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United States
32° 45' 0.8496" N, 79° 54' 8.8668" W
Author Name(s): 
Blaik Keppler, Greg Hoffman, Sadie Drescher, April Turner, Katie Ellis

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The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual for Coastal South Carolina project is supported by years of outreach and research led by the South Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. The project includes key leaders in the area that serve on the LID Manual Advisory Committee, and incorporates public trainings/meetings throughout the process. The final product will be a guidance document defined and vetted by end users.

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United States
41° 54' 59.1624" N, 83° 23' 51.756" W
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Resilient Monroe is a land-use planning and community design project in southeast Michigan sponsored by the City of Monroe, Frenchtown Charter Township and Monroe Charter Township. Together, these three local governments are planning for successful, resilient community adaptation to the social, environmental and economic challenges presented by climate change.

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United States
44° 5' 41.82" N, 123° 55' 32.8116" W

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Climate change impacts such as increased mean temperatures, increased frequency and intensity of storms, sea level rise, and changes in precipitation are predicted to impact coastal Oregon. To help decision-makers, legislators, and the public plan for and adapt to the likely impacts of climate change, the Oregon Coastal Management Program created an adaptation strategy in 2009. The overall goal of the strategy is to provide a framework for coordinated action across jurisdictions and to help local coastal governments prepare adaptation plans by 2015.

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United States
43° 56' 24.3564" N, 80° 19' 55.3116" W

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The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC or Consortium) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond. The OCC has its origins in an original partnership formed by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and York University in 2010 with the development of the Climate Consortium for Research Action Integration (CC-RAI). Universities currently involved in the initiative include McMaster University, Ryerson University, Trent University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor and Western University.

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United States
37° 26' 9.5532" N, 122° 10' 39.7596" W

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Communities along the San Francisquito Creek are facing flooding risks from increased storm events and sea level rise. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is leading four main projects to stabilize, restore, and maintain the channel of the San Francisquito Creek. They are also working with upstream partners within the entire watershed, extending from San Francisco to El Camino Real, to design and plan capital projects to increase flood protection that benefit the natural environment. Projects are designed to protect against a 100-year San Francisquito Creek flood coincident with a 100-year high tide event.

Location

United States
43° 17' 48.9588" N, 70° 53' 1.6404" W
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows at the Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute

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In Hampton and Seabrook, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, climate change adaptation processes are underway, but stand to be greatly enhanced by their use of the Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool (COAST). The primary objective of the COAST project is to provide support for climate change adaptation planning processes in the cities, by providing visual, numeric, narrative, and presentation-based products based on the COAST decision-support tool. It is anticipated these products will increase support for processes underway and represent specific actions to be evaluated.

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United States
45° 42' 35.136" N, 114° 55' 1.1712" W

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Increasingly, managers are being asked to consider the impacts climate change may pose to a species or a specific area. However, most climate-related models and/or forecasts do not provide sufficient resolution to know where within individual landscapes that management could help ecosystems adapt to climate change. The goal of the NorWeST project is to organize large amounts of existing stream temperature data collected by dozens of resource agencies and use these data to create high-resolution models and maps of historical, current, and future stream temperatures across the Northwest United States. Managers are using this information to prioritize restoration and conservation efforts and improve the efficiency of new stream temperature monitoring.

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United States
44° 42' 18.3816" N, 89° 49' 27.1884" W

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The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.

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United States
42° 13' 11.4276" N, 83° 40' 18.75" W

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In the Great Lakes region, climate change is predicted to bring greater amounts of precipitation falling in shorter periods of time, resulting in increased flooding. For Detroit, flooding brings an extra problem – sewage overflows. This realization inspired the Sierra Club Great Lakes Program to get involved in the sewer overflow issue and begin exploring green infrastructure solutions. Green infrastructure creates rainwater filtration right at the surface, keeping rainwater from entering the combined sewer system and preventing additional sewage pollution in the Great Lakes. This case study is also part of a Climate Adaptation Toolkit, developed in partnership between EcoAdapt and Freshwater Future.

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United States
41° 52' 41.2104" N, 87° 37' 47.2728" W
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In 2010, Chicago Wilderness released its Climate Action Plan for Nature, a strategy to help conserve regional biodiversity in a changing climate. This report is the culmination of the efforts of a collaborative team composed of the Chicago Wilderness alliance’s 37-member Climate Change Task Force, scientific experts, and large conservation groups. The report outlines three key strategies to prepare for climate change – mitigation, adaptation, and education – and associated benchmark goals to support biodiversity in the greater Chicago Wilderness area.

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