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United States
39° 0' 40.8924" N, 76° 29' 32.316" W
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In 2007, the Governor of Maryland signed an Executive Order that created the Commission on Climate Change, which was tasked to develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the state. In 2008, the final report was released and implementation began. The Department of Natural Resources has been a lead agency in the development and implementation of the Climate Action Plan, particularly in regards to adaptation. Phase I of the adaptation plan focuses on key strategies to reduce Maryland’s vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal storms.

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United States
19° 48' 22.7952" N, 86° 10' 36.3288" W
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The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The reef sustains over two million people living in the region, which spans the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula through Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. The combined effects of current anthropogenic stressors (e.g., pollution, overfishing) when coupled with climate change impacts such as sea level rise, increased seawater temperatures, and a reduction in calcium carbonate will have devastating consequences for the Mesoamerican Reef system. With funding from the U.S.

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United States
38° 0' 15.0804" N, 76° 0' 22.194" W
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Somerset County received a grant through Maryland’s Coast-Smart Communities Initiative grant program to assess the county’s vulnerability to climate change and develop a plan of action to prepare for those impacts. The county reviewed existing plans, development codes, regulations, and laws to ensure the necessary policies and codes were prepared for the reality of the county’s climate future, specifically addressing sea level rise and coastal storms.

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United States
38° 30' 14.1768" N, 76° 4' 49.1592" W
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Dorchester County is Maryland’s second largest county and includes over 350,000 acres of wetlands, tidal marshes, creeks, and other low-lying lands. Around half of the county’s landscape lies at elevations below 4.9 feet, making it one of Maryland’s most at-risk counties to sea level rise. With financial and technical support from Maryland’s Coast-Smart Communities Initiative grant program, the county developed Sea Level Rise: A Technical Guidance for Dorchester County.

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United States
39° 17' 20.2668" N, 76° 39' 5.7996" W
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The Coast-Smart Communities Initiative is charged with providing a toolbox of resources to help Maryland counties and towns develop climate-smart management policies and on-the-ground measures. The Initiative, housed under the Department of Natural Resources, developed a Community Scorecard, Coastal Communities Initiative competitive grant, Maryland’s Coastal Atlas, and a number of case studies to act as models for other local governments.

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

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

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

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

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