)
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis booklet describes a suite of projects Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (SNSMR) undertook under Atlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions (ACAS) to enhance the capacity of Nova Scotia municipalities to develop Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAPs). The first project involved development of a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan Guidebook (see separate database listing) that offers step-by-step guidance on development of MCCAPs. The second. a Municipal Mentor Project, engaged three mentors to assist municipalities through initial steps in developing their MCCAPs. The third generated the MCCAP Assistant, a document that complements the MCCAP Guidebook. The final project was a Municipal Participation ACAS Conference.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                        • International
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDigital Coast
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe basic premise of the site is the understanding that data alone are not enough. People need the associated tools, training, and information that turn data into information capable of making a difference. The NOAA Coastal Services Center built the prototype in 2008 and then reached out to potential users to provide feedback and guide the development of the site. These project partners, whose organizations eventually formed the Digital Coast Partnership, let the Center know what issues were most important, what type of content they would find most helpful, and the primary barriers they needed addressed. The partnership list is extensive including federal, state, county, NGO, academic, and professional partners. The website contains coastal datasets related to topics such as benthic, hydrography, land cover, imagery, elevation (LiDAR), etc. It also includes tools that support coastal decision-making around issues such as adaptation, land use planning, coastal hazards, water quality, economy, etc. It also includes trainings on similar topics. Finally, the site provides information on approaches related to climate adaptation, sea-level rise planning, renewable resources, etc. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                        • Social and Cultural Resources
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                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                        NameDigital Coast Data Access Viewer
                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis is one of the many tools available on NOAA's Digital Coastal website. This tool allows the user to search the Digital Coast tool for the location/ area/ region the user would like to view. Types of data available include: bathymetry, LiDAR, benthic cover, sea-level rise, aerial photography and much more. The data availanle will depend on location. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center, Digital Coast
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                                                                                                                                                          NameDigital Coast's Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation
                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionDigital Coast's Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea-Level Rise Adaptation tool helps users understand why coastal wetlands are valuable and how they can help in coping with sea level rise; identify what spatial data, tools, and techniques can help identify vulnerable wetlands and those that could increase resilience to sea level rise; prioritize the spatial data, tools, and techniques that can help prioritize existing or potential future wetland areas for protection; engage stakeholder support for strategies; and discover how are others incorporating sea level rise information into conservation and other planning efforts. The application provides guidance and links to many different resources and webpages. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                          • National
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                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA, Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                          NameDraft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan
                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionFrom the Plan: The National Ocean Policy was established by Executive Order 13547 on July 19, 2010. This Implementation Plan lays out the framework for achieving the vision and charge of the National Ocean Policy to address the primary threats to the nations ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. This document describes the steps the federal government will take to adress these threats, and it focuses on nine priority objectives: Ecosystem‐Based Management; Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding; Observations, Mapping, and Infrastructure; Coordinate and Support; Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration; Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land; Changing Conditions in the Arctic; and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNational Ocean Council
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                                                                                                                                                          NameEast Coast Sea-Level Rise Maps
                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionClean Air Cool Planet has recently completed a pilot project in which it commissioned state-of-the-art coastal vulnerability maps showing how the range of sea level rise predictions up to 2100 would impact coastal communities and infrastructure in eight cities on the Eastern seaboard and several more on the US Gulf coast. The maps online show projected sea-level rise for the Chesapeake Bay Region and the cities of Hampton, NH; Miami, FL; Norfolk, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, ME; Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL; and Wilmington, NC. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesClean Air Cool Plant
                                                                                                                                                            ContactsGeneral Contact Information: info@cleanair-coolplanet.org; 603.422.6464
                                                                                                                                                            NameEconomic & Greenhouse Gas Impacts of the New 2009 Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards in New England
                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionJune 2009 Carbon Solutions New England report titled "Economic & Greenhouse Gas Impacts of the New 2009 Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards in New England". The results show that the New England region would see a net economic benefit of $10 billion by 2025 under the new fuel economy standards announced by President Barack Obama in May. The money would come from fuel savings and reinvestment back into the local and regional economy. The new fuel economy standards would also save 10 billion gallons of gasoline and avoid 88 million metric tons of CO2 emissions by 2025. The report also details the savings by states in 6 separate state fact sheets.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                            • Social and Cultural Resources
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                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesCarbon Solutions New England
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                                                                                                                                                            NameEconomic Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts on New Brunswick-Nova Scotia Transport Corridor (2012)
                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis report examines four climate change impacts (sea level rise; precipitation changes; temperature increases; and extreme weather events) on the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia Transport Corridor that is is a part of a system of major ports, international airports, key border crossings,and road and rail connections between Atlantic Canada and North America’s major markets. Expected economic loss to the NB/NS Transporation Corridor from climate change impacts is $8.97 million per year (including $5 million in lost assets associated with transportation infrastructure; $1 million in lost value added by transportation;$0.647 in lost travel time; and $2.27 million in increased costs from transportation accidents. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association
                                                                                                                                                                ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                NameEconomic Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Hazards and Climate Change: Building Resilience in the Barnegat Bay Region
                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This study identifies key economic vulnerabilities to climate change and options for adaptation in the Barnegat Bay region of New Jersey. Like many coastal watershed regions of the United States, the Barnegat Bay region already faces significant pressures as the result of population growth, new residential and commercial development, loss of wetlands and natural areas for residential and commercial uses, intensification of land use in the watershed, and other factors. The region is also subject to climate risks and hazards that are typical of coastal zones in the middle Atlantic including sea level changes and extreme storm events, nor'easters, and hurricanes. Climate change is anticipated to add to the stresses within the region by altering temperature and precipitation patterns, increasing the likelihood of extreme precipitation events, and accelerating rates of sea level rise. This study draws on stakeholder knowledge of the region, including understanding of existing development stresses, in order to identify critical economic vulnerabilities to climate change and to identify feasible options for adaptation. The study pays particular attention to key economic assets and activities that may be at risk from climate change, as well as vulnerable populations. The study also considers the implications of climate change for emergency management and hazard mitigation. The broader goal of the study is to provide stakeholder- based information about economic risks and vulnerabilities in the Barnegat Bay region that will contribute to efforts to build long-term resilience to climate-related hazards and climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                • National
                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesRutgers University, Barnegat Bay Partnership, EPA Climate Ready Estuaries
                                                                                                                                                                ContactsRobin Leichenko, Rutgers Department of Geography, rleichen@rci.rutgers.edu
                                                                                                                                                                NameEcosystem Advisory for the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem
                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionProduced since 2006 by NOAA NEFSC, the Ecosystem Advisory is a report of ecosystem conditions on the Northeast Shelf released twice a year. Included are data related to ecosystem variables (plankton blooms, sea surface temperature), long term temperature trends, and species specific habitat information.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service/Northeast Fisheries Science Center
                                                                                                                                                                ContactsKevin Friedland, Kevin.Friedland@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                NameEcoSystem Indicator Partnership Climate Change Fact Sheet
                                                                                                                                                                Description The Ecosystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) is a committee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. ESIP is developing indicators for the Gulf of Maine and integrating regional data for a new Web-based reporting system for marine ecosystem monitoring. Activities of ESIP initially center on convening regional practitioners in six indicator areas: coastal development, contaminants and pathogens, eutrophication, aquatic habitat, fisheries and aquaculture, and climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Education
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                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council
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                                                                                                                                                                  NameEffects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species and Implications for Management and Research
                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: Global change stressors, including climate change and variability and changes in land use, are major drivers of ecosystem alterations. Invasive species, which are non-native species that cause environmental or economic damages or human-health impacts, also contribute to ecosystem changes. The interactions between stressors and invasive species, although not well understood, may exacerbate the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, and likewise, climate change may enable further invasions. This report reviews available literature on climate-change effects on aquatic invasive species (AIS) and examines state-level AIS management activities. Data on management activities came from publicly available information, was analyzed with respect to climate-change effects, and was reviewed by managers. This report also analyzes state and regional AIS management plans to determine their capacity to incorporate information on changing conditions generally, and climate change specifically. Although there is no mandate that directs states to consider climate change in AIS management plans, state managers can consider predicted effects of climate change on prevention, control, and eradication in order to manage natural resources effectively under changing climatic conditions. Further scientific research and data collection are needed in order to equip managers with the tools and information necessary to conduct effective AIS management in the face of climate change. NOTE: The report includes coastal species. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                  • National
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                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesEnvironmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law Institute
                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsBritta Bierwagen, Environmental Protection Agency,bierwagen.britta@epa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                  NameEffects of Projected Sea Level Rise on Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Nesting Habitat in Rhode Island
                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: Accelerated sea level rise (SLR) is expected to greatly alter vulnerable habitats along the Atlantic coast in the coming century. Low-elevation sandy beaches, important nesting habitat for the continued recovery of the federally threatened piping plover (Charadrius melodus), are especially vulnerable to slr. Coastal Rhode Island, despite dense development, has been an increasingly productive area for piping plover during the last two decades, adding significantly to the species’ recovery in New England. Understanding to what extent these low-lying piping plover nesting beaches can retreat landward is key for prioritizing long-term habitat conservation and management actions. This research examines habitat change in response to slr under stationary and migration habitat responses and whether development blocks habitat migration for five important piping plover nesting beaches in Rhode Island. For the stationary model, all the study beaches (East Beach Watch Hill, Quonochontaug, Ninigret, Green Hill, and Trustom Pond) lose plover habitat under all slr projections (i.e., 0.5, 1, 1.5 m), with lower lying beaches experiencing greater loss. Total habitat loss ranges from 5% (0.5 m) to 23% (1.5 m) in the 100- year study timeframe. At the highest slr level, East Beach loses 48% of current habitat, while Green Hill Beach loses 1% of current habitat. For the migration model, habitat on all five beaches expands under the lowest slr scenario (0.5 m). Habitat continues to expand for four of the beaches at the mid-range slr scenario (1 m). At the highest slr scenario (1.5 m), habitat continues to expand for two beaches and contracts for three beaches. For the migration model, development blocks the creation of 6.6 to 8.4 ha of habitat on four beaches. However, the majority of piping plover habitat will migrate inland if unconstrained by additional development or shoreline protection structures. East Beach shows the greatest habitat migration potential and Green Hill Beach the least. To manage for preservation of habitat, overwash processes should be encouraged and development limited on East Beach, Quonochontaug Beach, Ninigret Beach, Trustom Pond (Moonstone Beach), and the center of Green Hill Beach. This study provides beach-specific input for land management decisions affecting piping plover habitat preservation for the municipalities of Westerly, Quonochontaug, Charlestown, Green Hill, and South Kingstown and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In addition, these impending beach configuration changes present an opportunity for increased cooperation among coastal zone managers, wildlife managers, coastal residents, and businesses to engage in land management practices that provide ecological,economic, and recreational benefits to local communities by preserving beach habitat. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesAntioch University New England
                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsSally Ann Sims, Antioch University New England
                                                                                                                                                                  NameEmergence time scales for detection of anthropogenic climate change in US tropical cyclone loss data
                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionResearch Paper: Emergence time scales for detection of anthropogenic climate change in US tropical cyclone loss data. The researchers also warn environmentalists and policymakers against making claims that damage from Hurricane Katrina and other storms are rising from carbon dioxide emissions. Insurance companies that promote climate change as a reason for rising prices could also lose credibility. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                    • International
                                                                                                                                                                    • National
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                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesEnvironmental Research Letters
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                                                                                                                                                                    NameEnvironment Canada Climate Change Science and Research--Data Model Outputs
                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis has developed a number of climate models. Data from these climate models are available for downloading with a username and password. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                    • Data: Satellite Remote Observations
                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                                                                    • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesEnvironment Canada Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
                                                                                                                                                                      Contactscccma_info@ec.gc.ca
                                                                                                                                                                      NameEnvironment Canada Visualization (Maps and Graphs)
                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe goals of Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network are: - Support climate change impact and adaptation research in Canada and other countries; - Support stakeholders requiring scenario information for decision making and policy development; - Provide access to the work of AIRS, an Environment Canada research group under the auspices of the Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate; and - Provide access to Canadian research on the development of scenarios and adaptation research. Its visualization website includes scenario maps, scatterplots, timeseries, bioclimate profiles and a localizer, as well as static seasonal/annual maps. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Satellite Remote Observations
                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesEnvironment Canada Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network
                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsEnvironment Canada Adaptation and Impacts Research Section
                                                                                                                                                                        NameEOS Earth Data
                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionUniversity of New Hampshire's free EOS Earth Data is a library of earth science data, which includes climate change resources.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Education
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                                                                                                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesUniversity of New Hampshire
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                                                                                                                                                                        NameEstimated Inventory Guide
                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis brief flyer serves as a reference tool for municipalities going through FCM's Five-Milestone framework to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. A precursor to Milestone One, this guide helps estimate the distribution of emissions among sectors like buildings, transportation, and industry, and helps municipalities identify greatest opportunities for reductions. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesFederation of Canadian Municipalities: Partners for Climate Protection
                                                                                                                                                                          Contactscommunities@fcm.ca
                                                                                                                                                                          NameEvidence for Changing Flood Risk in New England Since the Late 20th Century
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionAbstract: Long-term flow records for watersheds with minimal human influence have shown trends in recent decades toward increasing streamflow at regional and national scales, especially for low flow quantiles like the annual minimum and annual median flows. Trends for high flow quantiles are less clear, despite recent research showing increased precipitation in the conterminous United States over the last century that has been brought about primarily by an increased frequency and intensity of events in the upper 10th percentile of the daily precipitation distribution – particularly in the Northeast. This study investigates trends in 28 long-term annual flood series for New England watersheds with dominantly natural streamflow. The flood series are an average of 75 years in length and are continuous through 2006. Twenty-five series show upward trends via the nonparametric Mann-Kendall test, 40% (10) of which are statistically significant (p < 0.1). Moreover, an average standardized departures series for 23 of the study gages indicates that increasing flood magnitudes in New England occurred as a step change around 1970. The timing of this is broadly synchronous with a phase change in the low frequency variability of the North Atlantic Oscillation, a prominent upper atmospheric circulation pattern that is known to effect climate variability along the United States east coast. Identifiable hydroclimatic shifts should be considered when the affected flow records are used for flood frequency analyses. Special treatment of the flood series can improve the analyses and provide better estimates of flood magnitudes and frequencies under the prevailing hydroclimatic condition.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsMathias Collins, NOAA, mathias.collins@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                          NameFacing Our Future: Adapting to Connecticut's Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionThe Connecticut Department of Environment Protection has developed a series of initial climate adaptation fact sheets, Facing Our Future, that detail current observations and provide some cursory recommendations for alternative approaches to foster adaptation at the local and regional level. These fact sheets address overlapping technical areas or categories: biodiversity and habitat, fisheries, forestry, infrastructure, natural coastal shoreline environment, outdoor recreation, water resources, and wildlife. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Other
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                          • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection
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                                                                                                                                                                          NameFederal Highway Administration Climate Change Adaptation Peer Exchanges: Comprehensive Report. The Role of State Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Climate Change Adaptation
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionIn 2011 and 2012, FHWA held three peer exchanges with state DOTS and MPOS to identify and establish a network for reducing vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to climate change. In May 2012, the New England workshop was held in Cambridge, MA; the report summarizes workshop outcomes, focusing on best practices and strategies for overcoming common challenges, needs, and recommendations.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesFederal Highway Administration, ICF international
                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsEllen Mecray, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region (workshop participant); ellen.l.mecray@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                          NameFederal Highway Administration's Transportation, Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series, May-June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionA four part webinar series produced by the Federal Highway Administration addressing vulnerability assessment of transportation infrastructure, climate change, and extreme events. Sessions are recorded and will be made available here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/climate_change/adaptation/webinars/(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                          • National
                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesU.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration
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                                                                                                                                                                          NameFinal Report: A Climate Change Action Plan (Virginia)
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionVirginia's Climate Change Action Plan was initiated by Executive Order by then Governor Tim Kaine. It was developed by a diverse Commission comprised of more than 40 citizens of the Commonwealth, including scientists, economists, environmental advocates, and representatives from the energy,transportation, building, and manufacturing sectors. The Commission also included local government representatives and state lawmakers. The Action Plan includes an outline of impacts and recommendations related to natural resources and the coastal environment. Examples include a recommendation to acquire LiDAR data for the state, to develop a state sea-level rise plan, and that the Virginia Institute of Marine Science should assess the vulnerability of coastal and marine living resource restoration efforts to climate change, particularly those for oysters and submerged aquatic vegetation, to climate change and recommend specific steps to increase the likelihood of success under changing conditions. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                          • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                          • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesGovernor's Commission on Climate Change, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsPaual Jasinski, Chesapeake Environmental Communications, paula@chesapeakedata.com
                                                                                                                                                                          NameFlood Frequency Estimates for New England River Restoration Projects: Considering Climate Change in Project Design
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionFrom the report: Flood frequency estimates are used to quantify the magnitude and frequency of relatively rare or extreme river discharges. Such estimates are necessary to design many river restoration projects. For projects that include constructing new infrastructure or retrofitting existing infrastructure flood frequency estimates are required to size the infrastructure to withstand floods of specified magnitudes (e.g., events expected to recur every 100 years). For projects where infrastructure is being removed and a natural channel restored (e.g., a dam removal) flood frequency estimates are also useful because stream channel geometry, process, and habitat are very closely linked with the magnitude of comparatively frequent flood events—those with recurrence intervals between 1 and 5 years. Thus, flood frequency estimates are necessary to understand how channel changes will affect stream biota and adjacent floodplain landowners.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
                                                                                                                                                                          Region
                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA Fisheries Service
                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsMathias Collins, NOAA, mathias.collins@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                          NameFlood-related mapping information for New Brunswick
                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionGeoNB is the Province of New Brunswick’s gateway to geographic information and related value-added applications. Its primary goals of GeoNB are to - Provide users with easy access to geographic data, value-added applications and maps; - Reduce duplication and costs through collaboration and the sharing of geographic data and infrastructure; and - Promote the use of geographic data and maps. The site includes a catalog of data; map products and applications.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesGovernment of New Brunswick
                                                                                                                                                                            Contacts geonb@snb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                            NameForecasting Economic Damages from Storm Surge Flooding: A Case Study in the Tantramar Region of NB (2012)
                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionSubject to strong tidal forces, the Tantramar region of New Brunswick relies on an approximately 33-km dyke system to protect the Town of Sackville, an interprovincial railway and highway, and surrounding agricultural lands. Ssea-level estimates for an 8.9m, 1-in-10 yr. storm surge could overtop approximately 90 percent of the existing dyke system and temporarily inundate 20 percent of Sackville. Using climate-change scenarios and known assets-at-risk, this project sought to characterize the existing (or baseline) potential damages associated with storm-surge flooding; determine how potential damages could change with increased sea-level rise ; and demonstrate how adaptation scenarios can be analyzed for their effectiveness in reducing exposure to flood damages. Dyke top-up was found to provide immediate protection, but become ineffective long-term given forecasted climate trends. Relocation of infrastructure out of high-risk areas provided significant long-term reductions in expected annual damage. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesAtlantic Canada Adaptation Solutions Association New Brunswick Department of Environment
                                                                                                                                                                                ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                NameFreshwater Biological Traits Database
                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionThe Freshwater Biological Traits Database currently contains traits data for 3,857 North American macroinvertebrate taxa, and includes habitat, life history, mobility, morphology and ecological trait data. These data were compiled for a project on climate change effects on river and stream ecosystems. The traits data were gathered from multiple sources, which are listed on the web site under, "Data Source". Data gathering efforts focused on data that were published or otherwise well-documented by trustworthy sources, accessible, appropriate for the regions being studied, in a standardized format that could be analyzed or easily converted to a format that could be analyzed, and ecologically relevant to the gradients being considered. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsBritta Bierwagen,U.S. EPA, bierwagen.britta@epa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                    NameFuture Sea-Level Rise and the New Jersey Coast: Assessing Potential Impacts and Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis study projects the future impacts to New Jersey from sea-level rise. The authors project future sea level rise based on historical measurements and global scenarios, and apply them to digital elevation models to demonstrate the vulnerability of New Jersey's coast. The authors estimate that 1 to 3 % of New Jersey’s land area will be affected by inundation and 6.5 to over 9 % by episodic coastal flooding over the next century. Possible impacts to natural systems and socioeconomic impacts are also summarized. A range of adaptation and mitigation options for the coastal area are also outlines. The report suggests that where possible a gradual withdrawal of development from some areas of the New Jersey coast may be the optimum management strategy for protecting natural ecosystems. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University
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                                                                                                                                                                                    NameGateway National Recreation Area: Long-term Resource Management Under a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis report was written to help inform the development of the Gateway National Recreation Area's General Management Plan to include climate change adaptation strategies as well as to inform the public. The report includes: a summary of climate change science, including local projections relevant for planning at Gateway; an assessment on how climate change impacts will affect Gateway’s natural and cultural resources; an overview of Gateway’s guiding policies and how or whether these policies address adaptation to climate change; and recommendations for a climate change adaptation strategy within the 2009 General Management Plan. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNational Park Service
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                                                                                                                                                                                    NameGetting to Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities
                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis report offers Canadian municipalities a menu of options for greenhouse gas emission reductions, allowing them to choose actions that are both feasible and strategic for their situation. Part I reiterates the value and process of carbon inventorying and identifies significant urban sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Part II offers best practice strategies for GHG reductions and provides Estimation Guidelines—equations that quantify the approximate emission reductions that could be achieved from implementing these activities, and offers diverse case studies. Part III compares different strategies, considering costs and benefits of GHG abatement, and includes a Top Ten list of actions with the greatest potential impact on GHG emissions.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesToronto and Region Conservation University of Toronto--Sustainable Infrastructure Group
                                                                                                                                                                                      ContactsChristopher Kennedy, christopher.kennedy@utoronto.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                      NameGIS Application for Climate Change Decision-Making Proceedings
                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning sponsored a 1.5 day peer exchange in Atlanta, Georgia focusing on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to support transportation related climate change decisions. The Atlanta Regional Commission hosted the peer exchange. Participants included staff from the Maine Geological Survey, Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA), New England Environmental Finance Center, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), FHWA Headquarters, and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center). The purpose of the peer exchange was to allow participants to: Share their knowledge and experiences with each other; Discuss lessons learned and challenges; and Identify ways to improve agencies' abilities to develop and manage GIS/climate change applications, share geospatial data, and support public outreach through GIS technologies. This report provides overviews of the presentations given at the peer exchange and the associated questions and answers. It concludes with a summary of the roundtable discussions.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Recreation and Tourism
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                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesDepartment of Transportation
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                                                                                                                                                                                      NameGlobal Climate Change Impacts in the United States
                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels. In addition to discussing the impacts of climate change in the U.S., the report also highlights the choices we face in response to human-induced climate change. It is clear that impacts in the United States are already occurring and are projected to increase in the future, particularly if the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to rise. So, choices about how we manage greenhouse gas emissions will have far-reaching consequences for climate change impacts. Similarly, there are choices to be made about adaptation strategies that can help to reduce or avoid some of the undesirable impacts of climate change. This report provides many of the scientific underpinnings for effective decisions to be made – at the national and at the regional level. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesGlobal Change Research Progam
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                                                                                                                                                                                        NameGlobal Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States National Climate Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: "The US Congress recognizes the need to consider future trends in the Global Change Research Act (USGCRA), which calls for a National Climate Assessment (NCA) every four years. This report provides a synthesis of the scientific literature on global SLR at the request of a federal advisory committee charged with developing the next NCA. This report also provides a set of four global mean SLR scenarios to describe future conditions for the purpose of assessing potential vulnerabilities and impacts."(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA
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                                                                                                                                                                                        NameGoddard Space Flight Center- Climate Essentials
                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionNASA has released a new multimedia climate change "resource reel" showcasing free downloadable videos, data visualizations, animations, and still images that illustrate key climate change concepts and discoveries. The reel is divided into key topics such as ocean, atmosphere, and the sun. It also contains a search function that offers access to NASA’s larger multimedia archive.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Hindcasts (climatologies, models)
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                          • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                          NameGreen House Gas Reporting Data/Agency launches electronic GHG reporting tool
                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionU.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically. Prior to being finalized, more than1,000 stakeholders, including industry associations, states and NGOs tested the electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) to ensure clarity and user-friendliness. The data collected with e-GGRT will provide the public with important information about the nation’s largest stationary sources of greenhouse gas pollution. Industries and businesses can also use the data to help find ways to decrease carbon pollution, increase efficiency and save money(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsCathy Milbourn milbourn.cathy@epa.gov (202) 564-7849 (202) 564-4355
                                                                                                                                                                                          NameGreenhouse Gases and the American Lifestyle: Understanding Interstate Differences in Emissions
                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionThis report analyzes interstate variation in per capita emissions, seeking to explain why some states have much lower emissions than others. Some of the differences are based on objective factors beyond anyone’s control: for instance, the coldest states have high heating needs, while the hottest states use a lot of air conditioning. Other differences may be based on policies and measures that have lowered emissions in some states, and could be replicated in others. Identifying the causes of interstate differences in emissions may also help clarify the potential regional impacts of policies, such as a cap and trade system, which put a price on carbon emissions.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesEcotrust, Economics for Equity and the Environment, Stockholm Environment Institute Report
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                                                                                                                                                                                            NameGuide to Considering Climate Change in Environmental Assessments in Nova Scotia (2011)
                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionMany projects that trigger Project Registration and an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) in Nova Scotia can have relatively long life spans (from 20 to 100+ years). Highway infrastructure, mine tailings facilities, and energy infrastructure are examples of projects that will affect the environment and project viability—both physical (direct impacts such as sea‐level rise) and financial (such as insurance premiums and maintenance). Considering climate change at the time of Project Registration, in the EA, and early in the decision-making process may avoid future costs. This guide is designed to support the more detailed Guide to Considering Climate Change in Project Development in Nova Scotia, demonstrating how and where to incorporate climate change in a project’s EA.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesNova Scotia Environment
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                                                                                                                                                                                            NameGuide to Considering Climate Change in Project Development in Nova Scotia (2011)
                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis guide helps guide project developers as they assess its carbon footprint; review options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; gauge impacts the project may have on carbon sinks; identify whether or not potential hazards from climate change could affect the Project; and identify possible adaptation options. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                            NameHabitat Conservation for Climate Adaptation: Initial Lessons from the Field
                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThe report focuses on a Maryland-specific effort to identify conservation and management actions that would help Maryland increase coastal resiliency. The project involved developing a spatial analysis tool to help evaluate and rank parcels for acquisition incorporating climate change information. Maryland Department of Natural Resources worked with NOAA to identify project considerations for ecosystem/ conservation based adaptation planning that would apply and be useful for other states and entities. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsNOAA Coastal Services Center, (843) 740-1200
                                                                                                                                                                                            NameHeat Alert and Response Systems to Protect Health: Best Practices Guidebook (2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis guidebook provides an overview of health risks from extreme heat and offers evidence-based strategies for alerting health authorities and the public when hazardous conditions arise. It is intended for use by policymakers, planners and service providers involved in protecting citizens from extreme heat events. The guidebook is designed to help develop interventions tailored to the needs of a specific community.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesHealth Canada: Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsHealth Canada, nfo@hc-sc.gc.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                              NameHotspot of Accelerated Sea-Level Rise on the Atlantic Coast of North America
                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionAbstract: Climate warming does not force sea-level rise (SLR) at the same rate everywhere. Rather, there are spatial variations of SLR superimposed on a global average rise. These variations are forced by dynamic processes, arising from circulation and variations in temperature and/or salinity, and by static equilibrium processes, arising from mass redistributions changing gravity and the Earth’s rotation and shape. These sea-level variations form unique spatial patterns, yet there are very few observations verifying predicted patterns or fingerprints. Here, we present evidence of recently accelerated SLR in a unique 1,000-km-long hotspot on the highly populated North American Atlantic coast north of Cape Hatteras and show that it is consistent with a modelled fingerprint of dynamic SLR. Between 1950–1979 and 1980–2009, SLR rate increases in this northeast hotspot were ~ 3–4 times higher than the global average. Modelled dynamic plus steric SLR by 2100 at New York City ranges with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scenario from 36 to 51 cm (ref. 3); lower emission scenarios project 24–36 cm (ref. 7). Extrapolations from data herein range from 20 to 29 cm. SLR superimposed on storm surge, wave run-up and set-up will increase the vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding, and beaches and wetlands to deterioration. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                              NameHydroclimatic flood trends in the northeastern United States and linkages with large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns
                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionMany stream gauges (selected for long record lengths and climate sensitivity) in the Mid-Atlantic show evidence for step increases in flood magnitude and/or frequency around 1970. In New England, researchers found evidence for lagged positive relationships between the winter North Atlantic Oscillation phase and flood magnitude and frequency. Results suggest hydroclimatic changes in regional flood response that are related to a combination of factors, including cyclic atmospheric variability and secular trends related to climate warming affecting both antecedent conditions and event-scale processes.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                NameIdentifying Coastal Habitats at Risk from Climate Change Impacts in the Gulf of Maine
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionIdentifying Coastal Habitats at Risk from Climate Change Impacts in the Gulf of Maine This report was prepared by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment's Climate Change Network. The purpose of this document is to identify what research has been carried out in relation to climate change and its effects on the GoM coast. The research primarily includes studies on habitats and climate change and includes information on geology, topography, and watersheds. The focus is to bring together the available information in publications and maps and to begin to identify where gaps may exist.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Social and Cultural Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                ContactsRegina Lyons
                                                                                                                                                                                                NameIdentifying Species in Pennsylvania Potentially Vulnerable to Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionThe Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program set out to fill the need of identifying which species in the state are vulnerable to climate change. The goals of the project were to 1)compile a priority list of species occurring in Pennsylvania that are likely vulnerable to climate change and 2)examine the climate change vulnerability of species included in the priority list. The overall objective was to not only identify climate change vulnerable species but to also examine the abiotic factors and life history characteristics that contribute to their increased vulnerability.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesPennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
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                                                                                                                                                                                                NameIdentifying the Possible Effects of Climate Change on Invasive Species in the Gulf of Maine – a Background Report
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionIdentifying the Possible Effects of Climate Change on Invasive Species in the Gulf of Maine – a Background Report The purpose of this document is to identify available research on climate change and the effect this may have on invasive species in the Gulf of Maine. The research primarily includes studies on invasive species, habitats, oceanography, and the indicators of climate change. The focus is to bring together the available information in publications and maps and to begin to identify where gaps may exist. Recommendations for further work are subsequently suggested.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesGulf of Maine Council
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                                                                                                                                                                                                NameImpacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionExecutive Summary: Ecosystems, and the biodiversity and services they support, are intrinsically dependent on climate. During the twentieth century, climate change has had documented impacts on ecological systems, and impacts are expected to increase as climate change continues and perhaps even accelerates. This technical input to the National Climate Assessment synthesizes our scientific understanding of the way climate change is affecting biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and what strategies might be employed to decrease current and future risks. Building on past assessments of how climate change and other stressors are affecting ecosystems in the United States and around the world, we approach the subject from several different perspectives. First, we review the observed and projected impacts on biodiversity, with a focus on genes, species, and assemblages of species. Next, we examine how climate change is affecting ecosystem structural elements—such as biomass, architecture, and heterogeneity—and functions—specifically, as related to the fluxes of energy and matter. People experience climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems as changes in ecosystem services; people depend on ecosystems for resources that are harvested, their role in regulating the movement of materials and disturbances, and their recreational, cultural, and aesthetic value. Thus, we review newly emerging research to determine how human activities and a changing climate are likely to alter the delivery of these ecosystem services. This technical input also examines two cross-cutting topics. First, we recognize that climate change is happening against the backdrop of a wide range of other environmental and anthropogenic stressors, many of which have caused dramatic ecosystem degradation already. This broader range of stressors interacts with climate change, and complicates our abilities to predict and manage the impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems, and the services they support. The second cross-cutting topic is the rapidly advancing field of climate adaptation, where there has been significant progress in developing the conceptual framework, planning approaches, and strategies for safeguarding biodiversity and other ecological resources. At the same time, ecosystem-based adaptation is becoming more prominent as a way to utilize ecosystem services to help human systems adapt to climate change. In this summary, we present key findings of the technical input, focusing on themes that can be found throughout the report. Thus, this summary takes a more integrated look at the question of how climate change is affecting our ecological resources, the implications for humans, and possible response strategies. This integrated approach better reflects the impacts of climate in the real world, where changes in ecosystem structure or function will alter the viability of different species and the efficacy of ecosystem services. Likewise, adaptation to climate change will simultaneously address a range of conservation goals. Case studies are used to illustrate this complete picture throughout the report; a snapshot of one case study, 2011 Las Conchas, New Mexico Fire, is included in this summary. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesU.S. Global Change Research Program
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                                                                                                                                                                                                NameImpacts of Future Sea Level Rise on the Coastal Floodplain
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionFrom the Report: The purpose of this project was to model a static 2-foot rise in sea level for an area of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge that is covered by Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data flown in 2004 for the NOAA Coastal Services Center (NOAA, 2004). The Maine Geological Survey (MGS) also simulated a static 1 ft and 3 ft rise in sea level for the study area, and evaluated potential impacts on marsh habitat and flooding. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesMaine Geological Survey
                                                                                                                                                                                                ContactsPeter A. Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey, Peter.A.Slovinsky@maine.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                NameImplementing the National Water Program Strategy: Reponse to Climate Change Progress Report for 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionA report on progress in implementing the OW Climate Strategy in 2008. April 2010 two fact sheets issued 1) EPA Regional and Large Aquatic Ecosystem Programs Highlights of Progress 2007-2009; 2) EPA Office of Water Highlights of Progress 2007-2009. EPA National Water Program Strategy has released an update to its Response to Climate Change Strategy. This 2010-2011 Update describes the Key Actions that are continuing to be implemented over the next two years. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesEPA National Water Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsRegina Lyons
                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameIncorporating Sea Level Change Scenarios at the Local Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Description(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNOAA, Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameIncreased Frequency of Low-Magnitude Floods in New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionAbstract: Recent studies document increasing precipitation and streamflow in the northeastern United States throughout the 20th and early 21st Centuries. Annual peak discharges have increased over this period on many New England rivers with dominantly natural streamflow – especially for smaller, more frequent floods. To better investigate high-frequency floods (<5-year recurrence interval), we analyze the partial duration flood series for 23 New England rivers selected for minimal human impact. The study rivers have continuous records through 2006 and an average period of record of 71 years. Twenty-two of the 23 rivers show increasing trends in peaks over threshold per water year (POT⁄WY) – a direct measure of flood frequency – using the MannKendall trend test. Ten of these trends had p < 0.1. Seventeen rivers show positive trends in flood magnitude, six of which had p < 0.1. We also investigate a potential hydroclimatic shift in the region around 1970. Twenty-two of the 23 rivers show increased POT⁄WY in the post-1970 period when comparing pre- and post- 1970 records using the Wilcoxon rank-sum test. More than half of these increases have p < 0.1, indicating a shift in flow regime toward more frequent flooding. Region wide, we found a median increase of one flood per year for the post-1970 period. Because frequent floods are important channel-forming flows, these results have implications for channel and floodplain morphology, aquatic habitat, and restoration.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsMathias Collins, NOAA, mathias.collins@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameInforming an Effective Response to Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Description"Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change," the newest panel report from the America's Climate Choices suite of studies, demonstrates that demand for information to support climate-related decisions has grown as people, organizations, and governments have moved ahead with plans and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameInforming Decisions in a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionInforming Decisions in a Changing Climate examines the growing need for climate-related decision support--that is, organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve the quality and efficacy of climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, it develops guidance for government agencies and other institutions that will provide or use information for coping with climate change. This volume provides critical analysis of interest to agencies at every level, as well as private organizations that will have to cope with the world's changing climate. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNational Research Council. Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameInforming Decisions in a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionFrom NAP Website: Everyone--government agencies, private organizations, and individuals--is facing a changing climate: an environment in which it is no longer prudent to follow routines based on past climatic averages. State and local agencies in particular, as well as the federal government, need to consider what they will have to do differently if the 100-year flood arrives every decade or so, if the protected areas for threatened species are no longer habitable, or if a region can expect more frequent and more severe wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, water shortages, or other extreme environmental events. Both conceptually and practically, people and organizations will have to adjust what may be life-long assumptions to meet the potential consequences of climate change. How and where should bridges be built? What zoning rules may need to be changed? How can targets for reduced carbon emissions be met? These and myriad other questions will need to be answered in the coming years and decades. Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate examines the growing need for climate-related decision support--that is, organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve the quality and efficacy of climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, it develops guidance for government agencies and other institutions that will provide or use information for coping with climate change. This volume provides critical analysis of interest to agencies at every level, as well as private organizations that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNational Research Council
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameInfrastructure and Resilience: Forging a National Strategy for Reconstruction and Growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionFrom the report: The Center for American Progress has worked over several years to support the efforts of President Clinton in leading the charge to forge a national commitment to work with cities as they lead the modernization of U.S. infrastructure and prepare for a host of new challenges introduced by a changing climate. In support of both of these efforts, we offer here a proposal for accelerating federal efforts to support communities as the nation rebuilds its infrastructure.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesCenter for American Progress
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameIntegrated River and Coastal Hydrodynamic Flood Risk Mapping (2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThis project demonstrates how integration of coastal tidal-surge models with watershed river run-off Coastal tidal-surge models and watershed river run-off models must be integrated to accurately model flood risk for communities located along estuaries. It was confirmed that the discharge of the river during significant rainfall-runoff flooding events is influenced by the tide in the downstream estuary. To accurately model the flooding, the interaction between river discharge and the water level within the estuary must be taken into account. Models that simulate this interaction require accurate terrestrial and bathymetric topography. Lidar was found to provide sufficient detail to generate high-resolution surface models representing floodplains and terrestrial areas. Low cost sonar surveys were found to be extremely useful for providing bathymetric data in shallow areas which fell outside Canadian Hydrographic Services nautical chart soundings. The integration of these data sources provided sufficient topographic information to interpolate a seamless surface DEM, which could be used for accurate rainfall-runoff and hydrodynamic modeling. These integrated models have been shown to produce accurate flood simulation results.models more accurately represents the flood risk for communities located along estuaries.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association Nova Scotia Department of Environment Climate Change Directorate Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Sciences
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameIntegrated Science Strategy for Ocean Acidification Monitoring, Research, and Impacts Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionFrom the product description: "The ocean has absorbed a significant portion of all human-made carbon dioxide emissions. This benefits human society by moderating the rate of climate change, but also causes unprecedented changes to ocean chemistry. Carbon dioxide taken up by the ocean decreases the pH of the water and leads to a suite of chemical changes collectively known as ocean acidification. The long term consequences of ocean acidification are not known, but are expected to result in changes to many ecosystems and the services they provide to society. Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean reviews the current state of knowledge, explores gaps in understanding, and identifies several key findings. Like climate change, ocean acidification is a growing global problem that will intensify with continued CO2 emissions and has the potential to change marine ecosystems and affect benefits to society. The federal government has taken positive initial steps by developing a national ocean acidification program, but more information is needed to fully understand and address the threat that ocean acidification may pose to marine ecosystems and the services they provide. In addition, a global observation network of chemical and biological sensors is needed to monitor changes in ocean conditions attributable to acidification."(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNational Research Council
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameInventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionApril 2009, EPA released the national greenhouse gas inventory, indicating that overall emissions during 2007 increased by 1.4 percent from the 2006. The "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007", is the latest annual report submitted by the United States to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which sets an overall framework for governments internationally to address climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Other
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • International
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesEPA
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameJuice From Concentrate: Reducing Emissions with Concentrating Solar Thermal Power
                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionJuice From Concentrate: Reducing Emissions with Concentrating Solar Thermal Power. This report examines Concentrating Solar Thermal power (CST), a renewable energy resource that presents policy-makers and investors with a significant potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesWorld Resources Institute
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          NameKnowledge of Climate Change Across Global Warming’s Six Americas
                                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionKnowledge of Climate Change Across Global Warming's Six Americas report includes results from a national study of what the American public understands about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts and potential solutions to global warming. Prior research has identified six distinct audiences within the American public (the Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, Dismissive) that each respond to global warming in very different ways. This report describes how knowledge of climate change varies across these different groups. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesYale Project on Climate Change and Communication
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsAnthony Leiserowitz, Yale University,Anothony.leiserowitz@yale.edu Nicholas Smith, Yale University, nicholas.smith@yale.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameLessons Learned from Delaware LiDAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis report outlines lessons-learned from acquiring LiDAR data in Delaware. The report notes that using a collaborative approach to obtain lidar data makes sense as that decreases agency costs while meeting multiple needs. However, not all data will fit everyone’s needs. The statewide lidar coverage came from two separate collection projects implemented two years apart. When the projects were proposed, few in the state were familiar with the LiDAR or had the capacity to work with such large data sets. Understanding what initial users want to do with the data provides only part of the information needed. Understanding potential data uses and the requirements of the end user helps ensure that the data stay valuable by meeting present and future needs. The availability of statewide LiDAR data in Delaware was delayed because project participants had to integrate non-standardized data sets and formats. Based on lessons learned from the two projects, future LiDAR collection project in Delaware will begin by identifying common end user goals. In addition, the following measures will be taken: • Data specifications and formats will be standardized • The end user’s technical capacity will be considered • All deliverables will be described adequately to ensure complete delivery • End users will review the contracts before their final acceptance(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesDelaware Coastal Programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsBob Scarborough, Delaware Coastal Programs, Bob.Scarborough@state.de.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameLiDAR Data Collected in Marshes: Its Error and Application for Sea Level Rise Modeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis paper analyzes the accuracy, corrective techniques, and associated use of LiDAR data in coastal settings. The paper specifically focuses on marshes in sea-level rise studies, focusing primarily on a habitat migration model, Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model, or SLAMM, was it is one of the most commonly used models. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Other
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameLidar processing and Flood Risk Mapping for Coastal Areas in the District of Lunenburg, Town and District of Yarmouth, Amherst, Count Cumberland, Wolfville and Windsor (2011)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis report deals with the construction of flood risk maps using LIDAR and detailed 1-2 m bare earth elevation model to support communities that are vulnerable to coastal flooding from storm surges and long term sea-level rise. Each ACAS municipality (Lunenburg, Oxford-Yarmouth, Amherst, Cumberland, Wolfville, Windsor) received various GIS layers including the high resolution (ca. 1 m) lidar derived digital surface model and elevation model as well as the different flood layers. Presentations were made to transfer the results and technology and explain how the maps were generated and how to use them. This report is the summary document to be used in association with those GIS data files.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Nova Scotia Department of Environment Climate Change Directorate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameLimits on the Adaptability of Coastal Marshes to Rising Sea Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionAbstract: Assumptions of a static landscape inspire predictions that about half of the world’s coastal wetlands will submerge during this century in response to sea‐level acceleration. In contrast, we use simulations from five numerical models to quantify the conditions under which ecogeomorphic feedbacks allow coastal wetlands to adapt to projected changes in sea level. In contrast to previous sea‐level assessments, we find that non‐linear feedbacks among inundation, plant growth, organic matter accretion, and sediment deposition, allow marshes to survive conservative projections of sea‐level rise where suspended sediment concentrations are greater than ∼20 mg/L. Under scenarios of more rapid sea‐level rise (e.g., those that include ice sheet melting), marshes will likely submerge near the end of the 21st century. Our results emphasize that in areas of rapid geomorphic change, predicting the response of ecosystems to climate change requires consideration of the ability of biological processes to modify their physical environment.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead Agencies
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsMatthew Kirwan, Research Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, mlk4n@virginia.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameLocal Government, Sustainability & Climate Change: A Resource for Elected Municipal Officials in New Brunswick (2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis document discusses responsibilities of municipal officials in relation to climate change, and outlines a framework for taking action (in areas such as land use, infrastructure, buildings, water/sewerage, transportation, waste management, and emergency services). The guide includes potential planning measures, and suggestions for funding sources.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association in cooperation with New Brunswick Department of Environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsMargaret Tusz-King (author)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameLocal Strategies for Addressing Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis document contains articles that were in earlier issues of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Services Center publication Coastal Services. The purpose of the document is to put examples of existing tools, programs, and projects that are already in place to consider if they could help address climate change impacts. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameLocal Strategies for Addressing Climate Change Volume 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis is the second publication of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center that is focused on what coastal resource managers around the country are already doing to address the impacts of climate change. All articles first appeared in Coastal Services, a national trade journal for coastal resource managers published by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaine Property Owner's Guide to Managing Flooding, Erosion and Other Coastal Hazards
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis Guide was created by Maine Sea Grant to help coastal property owners and municipal officials identify features and different types of hazards on the Maine coast, and evaluate potential responses and actions. This guide is an outcome of the project, Coastal Community Resilience: Developing and Testing a Model of State-based Outreach. First a user selects the type of coast they have on their property. The user then can select various options to deal with coastal hazards and learn more about each approach. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead Agencies
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsKristen Grant, Maine Sea Grant, kngrant@maine.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaine Sea-Level Rise Simulation
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionFrom Project Document: The Maine Natural Areas Program and the Maine Geological Service have been working on an SLR simulation. The objective of the project is to identify areas of the landscape where tidal marshes can migrate or expand under several SLR scenarios, and to provide that information to relevant public and private planning and conservation organizations. Thus far the project is only addressing south coastal Maine, as that is the portion of the coast for which LiDAR data was available when we started. We will eventually expand the project coast wide as LiDAR for the remainder of the coast has recently become available. Our SLR simulation is a simple bathtub model and does not attempt to address any of the dynamic processes affecting the development of tidal marshes. At this point we are not attempting to predict where marshes might be lost or where whole new systems might form, rather just where existing marshes might migrate or expand to. Steps in the project completed to date: - all tidal marshes greater than 5 acres excluding isolated fringing marsh have been mapped in GIS using ortho photography - ground truthing of LiDAR accuracy in and adjacent to marshes was completed across the range of the project - ground truthing of vegetation was completed in a subset of remotely mapped marshes across the range of the project - GIS simulations for 1 meter and 0.6 meters highest annual tide (HAT) of SLR that identify undeveloped areas of the landscape where existing marshes might migrate or expand to have also been completed (see attached map for sample of results). Steps remaining include analysis of the results, formatting the data for external use, and sharing the data with potential users. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesMaine Natural Areas Program and Maine Geological Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsDon Cameron, Maine Natural Areas Program, 207-287-8041; Don.S.Cameron@maine.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Earth’s atmosphere is experiencing unprecedented changes that are modifying the global climate, with consequences for all regions and societies. Discussions have begun on how to reduce and eventually eliminate the rapid and accelerating additions of carbon dioxide, other greenhouse gases, and other pollutants to the world’s atmosphere and oceans. These efforts are vitally important and urgent for Maine and the rest of the world. This report considers past change over geologic time, recent evidence of accelerated rates of change, and the implications of continued climate change in Maine during the 21st century as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and their associated pollutants. Even if a coordinated response succeeds in eliminating excess greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, something that appears highly unlikely today, climate change will continue because the elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) can persist in the atmosphere for thousands of years to come. It includes a section on the Gulf of Maine as well as other sectors that relate to the coastal environment. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesUniversity of Maine, Climate Change Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsGeorge Jacobson, Climate Change Institute, jacobson@maine.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMajor Tipping Points in the Earth’s Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionWorld Wildlife Fund and insurer Allianz's report on major tipping points warns that sea-level rise could dramatically increase risks to buildings, transportation infrastructure and other assets exposed to severe storm surges in coastal US. The study estimates that current assets at risk to a 1-in-100-year storm surge amount to $1.4 trillion. A mid-century global sea level rise of 0.5 meters (20 inches), with an additional 0.15 meter (6 inches) localized rise along the northeast U.S. coast, could jeopardize assets worth close to $7.4 trillion.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesWorld Wildlife Fund & Allianz
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameManager’s Guide to Refuge Vulnerability Assessment and Alternatives: Overview and Practical Considerations
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionFrom the Report: This guide introduces and summarizes a comprehensive approach for assessing refuge vulnerability and developing adaptation strategies and alternatives, known as the “RVAA.” It provides practical considerations for National Wildlife Refuge and other land managers interested in scoping and initiating such a project. It also serves as an introduction to the Technical Guide for Assessing Vulnerability for Refuges and Landscapes and Developing Alternatives for Management.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NatureServe
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsPatrick Crist, NatureServe,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameManaging Coastal Watersheds to Address Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options for the Middle Patuxent Subwatershed of the Chesapeake Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe purpose of this project and report is to help NOAA and its partners set the stage for addressing climate change impacts in the Chesapeake Bay, focusing on how to integrate climate change into coastal restoration and conservation activities. To do this, NWF worked with NOAA, a panel, and technical experts to identify climate change impacts for the Middle Patuxent subwatershed and developed options for adapting restoration and conservation practices to address those impacts. This report focuses on describing the vulnerability of the Middle Patuxent subwatershed and a selection of species, habitats, and conservation and restoration project types to climate change as well as providing a suite of potential adaptation options to address those vulnerabilities.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNational Wildlife Federation, NOAA
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameManaging Risk - Helping Cities in Massachusetts Adapt to Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe document features reports prepared by interns at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Project. Some students are part of the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative (MUSIC). Their work is linked to the new Science, Decisions and Policy Program of the US Geological Survey which emphasizes ecosystem services, adaptive management; resilience, vulnerability and risk; along with the science of science policy. These students are trained to help groups with conflicting views have productive conversations. Ultimately, the goal was to enable governmental, corporate and civil society groups to engage in collaborative environmental management.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesMIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaple Syrup 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe 2012 maple syrup season in New England was considered too warm. A series of heat waves in March ended the season for many, and resulted in a significant drop in maple syrup production. An exception was Maine, where temperatures were cool enough in top-producing Somerset County to prolong the season until the middle of April. Respondents across New England reported weather conditions at 90 percent too warm, 8 percent favorable, and 2 percent too cold. Mild winter temperatures got the 2012 season off to an unusually early start and many maple producers were caught off guard for the first sap runs in January and February. March temperatures were highly volatile with a historic heat wave that brought summer-like temperatures in the 70s and 80s across New England. The heat wave forced early budding of maple trees, marking the end of the maple syrup season.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesUSDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service, New England Field Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsGarry Keough, 603-224-9639
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMapping Assets Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise North Kingstown, Rhode Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program (RISG) program worked with partners from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the Statewide Planning Program, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), the University of Rhode Island Environmental Data Center (URI-EDC), and other institutions, to advance issues related to understanding climate change impacts related to sea level rise, flooding and erosion, and the associated economic, social and environmental implications for the state's 21 coastal communities. Much has been done related to these issues in terms of science synthesis, policy development, and outreach. From this work, the need for a more detailed analysis of vulnerable assets, adaptation strategies and implementation techniques that can be applied in Rhode Island’s coastal communities was identified. The key obstacle has been the lack of digital elevation data for coastal Rhode Island and the lack of availability of this information. This project collected and synthesized the best available digital elevation data for coastal Rhode Island as of 2010, resulting in a series of map and data products that resource managers and decision makers can use to assess vulnerability to projected sea level rise. The high resolution topography and bathymetry data can be used for many other applications as well. This collaborative project included a participatory process to ensure that the products are suited for state and municipal agencies and resource managers in the state. In addition to statewide products, a pilot project was implemented with the Town of North Kingstown to demonstrate the use of these tools for local planning and action to address sea level rise and increased inundation expected in the future. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesRhode Island Sea Grant College Program; University of Rhode Island Environmental Data Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsPam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resources Center/ RI Sea Grant, rubi@crc.uri.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMapping Coastal Inundation Primer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionFrom the introduction: This document provides some basic information about mapping coastal inundation and provides examples of short-term inundation events (storm surge) and longer-term climate-induced events (sea level rise). It is not a step-by-step method for creating an inundation map but, more accurately, provides guidance on methods to use, ways to determine which data to use, and resources that could be helpful. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMapping the Distribution, Abundance and Risk Assessment of Marine Birds in the Northwest Atlantic: Phase 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis project will look at the impacts of offshore development such as energy development on shore birds in the northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The project will produce maps that identify distribution, abundance, and areas of risk (high, medium, and low) for the marine birds. The maps and the project can help inform offshore siting decisions. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsTim Jones, Science Coordinator, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, Tel: 301-497-5674. Email: Tim_Jones@fws.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMarsh Analysis and Planning Tool Incorporating Tides and Elevations (MAPTITE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionMAPTITE is an ArcGIS extension being developed by staff in NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NCCOS, NGS, and CO-OPS) to identify suitable locations for planting new marsh plants during coastal wetland restoration. MAPTITE produces models of restoration area elevations, based on a combination of a digital elevation model (DEM) derived from GPS observations, local tide station data, and vegetation information By delineating targeted planting areas and providing point data that can be uploaded to GPS receivers for those areas, MAPTITE creates the data files that will allow users to accurately position specific species in suitable habitat.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNOAA’s National Ocean Service (NCCOS, NGS, and CO-OPS) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsKen Buja,NOAA, Ken.Buja@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMarshes on the Move
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThis report was written as a tool for coastal resource managers and decision-makers that need to plan for and address impacts of sea-level rise on wetlands, using models and their outputs that they did not design themselves. The document includes a description of common model assumptions, parameters, and uncertainties as well as provides a guide on the right question to ask the model experts, understanding real world implications of the models, and incorporating model results into management decisions and initiatives. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesThe Nature Conservancy and NOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsTNC Global Marine Team; marine@tnc.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaryland Coast Smart
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThrough Maryland’s CoastSmart Communities Initiative, the Chesapeake and Coastal Program is helping local communities identify and implement strategies to protect life and property vulnerable to coastal hazards and climate change. From hands-on training and planning tools to financial resources, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program is ensuring that local communities have the tools that they need to identify and take the necessary actions to become ready, adaptive and resilient to the impacts of climate change. In partnership with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Chesapeake & Coastal Program provides financial assistance to local communities for coastal hazards and sea-level rise response planning. Funding has been used to assist local communities invest in computer models, implement land use plans and establish development codes and ordinances. The Chesapeake & Coastal Program develops and provides technical tools and skill-building opportunities to local communities on how to implement climate change and sea level rise measures into local policies and programs.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsKate Skaggs, Maryland Coast Smart, kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaryland Coastal Atlas
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Coastal Atlas is the result of a collaborative effort among the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Energy Administration, Towson University, the University of Maryland, The Nature Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data available through the Coastal Atlas includes physical characteristics, human uses and ecological resources. Through the Coastal Atlas, users are able to visualize, query, map, and analyze available data to better manage our marine and estuarine resources. The tools currently available, and those that will be continually developed for the Coastal Atlas, are designed to support better decision-making by transforming available data into information tailored for specific issues. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Data Stewardship and Provisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsChris Cortina, Chesapeake & Coastal Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ccortina@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameMaryland Department of Natural Resources Policy: Building Resilience to Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe purpose of the policy is to provide direction and guidance to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which has the primary role within the state of managing natural resources and understanding vulnerability to climate change, on investments in and management of land aquisition, resources, and assets in the face of climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ContactsZoe Johnson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ZJohnson@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameMaryland LiDAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionThe Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with several MSGIC affiliates, is collecting and distributing several LIDAR-derived elevation data products. If interested in obtaining any of the data collected by DNR (as shown on the map), please contact Dave Foreman (410-260-8761). LIDAR produced by a county must be obtained from that county.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameMaryland State Wildlife Action Plan Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThe Maryland Division of Wildlife and Heritage completed NatureServe's Climate Change Vulnerabiltiy Index (CCVI) for all Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Action Plan. Heritage also ran the G1 to G3 plants in the state through the CCVI. In addition, they used Manomet's (Hector Galbraith's) non-coastal habitat vulnerability assessment model for its ecolofical communities. Both processes and results were peer-reviewed. For the coastal species and habitats, Heritage is assessing Tier 1 and Tier 2 sites in the Action Plan and looking at where the sites fall in terms of a range of sea-level rise scenarios (0-2, 2-5. 5-10 feet). This helps determine which sites and species located there might be influenced by sea-level rise. This information will be used in the update of the Wildlife Action Plan due to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015; however, the approach taken to integrate this information has not yet been determined. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsDana Limpert, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, dlimpert@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameMaryland's Living Shoreline Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionMaryland's Living Shoreline Initiative includes a tool in the Coastal Atlas called the Shoreline Management tool and involves training workshops for contractors, local managers and private landowners on implementing “living shoreline” protection practices to minimize shoreline erosion and protect upland properties. Topics covered have included: site visits and determining if a living shoreline is appropriate, state and county permits, working with a contractor, financial assistance for projects, and more. To date, workshops for private landowners have been conducted in partnership with Worcester, Kent, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert Counties.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsZoe Johnson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ZJohnson@dnr.state.md.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameMassachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe Massachusetts Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act and it was signed in 2008. It directed the secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to convene an advisory committee to develop a report, analyzing adaptation strategeis for projected climate changes. This report is by the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee, and it is organized into two parts. Part I includes an overview of the observed and predicted changes to Massachusetts‘ climate and their anticipated impacts, key findings, a set of guiding principles, and key adaptation strategies, cutting across multiple sectors. The second part of the report is organized into five sections, including coastal zone and oceans as well as natural resources and habitat, key infrastructure, human health and welfare, and local economy and government. Each section includes a description of the vulnerabilities to climate change and adaptation strategies that could help increase resilience and preparedness. The coastal section focuses on the open ocean, bays, estuaries, salt marshes and tidal flats. This section outlines vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies relating to land protection, policy, management and restoration, and monitoring. The report also includes a section specific to wetlands, including coastal wetlands. Vulnerabilities relate to changes in temperature and precipitation, and adaptation strategies are identified relating to land protection, policy, management and restoration, and monitoring.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesExecutive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Adaptation Advisory Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsVandana Rao, Asst. Director for Water Policy Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, vandana.rao@state.ma.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameMassachusetts Ocean Resource Information System
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionMORIS, the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System, is an online mapping tool created by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS), SeaPlan, Applied Science Associates (ASA), Charlton Galvarino, and PeopleGIS. MORIS can be used to search and display spatial data pertaining to the Massachusetts coastal zone. Users can interactively view various data layers (e.g., tide gauge stations, marine protected areas, access points, eelgrass beds, etc.) over a backdrop of aerial photographs, political boundaries, natural resources, human uses, bathymetry, or other data including Google base maps. Users can quickly create and share maps and download the actual data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS). While designed for coastal management professionals, MORIS can be used by anyone interested in these data and maps. It includes elevation information, but it does not include sea-level rise projections.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Data: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesMassachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsDaniel Sampson, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management daniel.sampson@state.ma.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameMassGIS Data - LiDAR Terrain Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionMassGIS has processed and released LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) terrain data for 17 delivery areas in Massachusetts. Available data consist of “bare-earth” Digital Elevation Model (DEM) tiles that can be downloaded for free, and classified LAS files that can be ordered for small areas on DVD or larger areas on a user supplied hard drive. These seventeen datasets cover most of eastern Massachusetts, as well as portions of Hampden County. The data can be used for emergency response, drainage studies and hydrologic / floodplain modeling, development suitability analysis and infrastructure planning, identification of structures and other man-made features, habitat classification, vegetation mapping and many other purposes. Each dataset represents a distinct data acquisition project with unique characteristics. Acquisition dates range from 2002 to 2011 and a variety of agencies and/or partnerships sponsored these missions – details can be found in the project specific metadata. Differences include the instruments used to acquire the data, processing software, accuracy, point spacing, format, projection, tiling schemes, and availability of derivative products such as contours and breaklines. Point and raster data are available for each project area. The point data are in ASCII text files storing XYZ coordinates, binary LAS files, or bare-earth TINs. The rasters are GeoTiffs. The horizontal datum for all data is NAD83; the vertical datum is NAVD88.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesMassachusetts Office of Geographic Information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameMid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) Portal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe MARCO Mapping and Planning Portal is an online tool that allows state, federal, and local decision-makers and the public to visualize, query, map, and analyze ocean and coastal data in the Mid-Atlantic region. The five MARCO states agreed to work together to develop a regional, web-based portal as part of their 2009 action plan. In response to this need, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program provided funding (through their CZM Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration- NOAA) for creation of this prototype mapping and planning portal for the Mid-Atlantic region. The portal was developed by a team of representatives from each of the Mid-Atlantic States, NOAA, and The Nature Conservancy. The portal includes map data layers grouped into five broad categories: Administrative (e.g. official boundaries) Biological (e.g. sea‐floor habitats) Geophysical (e.g. water depth, sediments) Human Uses (e.g. fishing, shipping) Decision Support (e.g. overlays of various uses and natural features). The portal includes a sea-level rise vulnerability layer based on the coastal vulnerability index under the Geophysical category.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesMARCO, Mid-Atlantic States, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameModal Primer on Greenhouse Gas and Energy Issues for the Transportation Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionModal Primer on GHG and Energy Issues for the Transportation Industry (TRB Transportation Research Circular E-C143)/ The primer is designed to provide transportation decision makers with an inclusive, educated, and objective overview of the current state of the transportation industry from a GHG and energy standpoint.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesTransportation Research Circular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameModel Standard of Practice for Climate Change Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Model Standards of Practice for Climate Change Planning is designed to help planners move from recognition of the challenges of climate change–and their professional responsibility to address it–to effective action on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. It includes two elements: • A statement that establishes principles of responsible professional practice for addressing climate change. • A framework to serve as a model to planners as they consider climate change in their professional practice.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesCanadian Institute of Planners Natural Resources Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameModeling Sea Level Rise Impacts on Storm Surges Along US Coasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionAbstract: Sound policies for protecting coastal communities and assets require good information about vulnerability to flooding. Here, we investigate the influence of sea level rise on expected storm surge-driven water levels and their frequencies along the contiguous United States. We use model output for global temperature changes, a semi-empirical model of global sea level rise, and long-term records from 55 nationally distributed tidal gauges to develop sea level rise projections at each gauge location. We employ more detailed records over the period 1979–2008 from the same gauges to elicit historic patterns of extreme high water events, and combine these statistics with anticipated relative sea level rise to project changing local extremes through 2050. We find that substantial changes in the frequency of what are now considered extreme water levels may occur even at locations with relatively slow local sea level rise, when the difference in height between presently common and rare water levels is small. We estimate that, by mid-century, some locations may experience high water levels annually that would qualify today as ‘century’ (i.e., having a chance of occurrence of 1% annually) extremes. Today’s century levels become ‘decade’ (having a chance of 10% annually) or more frequent events at about a third of the study gauges, and the majority of locations see substantially higher frequency of previously rare storm-driven water heights in the future. These results add support to the need for policy approaches that consider the non-stationarity of extreme events when evaluating risks of adverse climate impacts. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesClimate Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsClaudia Tebaldi, Climate Central, ctebaldi@climatecentral.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NameMulti-Scale Water Infrastructure Characterization and Adaptation to Climate and Socioeconomic Changes: A National Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) multi‐scale infrastructure assessment project supports both water resource adaptation to climate change and the rehabilitation of the nation’s aging water infrastructure by providing tools, scientific data and information to program offices and regions. Active involvement and participation of stakeholders in this project by EPA offices and regions, other federal agencies and departments, academic institutions, and the water industry and its associations will make the EPA’s assessment process more efficient and effective.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameMunicipal Climate Change Action Plan Guidebook:Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Funds (2011)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis guide provides a six-step planning framework designed to help Nova Scotia municipalities prepare Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAP) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify priorities for climate change adaptation.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsRene Frigault, Planning and Development Officer, Federal Gas Tax Fund frigaurj@gov.ns.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameMunicipal Resources for Adapting to Climate Change (2009)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThe purpose of this 19-page summary is to provide information to municipal officials about municipal adaptation initiatives and to provide resources for municipal officials who wish to undertake adaptation planning. It lists Canadian communities with adaptation programs underway (as of 2009), along with some international examples, and includes links to organizations that offer support in adaptation planning.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesICLEI-Canada (Local Governments for Sustainability) Federation of Canadian Municipalities--Partners for Climate Protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsFCM's Partners for Climate Protection, pcp@fcm.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameMunicipal Risk Assessment Tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionIn early 2010, the Insurance Bureau of Canada retained Dillon Consulting Limited and Tesera Systems Inc. to support design and development of the Municipal Risk Assessment Tool (MRAT). MRAT helps predict where vulnerabilities in systems could prompt costly sewer backup damage to homes and businesses. MRAT provides a visual representation of sewer backflow risk zones, helping municipalities to identify their greatest sewer and stormwater vulnerabilities.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesInsurance Bureau of Canada Tesera Systems Inc. Dillon Consulting Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsHelen Lialias Media Relations Officer, Insurance Bureau of Canada hlialias@ibc.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameNarragansett Bay Research Reserve Sentiental Marsh Monitoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThe  Narragansett Bay National Estuartine Research Reserve has been monitoring salt marsh structural parameters for 10 years. More recently, the Reserve entered into a 3‐year project with 4 additional reserves to conduct coordinated salt marsh monitoring at a national scale. This marsh monitoring component will set up Reserve marshes as long‐term reference sites that can be used to 1) evaluate how natural salt marshes are changing over time in response to the large‐scale effects of global climate change and sea‐level rise, and 2) evaluate the ecological changes at restoring marshes around Narragansett Bay as they recover from tidal restrictions. This program will enable scientists and managers to assess how these marshes are changing over time in response to climate change, restoration, and other natural and anthropogenic stressors.   (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNarragansett Bay National Estuartine Research Reserve
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameNational Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-level Rise, Coastal Vulberability Index (CVI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Coastal Vulnerability Index is designed to determine relative risks from future sea-level rise on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. The CVI quanitifies the relative risk that physical changes will take place from sea-level rise based on various factors, including tidal range, wave height, coastal slope, shoreline change, geomorphology, and historical rate of relative sea-level rise. The approach combines vulnerabilty from sea-level rise and the systems ability to naturally adapt. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Surveys and Preliminary Assessments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesUSGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program's National Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameNational Assessment of Shoreline Change Web Mapping Application
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) National Assessment of Shoreline Change Web Mapping Application provides a national map view of short- and long-term shoreline change evaluations, and historical and modern shorelines. This map includes data layers compiled in support of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Assessment of Shoreline Change Program. The default map view shows the long-term shoreline change rate within the continental U.S. Within the Web Mapping Application, data layers have been grouped within category headings. Clicking the appropriate data folder will expand or collapse the folder allowing the individual data layers to be displayed. Data layers may be "turned-off or on" by selecting the visible button beside the layer name. The map view will automatically update.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Data Stewardship and Provisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesUSGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contactsjomalley@usgs.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameNational Assessment of Shoreline Change: Historical Shoreline Change along the New England and Mid-Atlantic Coasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionBeach erosion is a chronic problem along most open-ocean shores of the United States. As coastal populations continue to grow, and community infrastructures are threatened by erosion, there is increased demand for accurate information regarding past and present shoreline changes. There is also need for a comprehensive analysis of shoreline movement that is regionally consistent. To meet these national needs, the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting an analysis of historical shoreline changes along open-ocean sandy shores of the conterminous United States and parts of Alaska and Hawaii. A primary goal of this work is to develop standardized methods for mapping and analyzing shoreline movement so that internally consistent updates can periodically be made to record shoreline erosion and accretion. This report on the New England and Mid-Atlantic coasts is the fifth in a series of reports on historical shoreline change. This report, like the earlier reports, summarizes the methods of analysis, interprets the results, provides explanations regarding long-term and short-term trends and rates of change, and describes how different coastal communities are responding to coastal erosion. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesUSGS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNational Climate Assessment Draft Report
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Introduction: This National Climate Assessment collects, integrates, and assesses observations and research from around the country, helping to show what is actually happening and what it means for peoples’ lives, livelihoods, and future. This report includes analyses of impacts on seven selected sectors: human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests, and ecosystems and biodiversity. This report additionally focuses on the interactions among several sectors at the national level. It also assesses key impacts on the regions of the U.S.: Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest, Alaska and the Arctic, Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands; as well as coastal areas, oceans, and marine resources. Finally, this report is the first to explicitly assess the current state of adaptation, mitigation, and decision support activities.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNational Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNational Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Description"This document sets out long-term goals and specific actions that are EPA's contributions to national efforts to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources. The EPA National Water Program looks forward to working with state, tribal, and local governments, as well as other partners to implement actions that address climate change challenges in key areas. The Strategy focuses on protecting water infrastructure, coastal and ocean waters, watersheds and wetlands, and water quality." (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Regulatory/ Policy Guidance
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesU.S. EPA
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNational Wildlife Refuges And Sea-Level Rise Lessons from the Front Lines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the report: From July 11 to 14, 2011, more than a thousand people convened in Madison, Wisconsin, for Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, a conference called to discuss what lies ahead for the National Wildlife Refuge System—the network of public lands and waters set aside to protect America’s fish, wildlife and plants. The conference, the largest gathering on refuges and conservation in more than a decade, drew members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for the refuge system, other federal agency employees, representatives of state wildlife agencies that assist with refuge planning and management, staffers from nonprofit conservation and outdoor recreation groups and interested citizens and journalists. Among the featured presentations was “Refuges, Neighbors and Sea-level Rise,” a workshop organized and led by Noah Matson of Defenders of Wildlife and Mike Bryant and Lou Hinds of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This report is based on the presentations and discussions of that workshop. (The agenda, vision statement, archives, supporting documents and other materials from the conference are available at: http://americaswildlife.org.) (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesDefenders of Wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsNoah Matson, Defenders of Wildlife, nmatson@defenders.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNEURISA: Northeast LiDAR Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFunded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, as well as, direct funding from other federal, state and local entities, Photo Science is contracted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to collect and process LiDAR data for more than 8,000 square miles of the coastal zone and inland areas spanning six Northeastern states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. Photo Science is tasked to provide project management, LiDAR data collection and processing, control surveys, product development, and quality control services.This project will not only help stimulate the U.S. economy and provide for more accurate floodplain mapping in the region, but will also represent the start of a regional LiDAR collection program that will be used as a test case for a national elevation program. The webinar features the USGS and Photo Science staff providing a technical overview of the project approach, specifications, deliverables and schedule as well as discuss the potential applications served by this high resolution elevation data set. The Maine Office of GIS will also provide background on the formation of the coalition of state and local agencies that banded together to secure the ARRA funding grant and move the project ahead with the USGS.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNEURISA
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThe Climate Change Action Plan includes a series of actions to reduce as well as prevent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to adapt to climate-change impacts, and to use partnerships and communication to engage our communities to be instruments of change. Actions to reduce GHG include: • Providing practical solutions to help New Brunswickers use energy more efficiently, make better energy choices, manage energy expenses and lessen the impact of energy use on the environment; • Significantly increasing the percentage of GHG-free electricity generation; • Adopting a public transportation strategy that significantly reduces GHG emissions from this sector; • Building upon waste-reduction and waste-diversion activities, such as by improving recycling and composting systems, and reducing landfill gas emissions; • Making government operations more energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable; • Using project assessment reviews and other environmental approval processes to minimize emissions; • Undertaking environmentally focused research and development that will assist New Brunswick industries in the development of climate-friendly technologies and approaches; and • Regulating ozone-depleting replacement substances that also pose significant GHG risks. Adaptation actions include: • Undertaking a provincial risk assessment to identify both the public sector and the private sector development risks and adaptation needs, with particular focus on coastal areas and inland waters of the province; and • Climate-proofing our development decisions at all levels of government through the use of an enhanced provincial planning policy and related strategies, with special emphasis on coastal regions. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNew Brunswick Department of Environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsCommunications and Educational Services, info-elg-egl@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew England Climate Change Impacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionNew England Climate Change Impacts website at UMass: This website is an interdisciplinary effort to provide news and information about research, events, and workshops at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and around New England related to climate change impacts in our region. It includes an extensive research bibliography and page of links to other climate efforts.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesUMass, Northeast Climate Science Center
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan (2001)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThe NEG/ECP Climate Change Action Plan states that it seeks to address aspects of global warming within the region’s control to influence. It includes a comprehensive and coordinated regional plan for reducing greenhouse gases; a commitment to reach specified reduction targets for the region as a whole;a commitment from each state and provincial jurisdiction to carry on its own planning for climate change gas reductions and disclose progress and share case studies; a plan for climate adaptation of the region’s economic resource base and physical infrastructure; and a public education and outreach effort.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNew England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsCouncil of Atlantic Premiers, info@cap-cpma.ca Coalition of Northeastern Governors, coneg@sso.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Hampshire Climate Action Plan: A Plan for New Hampshire’s Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: Over the course of a year, through a process that engaged over 125 stakeholders and received input from over 200 citizens, the 29 members of Governor John Lynch’s Climate Change Policy Task Force developed this Climate Action Plan which is aimed at achieving the greatest feasible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also providing the greatest possible long-term economic benefits to the citizens of New Hampshire. The most significant reductions in both emissions and costs will come from substantially increasing energy efficiency in all sectors of our economy, continuing to increase sources of renewable energy, and designing our communities to reduce our reliance on automobiles for transportation. In essence, a response to climate change and our economic future are inextricably tied to how we produce our energy and how much energy we use. Future economic growth in New Hampshire as well as mitigation of, and adaptation to, a changing climate will depend on how quickly we transition to a new way of living that is based on a far more diversified energy mix, more efficient use of energy, and development of our communities in ways that strengthen neighborhoods and urban centers, preserve rural areas, and retain New Hampshire’s quality of life. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNew Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Jersey Climate Adaptation Directory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThe directory brings together geographic data, tools, guidance, model policies and ordinances, and case studies focused on evaluating vulnerabilities and developing adaptation plans. The resources included are aimed at professionals in a range of fields, including infrastructure, public health/emergency management, hazard mitigation, natural resources, and economic development. The directory can be used throughout the state - in coastal or landlocked areas, at urban or rural densities, and in built or natural environments. The directory is available to all practitioners, researchers, and interested individuals.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesRegional Plan Association (NJ, NY, CT), Clean Air-Cool Planet, and the Clean Air-Cool Planet Fellowship Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsEmily Kilroy, Regional Plan Association, ekilroy@rpa.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Jersey Coastal Community Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment Pilot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThe report focuses on two tools: the Coastal Community Vulnerability Assessment Protocol (CCVAP) and a resilience assessment. THe CCVAP is a GIS-based tool that was developed to help land use planners, hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, and other local decision-makers to identify vulnerability to coastal hazards and sea-level rise at the community level. The CCVAP oultines the needed steps to identify vulnerable land areas under present and future inundation scenarios geospatially. Using these inundation scenarios (0.5 meters, 1.0 meters, and 1.5 meters), coastal decision-makers now have a greater ability determine the potential inundation threats to built infrastructure, sensitive natural resources, and special needs populations. The resilience asseessment is a facilitated questionnaire. It is a non-regulatory tool that is meant to help local decision-makers collaboratively identify planning, mitigation, and adaptation opportunities to reduce vulnerability to coastal storms and sea level rise, building capacity for coastal community resilience. It is provides a starting point for a dialogue among various decision-makers, helping to spawn creative thinking and collaboration on ways to become more resilient for existing and future generations. The questionnaire highlights the importance of local plan integration and consistency with municipal building codes and ordinances, and it identifies the importance of localized hazard assessments and the need to link them to planning, outreach, mitigation, response, and recovery. The report also discusses the Coastal Vulnerability Index.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesOffice of Coastal Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Greenwich Township, Cumberland County, NJ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsDorina Frizzera, NJ DEP, dorina.frizzera@dep.state.nj.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Jersey Coastal Vulnerability Index
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Description"Innundation mapping is important to understand hazard risks; however, it is also valuable to understand additional issues such as erosion, historic shoreline change, and past flood events. This informaiton can assist a community in understanding where hazards may be more likely to occur. To help determine where high hazard areas are within a community or the coastal zone , the New Jersey Coastal Management Office developed a geospatial, composite overlay model or a coastal vulnerability index. The model includes six geospatial inputs, including storm surge inundation scenarios, low slopes, flood prone areas, poorly drained soils, erosion prone areas, and geomorphology. By incorporating sea level rise scenarios into storm surge models, the Coastal Management Office could visually demonstrate how climate change may shift high hazard areas further inland overtime. This coastal vulnerability assessmnet may be useful in identifying locations for the investment of mitigation assistance. It may also identify where engineering and adaptation actions to address climate change may be extremely difficult or ineffective. " (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Management Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsDorina Frizzera, NJ DEP, dorina.frizzera@dep.state.nj.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameNew Jersey LiDAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionCoastal LiDAR data is available for New Jersey through the U.S. Army Corps as well as county specific data from USGS. All the data is available on NOAA's Digital Coast. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead Agencies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew Jersey State Wildlife Action Plan Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe New Jersey Wildlife Action Plan (Plan) continues to be revised and refined for clarification and enhancement to ensure necessary conservation objectives are not overlooked. The New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife has been working with Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on a vulnerability assessment for the habitats in the Plan. The effort has been to assess the vulnerability of a sampling of the State’s habitats to the effects of climate change. The process used a variety of proven metrics to rank habitats’ susceptibility to anticipated stressors, such as increased temperature, more severe storm events, and sea level rise. The resulting ranking will be used to inform decision makers’ actions, including an upcoming revision to the State’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP). (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsKris Schantz, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, kschantz.ensp@embarqmail.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew Jersey's Coastal Community Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Protocol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe document is intended as a guide for entities interested in assessing their vulnerability to coastal hazards. It first explains basic definitions and relevant concepts on hazards that face coastal areas.The document then explains the Assessment Tools developed by the New Jersey Office of Coastal Management. Using a "Cookbook" format, the Coastal Community Vulnerability and Mapping Protocol introduces publicly available data and walks the user through the steps to create a Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) for their area of interest. Vulnerability can be assessed by overlaying built environment, natural environment, and social vulnerability data over the CVI.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesOffice of Coastal Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsDorina Frizzera, NJ DEP, dorina.frizzera@dep.state.nj.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew Jersey's Green Acres and Blue Acres Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis program is designed "to achieve, in partnership with others, a system of interconnected open spaces, whose protection will preserve and enhance New Jersey's natural environment and its historic, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment." A new aspect of the program is the Blue Acres program where properties (including structures) that have been damaged by, or may be prone to incurring damage caused by, storms or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, are eligible for acquisition. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsMartha Sullivan Sapp, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Martha.Sapp@dep.state.nj.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew Mapping Tool and Techniques For Visualizing Sea Level Rise And Coastal Flooding Impacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionAbstract: It is one thing to have a discussion or write about a one- or two-foot rise in the ocean surface and potential impacts to a local community; it is another to show someone a map highlighting the areas that would potentially be impacted. The ability to visualize the potential depth and inland extent of water gives us a better understanding of the corresponding impacts and consequences. Mapping sea level changes in a geographic information system (GIS) gives the user the ability to overlay the potentially impacted areas with other data such as critical infrastructure, roads, ecologically sensitive areas, demographics, and economics. Providing maps on the Web via Internet mapping technologies enables the user to have an interactive experience that truly brings out the “visual” part of the map definition. Over the past several years, the lessons learned from investigating pilot sea level change mapping applications have led to the development of a next-generation sea level rise and coastal flooding viewer. In addition, new mapping techniques have been developed to use high-resolution data sources to show flooding impacts on local public infrastructure, mapping confidence, flooding frequency, marsh impacts, and social and economic impacts from potential inundation. This paper will provide a brief history of previous sea level change visualization pilot projects, detailed discussion of new methods, current status of new tool development and outputs, and future plans for expanding to the rest of the U.S. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew York City Climate Change Assessment and Action Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis report summarizes the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's efforts to address climate change impacts on water utilities (drinking water, storm water, and wastewater treatment plants). The report also outlines a comprehensive adaptation plan with strategies to address the impacts of climate change. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNew York City Department of Environmental Protection, Climate Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew York City Climate Risk Information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: Climate change poses a range of hazards to New York City and its infrastructure. These changes suggest a need for the City to rethink the way it operates and adapts to its evolving environment. To respond to these changes and accomplish the goals outlined in PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, convened the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) in August 2008. The NPCC, which consists of leading climate change and impact scientists, academics, and private sector practitioners, was charged with advising the Mayor and the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force (the “Task Force”) on issues related to climate change and adaptation as it relates to infrastructure. This document, one of three in a series of workbooks to be produced for the Task Force, provides climate change projections for New York City and identifies some of the potential risks to the City’s critical infrastructure posed by climate change. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Local/City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNew York City Panel on Climate Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameNew York Sea-Level Rise Projections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe State Sea Level Rise Task Force, charged by the Legislature with developing recommendations for adapting to sea level rise, adopted the sea level rise projections in the table below for two regions of New York State. Although these projections have not been officially adopted by the Legislature or any New York State agency for regulatory purposes, DEC considers them the best available projections for planning purposes. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Data: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNew York Department of Environmental Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ContactsOffice of Climate Change, climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNew York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe New York Climate Action Plan Interim Report focuses on reducing greenhouse gases and impacts to various sectors. It also includes a chapter on adaptation that addresses natural resource adaptation and coastal impacts. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNew York State Climate Action Council, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNew York Wildlife Climate Change Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe Wildlife Climate Change Alliance, a coalition of state agency and non‐governmental organizations, was formed in 2009 to facilitate integration of climate change adaptation into natural resource management.  The coalition sponsored a series of initial workshops that were meant to build capacity for climate change adaptation planning. The first workshop was entitled, “Safeguarding New York’s Wildlife and Natural Systems in a Changing Climate.” It provided a basic understanding of current climate change science and legislation, already occurring fish, wildlife and natural system adaptations, and how the New York Department of Environmental Conservation can work collaboratively with its conservation partners to respond to future adaptation needs. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead Agencies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNew York State Sea Level Rise Task Force Report to the Legislature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionIn 2007, the New York State Legislature created the Sea Level Rise Task Force and charged it with preparing a report that addresses sea-level rise impacts to coastal communities that includes recommendations for an action plan to help those communities and natural resources from sea-level rise. The legislature directed the Task Force to “evaluate ways of protecting New York’s remaining coastal cosystems and natural habitats, and increasing coastal community resilience in the face of sea level rise, applying the best available science as to sea level rise and its anticipated impacts.” The Task Force, with public input, has considered and researched the complex issues related to sea-level rise in the state, but a cost and benefit analysis of potential adaptation strategies to sea-level rise was beyond the scope of this report. The conclusions and recommendations in this report are an important first step in increasing the resilience of New York's coastal communities, and they will need to be further assessed to determine site-specific applicability and how they will affect economic development, greenhouse gas mitigation efforst, the environment, etc. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNew York State Sea Level Rise Task Force
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionCO-OPS provides the national infrastructure, science, and technical expertise to monitor, assess, and distribute tide, current, water level, and other coastal oceanographic products and services that support NOAA's mission of environmental stewardship and environmental assessment and prediction. CO-OPS provides operationally sound observations and monitoring capabilities coupled with operational Nowcast Forecast modeling.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA's National Ocean Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA Climate.gov Web Portal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe NOAA Climate.gov Web Portal is designed to connect the public, as well as scientists and decision makers with climate related science and services. This user friendly platform presents 4 distinct resources to provide different types of information generated by NOAA and its partners: 1) "ClimateWatch magazine" is a popular online magazine that engages readers with a variety of climate related topics 2) "Data and Services" connect scientists and managers with climate data 3) "Understanding Climate" translates climate information into formats useful for decision making, resource management, and other non-science applications 4) "Education" provides tools for incorporate climate science into curricula.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ContactsContact information is available here: http://www.climate.gov/faq.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA Coastal Services Center's Coastal Climate Adaptation Website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionNOAA Coastal Services Center's Coastal Climate Adaptation Website focuses on adaptation-related resources, such as local and state plans, new policies, case studies, risk and vulnerability assessments, and decision-support tools. The Web site provides one location for access to numerous resources for states and communities to address climate change impacts and develop their own plans. The site is also building a community of practice on coastal climate adaptation via a forum where users can suggest new resources, engage in dialog on the issues, and submit comments and questions, providing a mechanism for climate and coastal management communities to engage on the topic.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA Digital Coast's Coastal Change Analysis Program Regional Land Cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) produces a nationally standardized database of land cover and land change information for the coastal regions of the U.S. C-CAP products provide inventories of coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands with the goal of monitoring these habitats by updating the land cover maps every five years. C-CAP products are developed using multiple dates of remotely sensed imagery and consist of raster-based land cover maps for each date of analysis, as well as a file that highlights what changes have occurred between these dates and where the changes were located. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Services Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contactsnos.csc.ccap@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionNOAA's National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) produces the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets (NEWIS). Published each year for the Atlantic hurricane season, the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets provide critical information for contacting government officials and monitoring information resources. The laminated and waterproof NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets are an ideal reference in the home, automobile, or boat. NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets provide residents with a "one-stop" ready reference containing phone numbers and Web site information residents can use during potentially life-threatening weather emergencies.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesNOAA National Coastal Climate Data Development Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ContactsNCDDC@noaa.gov, 866.732.2382
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameNOAA National Climatic Data Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionNCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. Our mission is to provide access and stewardship to National resource of global climate and weather related data and information, and assess and monitor climate variation and change. This effort requires the acquisition, quality control, processing, summarization, dissemination, and preservation of a vast array of climatological data generated by the national and international meteorological services. The NCDC mission is global in nature and provides the U.S. climate representative to the World Meteorological Organization, the World Data Center System, and other international scientific programs. NCDC also operates the World Data Center for Meteorology, Asheville.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: In situ Observations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Satellite Remote Observations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Data: Data Stewardship and Provisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Central -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameNOAA Tides and Currents website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionNOAA's website Tides and Currents connects users with products developed by Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). Definitions of relevant terms are provided, as are links to related program information, educational resources, and descriptions of regional partnerships. With historical data extending back 200 years, CO-OPS provides an important climate resource for the Eastern region through its network of tide and water level stations.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Data: In situ Observations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Data: Data Stewardship and Provisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Climate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- Great Lakes -- South East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsContact information for specific products available here: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/contact.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameNOAA's State of the Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionOur nation's coastal ecosystems are vital to our economy and quality of life; however, the health of these resources is in decline. Explore this site to gain a deeper appreciation of the connections among healthy coastal ecosystems, a robust U.S. economy, a safe population, and a sustainable quality of life for coastal residents... and the consequent need to better understand, manage, and protect our nation's coastal resources. (More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Social and Cultural Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economic Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Recreation and Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cross Disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contacts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NameNODC Ocean Acidification Scientific Data Stewardship (OADS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionThe National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) provides a gateway to Ocean Acidification data through its data stewardship program. In addition to the chemical, bio-oceanographic, and physical data provided by NODC, the program will provide coordinated data and access to the broader ocean acidification community, as well as manage related projects.(More…)/PDF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Type
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Data: In situ Observations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Data: Observing Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Training and Capacity Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesNOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NameNorth American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionThe North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP) is an international program to produce high resolution climate change simulations in order to investigate uncertainties in regional scale projections of future climate and generate climate change scenarios for use in impacts research. NARCCAP modelers are running a set of regional climate models (RCMs) driven by a set of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) over a domain covering the conterminous United States and most of Canada. Registration as a NARCCAP user is required in order to access data.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesThe Nationals Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Canadian consortium OURANOS are providing initial funding for the program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contacts(303) 497-8139 , narccap@ucar.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NameNorth American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThe North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP) is an international program to produce high resolution climate change simulations in order to investigate uncertainties in regional scale projections of future climate and generate climate change scenarios for use in impacts research. NARCCAP modelers are running a set of regional climate models (RCMs) driven by a set of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) over a domain covering the conterminous United States and most of Canada. Registration as a NARCCAP user is required in order to access data.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • International
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNSF, DOE, NOAA, and the Canadian consortium OURANOS are providing initial funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contacts(303) 497-8139 , narccap@ucar.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NameNova Scotia Department of Agriculture Marshlands Atlas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture undertook a project to create an updated GIS inventory of the dykes and flood control structures it maintains around the Bay of Fundy, specifically around the Cumberland Basin and the Southern Bight of the Minas Basin. To introduce historical maps into the GIS environment, forty-two hand drawn historical marsh plans of the Hants, Kings and Cumberland County area were digitally scanned and georeferenced. Lidar data, satellite imagery and aerial photography were also added. As a tool for climate change adaptation the Marshlands Atlas provides important data on current and potential critical dyke elevations as well as information about the dimensions of aboiteaux, these data are crucial for modelling future flood events.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Data: Depth and Elevation Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture St. Mary's University
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameOcean Acidification - A website hosted by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionThis informational website is maintained by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) with support from NASA, NOAA, and NSF. Along with basic educational information, the site provides a database of news, publication, events, as well as funding and data resources related to Ocean Acidification research. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Viewers and Web-based Tools
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNASA, NOAA, NSF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ContactsContact information for the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project office is available here: http://www.us-ocb.org/contact.html
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameOcean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionExcess carbon dioxide accumulates in the atmosphere, but also in ocean water, increasing ocean acidity, changing marine chemistry, and impacting marine organisms in various ways. This report, requested by congress, reviews current research, identifies outstanding research gaps, and provides guidance to the national ocean acidification research program.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNational Research Council
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameOcean Health Index
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionOcean Health Index: The Index is the first comprehensive, annual assessment of the benefits that a healthy ocean provides through 10 goals, which emphasize the human-ocean relationship. The analysis, which was led by Dr. Ben Halpern and engaged 65 scientists and experts, was just released online in Nature . The paper reports that the overall global score is 60 out of a sustainable state scored at 100, indicating that this relationship is out of balance and unsustainable. Country-specific and goal-specific scores as well as a wealth of information on ocean health are provided at www.oceanhealthindex.org. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesOcean Health Index
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NamePaying the Price: Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Canada (2011)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionHaving highlighted some of the likely physical impacts of warming temperatures and changing precipitation patterns from climate change in Canada in our second report, Degrees of Change, we undertook new analysis to assess the economic costs in this companion report, Paying the Price. This report represents the first time a national analysis of this kind, using various climate and growth scenarios, has been conducted to calculate how the economic costs of climate change stack up over time. This is necessary research that allows Canadians to appreciate just how pervasive and pernicious climate change can be. It shows the uncertainty of estimating economic impacts of climate change and increases our understanding of how to assess climate risk and our own willingness to accept — or not — the probability of more damages for future generations. It then identifies how adaptation measures can reduce those costs, saving money and lives. Recommendations from the report include: 1)The Government of Canada invest in growing our country’s expertise in the economics of climate change impacts and adaptation so we have our own Canadian-focused, relevant data and analysis for public and private-sector decision makers. 2)The Government of Canada cost out and model climate impacts to inform internal decisions about adapting policies and operations to climate change and allocating scarce resources to programs that help Canadians adapt. 3) Governments at all levels continue investing in generating and disseminating research to inform adaptation decision-making at the sectoral, regional, and community level. This research should, as a matter of routine, incorporate economic analysis of the costs and benefits of options to adapt to climate impacts because the current data is insufficient for decision makers and is not readily or consistently available. 4) The Government of Canada forge a new data- and analysis-sharing partnership with universities, the private sector, governments, and other expert bodies to leverage unique and available nongovernmental resources for climate change adaptation. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Managed Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNational Round Table on the Environment and Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contactsadmin@nrtee-trnee.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NamePennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment: Report to the Department of Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionFrom the executive Summary: This assessment was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which, pursuant to the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act, Act 70 of 2008, is required to develop a report on the potential impacts of global climate change on Pennsylvania’s climate, human health, the economy and the management of economic risk, forests, wildlife, fisheries, recreation, agriculture and tourism. Act 70 also requires DEP to report on opportunities, and barriers to their realization, created by the need for alternative sources of energy, climate-related technologies, services and strategies, carbon sequestration technologies, capture and utilization of fugitive greenhouse gas emissions, and other mitigation strategies.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water ResourcesChanges in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesEnvironment and Natural Resources Institute, Pennsylvania State University
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NamePerspective on Climate Change Planning: Benchmarking Canadian Institute of Planners Members (2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThis report represents the conclusion of the benchmarking and focus group process. It reviews the benchmarking surveys of 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Also, the outcome of the seven focus groups, while presented in a report in 2011, is included in this report to allow for a comprehensive analysis. Together, the four benchmarking surveys and the seven focus groups establish the current benchmark (March 2012) for Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) members on various aspects of climate change understanding, climate change tools and climate change planning. The report also reflects the change in opinions of CIP members about climate change over the four-year survey period. In total, more than 4,800 CIP members participated in the four benchmarking surveys. This permits a very accurate analysis of members’ changing attitudes and opinions on climate change and tools that support climate change planning. It also allows CIP to determine an accurate benchmark.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Services: Engagement
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Social and Cultural Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesCanadian Institute of Planners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contactswww.cip-icu.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NamePIEVC (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee) Engineering Protocol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionPart 1 of this Protocol provides background, overview and guidance around the planning and execution of an infrastructure engineering vulnerability assessment. It includes information and advice on acquiring and assessing climate information needed to assess current and future climate for use in the assessment process.Part 2 provides a detailed five-step procedure and worksheets. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Services: Engagement
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Infrastructure
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesCanadian Council of Professional Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsDavid Lapp, FEC, P.Eng. Manager, Professional Practice Engineers Canada info@pievc.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePiping Plover (Charadrius Melodius) Conservation on the Barrier Islands of New York: Habitat Quality and Implications in a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionAbstract: Habitat loss is the leading cause of species extinction. Protecting and managing habitat quality is vital to an organism’s persistence, and essential to endangered species recovery. We conducted an investigation of habitat quality and potential impacts from climate change to piping plovers (Charadrius melodius) breeding on the barrier island ecosystem of New York, during 2003-2005. Our first step in this analysis was to examine the relationship between two common measures of habitat quality: density and productivity (Chapter 1). We used both central and limiting tendency data analysis to find that density significantly limited productivity across many spatial scales, especially broader scales. Our analysis of plover habitat quality (Chapter 2) focused on 1) identifying the spatial scaling of plovers to their environment; 2) determining the relative importance of four aspects of the environment (land cover, predation, management, and disturbance); and 3) determining the key environmental variables that influence productivity. We found that plover habitat selection occurred within a narrow range of spatial scales that was unique to each environmental variable. Further, we found that management and predation variables influenced population-level productivity relatively more than land cover and disturbance. Environmental variables with a significant positive influence on habitat quality were land management units, plover conservation educational signs, and symbolic string fencing erected around plover nesting areas. We found a significant negative relationship among density of people on ocean beaches, herring gull density, and land cover degradation. To quantify possible impact to plover habitat from future climate change (Chapter 3), we examined the extent of habitat change resulting from different estimates of sea level rise (SLR) and storminess over the next 100 years. We found that the particular SLR estimate, habitat response, and storm type used to model climate changes influenced the amount of potential habitat available. Importantly, we observed synergy between SLR and storms resulting in the increasing impact of SLR and storms on plover habitat over the next 100 years. Finally, we found that coastal development contributed considerably to habitat loss when combined with climate changes. Our findings raise concerns regarding current plover recovery goals and management strategies. Density-dependent productivity may threaten the goal of a joint increase in both plover population and productivity. We advocate density monitoring and allocation of alternative nesting areas to provide the relief of possible high-density limitations. Based on our analysis of habitat selection and climate change threats, we call for a shift in management focus away from known breeding areas, towards ecosystem processes. Long-term conservation of piping plover habitat quality is more likely through protecting and promoting natural barrier island dynamics (i.e., overwash and migration) and minimizing human development on the barrier islands of New York State. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsJennifer Ruth Seavey, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, jseavey@email.smith.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePlace-based Decision Support System to Assess Vulnerability of New Jersey’s Coast to Sea Level Rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe project is a collaboration between the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) and Rutgers University Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis (CRSSA). CRSSA is responsible for the technical aspects, while JC NERR is responsible for the collaborative, evaluation/assessment and knowledge dissemination portions of the project. In summary, the proposed project has three main outcomes: 1) serve as a demonstration project as to the feasibility and utility of enhanced GIS/LiDAR-based assessment of coastal infrastructure and habitat vulnerability to sea level rise; and 2) develop a suite internet-accessible geospatial and database visualization and analysis tools that will facilitate the dissemination of this information; and 3) promote enhanced preparedness and land use planning decisions in the face of continued sea level rise. The first step in this project is to conduct a needs assessment of our intended users to (1) identify their current level and source of information regarding sea level rise and climate change impacts to New Jersey’s bay and ocean front , (2) identify parameters that are most important to their decision-making (http://www.jcnerr.org/Needs%20Assessment%20Final%20report.pdf), (3) determine their level of comfort with online mapping and decision support tools (http://www.jcnerr.org/Usability%20Testing.final%20report.pdf), (4) determine the best structure for querying and interacting with the CV10 DSS, (5) determine what would enable or prevent them from using such a product. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Conservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesJacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePlanners Energy & Climate Database
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe American Planning Association & the Environmental and Energy Study Institute have a new Planners Energy & Climate Database, to help planners, policymakers, etc., find energy and climate info. The database touches upon energy efficiency, renewable energy, GHG emissions, and tools to prepare for the impacts of climate change.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cross Disciplinary
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • National
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesThe American Planning Association & the Environmental and Energy Study Institute
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePlanning Along the Hudson for Warming and Animal Connectivity (PATHWAY)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThis three-year (2008-2011) project, funded by State Wildlife Grants with match funding from the Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University, seeks to determine the current and potential future habitat connectivity for 25 Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Hudson Valley. Using advanced modeling techniques in a Geographic Information System, we will use climatic, geological, and land cover data to determine how connected the landscape is for these 25 species, under current climatic conditions and with potential future changes in climate. Results from this project will be used to determine priority locations for conservation in the Hudson Valley. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Products: Other
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNew York Department of Environmental Conservation, Natural Heritage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsMatt Schlesinger at 518-402-8939
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePlanning for Sea Level Rise in the Northeast: Considerations for the Implementation of Tidal Wetland Habitat Restoration Projects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Description"From the Executive Summary: This document presents the results of a workshop held by the Northeast Region of the NOAA Restoration Center in September 2010 to develop suggested guidance for NOAA Restoration staff and partners on how to assess and incorporate sea level rise impacts into site-specific tidal wetland restoration planning and design. NOAA is currently field-testing the methods detailed in this workshop report and, based on the results of those efforts, will develop and issue guidance for use by the NOAA Restoration Center, its project partners, and other interested parties in the design and implementation of tidal wetland restoration projects in the Northeast region." (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesNOAA Restoration Center, Northeast Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsHelen McMillan, NOAA, Helen.McMillan@NOAA.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NamePotential Effects of Climate Change of New Brunswick Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe research objectives of the project are to gather a macro-level view of how climate change will affect ecosystems by 2050 and 2100; identify select species of flora and fauna that will decline or benefit as a direct or indirect result of climate change; summarize potential mitigation and adaption responses at the individual, community, and government levels; and assess the degree of consensus or divergence of opinion among natural resource managers and scholars regarding the medium and long-term impacts of climate change. At the macro-level, the success of individuals of northern-adapted trees species such as 25 balsam fir and white spruce may decline, eventually leading to stand-level decline, and potentially population reduction in the province. Southern-adapted species such as red spruce and red oak will likely improve under the climate conditions and increase their distribution across New Brunswick. Decreased snow levels will not only affect the success of lynx as predators and be out-competed by bobcat, but decrease their range within the province. Deer, however, will thrive under warming temperatures and reduced snow levels. Two cold-water salmonid fish species, Atlantic salmon and brook trout, are also predicted to be decline in NB waters as a result of direct and indirect climatic changes. Warm-water fish populations currently in the province will likely grow and increase their range. Nearly all experts agreed that addressing the actual cause of global warming is key, rather than only acting upon its effects and influences. Experts have cited various ways individuals may employ adaptive and mitigating action; however, most emphasis was placed on governmental response. Nearly all experts advocated that changing policy for forestry practices and wildlife management in the face of climate change is crucial. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Focus AreaConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesUniversity of New Brunswick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NamePotential for Shoreline Changes Due to Sea-Level Rise Along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionAbstract: Sea-level rise over the next century is expected to contribute significantly to physical changes along open-ocean shorelines. Predicting the form and magnitude of coastal changes is important for understanding the impacts to humans and the environment. Presently, the ability to predict coastal changes is limited by the scientific understanding of the many variables and processes involved in coastal change, and the lack of consensus regarding the validity of existing conceptual, analytical, or numerical models. In order to assess potential future coastal changes in the mid-Atlantic U.S. for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), a workshop was convened by the U.S. Geological Survey. Assessments of future coastal change were made by a committee of coastal scientists with extensive professional experience in the mid-Atlantic region. Thirteen scientists convened for a two-day meeting to exchange information and develop a consensus opinion on potential future coastal changes for the mid-Atlantic coast in response to sealevel rise. Using criteria defined in past work, the mid-Atlantic coast was divided into four geomorphic compartments: spits, headlands, wave-dominated barriers, and mixed-energy barriers. A range of potential coastal responses was identified for each compartment based on four sea-level rise scenarios. The four scenarios were based on the assumptions that: a) the long-term sea-level rise rate observed over the 20th century would persist over the 21st century, b) the 20th century rate would increase by 2 mm/yr, c) the 20th century rate would increase by 7 mm/yr, or d) sea-level would rise by 2 m over the next few hundred years. Potential responses to these sea-level rise scenarios depend on the landforms that occur within a region and include increased likelihood for erosion and shoreline retreat for all coastal types, increased likelihood for erosion, overwash and inlet breaching for barrier islands, as well as the possibility of a threshold state (e.g., dramatic change in barrier evolution, such as segmentation or disintegration) for some barrier island systems. The likelihood of the potential coastal responses is expressed using standard terminology employed in climate change assessments (e.g., as used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CCSP). This assessment was based on the coastal geomorphology in its present condition and does not consider any coastal protection that might be undertaken in the future. The committee recognized that a variety of erosion mitigation measures have been implemented along developed portions of the coast and these are very likely to be applied in the future. It was also acknowledged that economics, political will, and other factors can drive decisions to implement these measures, and that such decisions cannot be predicted with confidence. The results of this assessment are depicted graphically on maps of the study area. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Products: Plans, Assessments, Studies
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lead AgenciesU.S. Geological Survey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ContactsRobert Thieler, USGS, rthieler@usgs.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NamePotential Impacts of Global Sea-level Rise on Canadian Coasts (1998)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DescriptionThis study examines four coastal areas in Canada in terms of sea-level rise impacts, one of which is the Bay of Fundy. It reviews past and future sea-level trends, and talks about potential threats from storm surge as sea levels rise.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesGeological Survey of Canada Bedford Institute of Oceanography Published in The Canadian Geographer
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NamePractical Guidance for Coastal Climate-Smart Conservation Projects in the Northeast Case Examples for Coastal Impoundments and Living Shorelines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe National Wildlife Federation (NWF) worked with the Northeast region’s conservation community on planning for climate change and conducting climate change vulnerability analyses as well as helping plan and implement on-the-ground projects that take climate change into consideration. This document is part of a project designed to generate climate-smart guidance for restoration and management projects to safeguard fish, wildlife, and their habitats from the impacts of climate change. This coastal climate-smart guidance is an initial step to provide wildlife and natural resource managers practical tools for ensuring that current and future projects are maximizing benefits to ecosystems and critical species. NWF convened an expert panel to develop a process for defining climate-smart conservation for the coastal system and to provide climate-smart options that natural resource managers could consider when planning and implementing projects. The panel selected two project types in the coastal environment on which to focus: coastal impoundments and living shorelines. The coastal impoundment information was based significantly on the efforts of Delaware DFW to plan for sea-level rise and implement pilot adaptation projects to address sea-level rise impacts on their coastal impoundments. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Products: Other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Services: Training and Capacity Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Biota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesNational Wildlife Federation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsAustin Kane, Science and Policy Manager, National Wildlife Federation, kanea@nwf.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NamePreliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe SAP 4.4 has been prepared by a team of experts from academia, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in response to the mandate of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s Strategic Plan (2003). This report examines (1) the combined effects on ecosystems of climate changes and non-climate stressors, and consequent implications for achieving specific management goals; (2) adaptation approaches that reduce the risk of negative impacts on management goals; and (3) ways to overcome barriers or take advantage of opportunities to improve the likelihood of successful adaptation implementation. Through the provision of this information, the desired outcome of this report is an enhanced adaptive capacity to respond to future changes in climate. The report includes a section on National Estuaries and Marine Protected Areas. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lead AgenciesU.S. Climate Change Science Program And the Subcommittee on Global Change Research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ContactsSusan Julius, Environmental Protection Agency, julius.susan@epa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NamePreparedness for Climate Change: A Survey of ACAS Communities (NS 2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DescriptionThe overall goal of this study was to gather benchmark measures related to attitudes toward and experience with climate change in Nova Scotia overall, and within specific communities that have been identified as being at high risk of adverse effects of clim ate change: Halifax Regional Municipality, Yarmouth County, Hants/Kings Counties, and Cumberland County. More specifically, this study sought to: assess public opinion regarding the veracity of climate change; identify how residents have changed their behavior because of concern about climate change; evaluate the perceived risk to residents’ property as a result of flooding or land erosion; identify those Nova Scotians who have personally experienced weather-related property damage; and evaluate personal and community preparedness to deal with the consequences of climate change. When asked which of various organizations citizens trust most to deal with climate change, residents identify volunteer community groups more often than any single level of government, although in combination the three levels of government have the highest combined level of trust. This trust in volunteer groups indicates that the provincial government should be working closely with these groups in its efforts to address public preparedness for climate change. In terms of evaluating four potential priorities for dealing with climate change, protection of groundwater resources ranks as number one, followed by improved emergency response for weather-related emergencies and upgrading infrastructure. Reviewing land-use patterns and plans to accommodate climate change ranks last, but is still identified by a large proportion of residents. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesNova Scotia Environment, Climate Change Directorate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NamePreparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. Mid‐Atlantic Overview and Foundations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionFrom the Overview Report: This report summarizes the methods, findings and recommendations from the first 18 months of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Assessment (MARA) of potential impacts from increased climate variability and change. The MARA examines both beneficial and damaging impacts, accounting for how people and ecosystems are likely to respond to these changes. This overview is intended for use by federal, state and local elected officials and by people in their role as citizens, employees, and members of the community. It also gives regional texture intended to complement the national overview report being prepared by the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST). From the Foundation Report: This Foundations report documents the methods, findings and recommendations from the first two years of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Assessment (MARA) of potential impacts from increased climate variability and change. The MARA examines both beneficial and damaging impacts, accounting for how people and ecosystems are likely to respond to these changes. The Foundations report provides details that back up the summary presented in Preparing for a Changing Climate–The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: MidAtlantic Overview (Fisher et al. 2000). It is intended as a companion to the Overview, with more depth for use by officials elected at the federal, state and local level and by people in their role as citizens, business employees, and members of community or other organizations. It also gives additional regional texture to complement the reports prepared by the National Assessment Synthesis Team.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and ClimateConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lead AgenciesMid‐Atlantic Regional Assessment (MARA) Team, Pennsylvania State University
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NamePreparing for Climate 2100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DescriptionThis website includes a list of presentations/PDFs from talks given as part of a climate change conference, Preparing for Climate 2100: Tools and Strategies for New Brunswick Communities, held in Fredericton NB November 14-16, 2012.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Services: Engagement
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Assocation
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NamePreparing for the Changing Climate: A Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionExecutive Summary: In the Northeast, the impacts of a changing climate are clearly evident and well-documented. Leaders in the region recognize the need to be proactive in adapting to such changes, but do not yet have the resources and tools they require to do so successfully. This report presents a snapshot of the needs of local, regional and state governments in undertaking such climate preparedness efforts. The goal is to target assistance effectively, and to help our partners in this effort—policy-makers, NGOs and others—do the same. The research was conducted in 2010 and early 2011 and involved extensive individual interviews as well as an online survey distributed to more than 200 communities. The responses, which were well distributed throughout the region, indicate the following: Northeast communities are concerned about climate change impacts. • Over half who responded are already doing some form of climate preparedness planning. • Another third are concerned, but are unsure what steps to take or lack capacity. • Sea-level rise, increased precipitation, floodplain changes, and public welfare and health are the impacts of greatest concern. In order to progress, they need technical, communications, and financial assistance. • The technical need most often ranked as a top priority (by 35 percent of respondents) is help with infrastructure vulnerability assessments.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)Changes in Extremes of Weather and Climate
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesClean Air Cool Planet
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NamePreparing for Tomorrow's High Tide: A Progress Report of the Delaware Sea-Level Rise Advisory Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionThis document was developed by the Delaware Sea-Level Rise Advisory Committee to help engage Delaware's citizens in sea-level rise planning. It contains information about sea-level rise and Delaware's Sea-Level Rise Advisory Committee. It also contains preliminary findings concerning the potential impacts of sea-level rise based upon scenarios developed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesDelaware Sea-level Rise Advisory Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsSusan Love, Delaware Coastal Programs, susan.love@de.state.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NamePreparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This document and its appendices provides an exhaustive accounting of resources vulnerable to sea level rise of up to 1.5 meters in Delaware. It includes background information, a description of the process used to assess vulnerability, exposure assessment tables, and risk assessments for 79 resources. A comprehensive set of vulnerability maps and information on how to use them is also included as the Mapping Appendix. The vulnerabilities and risk assessment described in this document should be considered as a starting point for more detailed localized or resource-based assessments and as a starting point for prioritizing adaptation strategies. This document is the first of its kind to provide detailed estimates of numbers or acres of resources at risk from sea level rise at a state level. It represents a significant accomplishment and positions the state well to develop and implement specifi c adaptation strategies for resources most important to Delaware’s continued sense of community, economic well-being, and natural resource diversity.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Products: Maps (Imagery, geo-referenced data)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lead AgenciesDelaware's Sea-Level Rise Advisory Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ContactsSusan E. Love, Delaware Coastal Programs, Susan.Love@state.de.us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NameProgrammatic Framework for Considering Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition,and Facility Development Investments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DescriptionFrom the Executive Summary: This document, the “Programmatic Framework for Considering Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition, and Facility Development Investments,” (hereafter the Framework) is the first deliverable in this multi-phased project to develop and implement the Climate Investment Guidance. The project phases are identified in Figure 1. The Framework provides a systematic approach to institutionalize the consideration of the impacts of climate change into program decision-making for a subset of coastal investments. The Framework addresses these coastal investments: • Coastal land acquisition; • Coastal facility development projects; and • Coastal habitat restoration(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Services: Management Guidance (i.e. structured decision making)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNOAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsRoger Griffis, NOAA, Roger.Griffis@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameProjecting Range Limits with Coupled Thermal Tolerance - Climate Change Models: An Example Based on Gray Snapper (Lutjanus griseus) along the U.S. East Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionScientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University of North Florida examined thermal factors of range limits for gray snapper using field observations and laboratory experiments. This thermal factor (juvenile mortality during winter) was then combined with IPCC general circulation models to predict changes in species range under various climate scenarios. Results indicate that gray snapper distribution will shift northward under all scenarios. Authors indicate that refining these range predictions will involve addressing uncertainty associated with the thermal tolerance variable, and identify improvements of these types of biological parameters as a major research need.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Products: Projections (intra-annual to multi-decadal, including SLR and model down-scaling)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Managed Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Natural Ecosystems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsConservation/ Restoration of Sensitive Species and Habitats
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Regional Or State -- New England -- Mid-Atlantic -- South East
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNOAA Northeast Fishery Science Center (NEFSC), University of Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContactsJon Hare, NOAA NEFSC, Jon.Hare@noaa.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameProviding Coastal Information in a Changing Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionThe Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force (September 2009) calls for strengthening the nation’s capacity to observe the nation’s oceans, coastal waters and Great Lakes. IOOS®, established by law in March of 2009 and referred to in the statute as the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System, provides the framework for developing such a system. The Act establishes a federal-regional partnership for understanding the unique characteristics of the nation’s diverse regions, integrating existing information from federal and non-federal sources, and expanding the observation network to fill critical gaps. IOOS® is a partnership of 17 Federal agencies and 11 Regional Associations for Coastal Ocean Observing (RAs). The need for more comprehensive and higher resolution data and information about our coasts and Great Lakes has never been greater. Climate change, ocean acidification, declining fish stocks, expanding dead zones, and the increasing and sometimes conflicting uses of our coastal waters for food, transportation, energy, mineral resources and recreation require an expanded network of observations, enhanced analyses and understanding, and improved predictive and forecasting capabilities.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Focus AreaSustainability of Marine EcosystemsCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesNational Federation of Regional Associations For Coastal and Ocean Observing
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NamePsychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionPsychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges. The task force’s report reviews a wide range of research and practice relevant to climate change, including work in environmental and conservation psychology, studies of human responses to natural and technological disasters, efforts to encourage environmentally responsible behavior, and research on the psychosocial impacts of climate change. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lead AgenciesAmerican Psychological Association
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameQuantifying Effects of Climate Change on the Snowmelt- Dominated Groundwater Resources of Northern New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DescriptionRecent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) climate studies in New England have shown substantial evidence of hydrologic changes during the last 100 years, including trends toward earlier snowmelt runoff, decreasing occurrence of river ice, and decreasing winter snowpack. These studies are being expanded to include investigation of trends in groundwater levels and fluctuations. Groundwater is an important drinking-water source throughout northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). The USGS is currently investigating whether or not groundwater recharge from snowmelt and precipitation exhibits historical trends. In addition to trend-testing, groundwater resources also will be analyzed by relating groundwater-level changes to the large year-to-year variability in weather conditions. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Focus AreaClimate Impacts on Water Resources
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional Or State -- New England
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lead AgenciesUSGS
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NameReal-Time Assessment and Monitoring of Inland and Coastal Flooding Events for Atlantic Canada (NB 2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DescriptionThe purpose of this research project was to develop flood- monitoring guidelines for Atlantic Canada that for real-time assessment and monitoring of inland and coastal flooding events; improve the systematic gathering of information on flood events as they occur; facilitate improved flood management by land managers and public safety officials; and engage the public in monitoring these events. The primary purpose of the analysis and forecasting process is to provide timely and accurate early flood warnings.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Products: Forecasts and outlooks (monthly to annual, models)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesAtlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association New Brunswick Department of Environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsClimate Change Secretariat, New Brunswick Department of the Environment env-info@gnb.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameRecurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia (SJR 76, 2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionThe Virginia General Assembly requested that in conducting its study, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science - review and develop a comprehensive list of ideas and examples of strategies used in similar settings around the United States and the world; - convene a stakeholder advisory panel for the purpose of discussing and assessing the feasibility of employing these strategies in Tidewater and Eastern Shore Virginia; and offer specific recommendations for the detailed investigation of preferred options for adapting to relative sea-level rise. The study was undertaken with the collaboration and assistance of Old Dominion University, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Wetlands Watch, the University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation, the William and Mary Coastal Policy Clinic, and relevant state agencies. Data and analyses were collected from multiple local, state, and federal agencies, as well as NGOs and regional authorities. This Recurrent Flooding Study addresses all localities in Virginia’s coastal zone. It documents flooding risks based on available records of past road and infrastructure inundation as well as potential flooding risks based on the best available topographic information. It assesses future risk based on projections for sea level rise from the National Climate Assessment program modified to incorporate factors specific to Virginia’s coastal zone. The study also inventories adaptation options from regional, national, and international sources. Options include planning, management, and engineering strategies that merit particular consideration for application in Virginia.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Focus AreaCoasts and Climate Resilience (including sea-level rise)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Regional Or State -- Mid-Atlantic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesVirginia Institute of Marine Science,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ContactsMolly Mitchell, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, molly@vims.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameReducing GHG Emission in the US Using Existing Authorities & State Action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionAs the U.S. Congress has struggled to pass comprehensive climate change legislation, observers in the United States and abroad have asked what greenhouse gas emissions reductions are possible under existing federal laws and through state action. Can the U.S. meet the Obama Administration’s Copenhagen commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 using the regulatory tools already available to federal agencies, together with announced actions at the state level? Even if congressional action is ultimately necessary to put the U.S. on a long-term low-carbon path and aid in the transition to a lowcarbon economy, can federal agencies and state governments get the U.S. started down that path? To help answer these and related questions, the World Resources Institute (WRI) presents this analysis of potential reductions under existing federal authorities and announced state actions through 2030.(More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lead AgenciesWorld Resources Institute
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NameReducing GHG Emissions through Land and Materials Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DescriptionEPA Releases Report on Reducing GHG Emissions through Land and Materials Management - report that finds significant potential to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions through materials management (e.g., recycling and waste prevention) and land management (e.g., brownfield redevelopment, land restoration, and smart growth). This document offers a new perspective on opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report, “Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices,” finds that 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are influenced by materials management policies. (More…)/PDF)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lead AgenciesEPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ContactsJeri Weiss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NameRefuge Vulnerability Assessment and Alternatives Technical Guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DescriptionFrom the Report: This Refuge Vulnerability Assessment and Alternatives (RVAA) Technical Guide provides the step-by-step details for conducting vulnerability assessments for refuges and their supporting landscapes and to develop strategies and alternatives for management in the face of current and future drivers of change.