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United States
68° 11' 36.0024" N, 162° 46' 24.3768" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Nunat Climate Observations Database is part of a broader website (www.nunat.net) created to facilitate the exchange of tribal observations of climate, land, and subsistence changes in Native Villages in Alaska. The database is searchable by geographic location, date range, and type of change, and is supplemented by additional information on stressors (e.g., contaminants) that may exacerbate the effects of climate change.

Location

United States
67° 43' 36.9984" N, 164° 31' 59.9988" W

Project Summary/Overview

Residents in Kivalina, Alaska have pursued relocation efforts for almost 20 years because of overcrowding and erosion problems. The village identified a preferred relocation site about eight miles away in Kiniktuuraq; this site was deemed unsuitable by the Army Corps of Engineers who found that flooding and erosion at the new site would cause additional problems. The relocation process is in a stalemate as the village seeks technical assistance and funding to support their efforts.

Location

United States
66° 15' 24.0012" N, 166° 4' 18.9984" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Native Village of Shishmaref is located on Sarichef Island in the Chukchi Sea. This barrier island is highly vulnerable to coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, and flooding. Relocation efforts have been underway since 2001; a lack of funding has delayed the process and the people and infrastructure remain at risk.

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United States
34° 47' 23.0928" N, 78° 8' 5.1576" W

Project Summary/Overview

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) has prioritized climate change as a primary goal. Its Climate Change Initiative provides a framework from which the NCDENR can develop and implement mitigation and adaptation responses.

Location

United States
38° 59' 18.9276" N, 76° 48' 19.512" W

Project Summary/Overview

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Program provides tools and resources for water utilities to prepare for the effects of global climate change. A CRWU Working Group has been created to provide recommendations on the effectiveness of the program. In addition, CRWU provides water utility owners and operators with tools and resources to prepare for climate change.

Location

United States
41° 0' 39.0816" N, 99° 50' 37.5" W

Project Summary/Overview

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state and tribal wildlife agencies, created a National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy to coordinate climate change responses in both the public and private sector. The strategy, released in March 2013, is a framework to guide responsible adaptation action by natural resource managers around the United States in the face of a changing climate.

Location

United States
37° 21' 30.654" N, 122° 12' 42.8904" W

Project Summary/Overview

The California coastline extends for more than 2,000 miles and is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards such as storms and extreme high tides that will be made worse by sea level rise. In 2003, the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program established the California Climate Change Research Center to sponsor climate change research focusing on regional and sectoral impacts.

Location

United States
15° 30' 0" N, 92° 35' 60" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Sierra-Costa region of Chiapas, Mexico is home to many threatened and endangered species, endemic species of salamanders and butterflies, and a nationally important bird area with hundreds of avian species. The region also supports the largest mangrove forests in Mexico, which serve as critical breeding and foraging habitats for birds and numerous fish species. The coastal area is also a critical corridor for many migratory dolphins and whale sharks.

Location

United States
10° 9' 32.5152" N, 85° 48' 22.9644" W
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Junquillal Beach on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica is a representative example of many places in Latin American and the Caribbean where wildlife and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change. In 2005, with the support of the community, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) started the project “Conservation of Pacific Leatherbacks” [in Spanish, Conservación – Baulas del Pacífico (CBP)].

Location

United States
21° 24' 10.3176" N, 157° 44' 17.7576" W

Project Summary/Overview

Kailua Beach is located on the windward (eastern) shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. While Kailua Beach is relatively stable, it is still at risk from a number of threats including overdevelopment and sea level rise. The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (UHSG) has partnered with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) to develop a comprehensive beach and dune management and land use development plan for Kailua Beach.

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