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United States
33° 57' 25.308" N, 117° 24' 19.4256" W

Project Summary/Overview

Water planners have been struggling to incorporate the impacts of climate change into their planning process due to the inherent uncertainties in regards to the type and magnitude of impacts that will be experienced at the local level. To help water planners incorporate climate change into their long-term plans, the RAND Corporation piloted the Robust Decisionmaking (RDM) tool in the Southern California region in collaboration with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA). RDM integrates a variety of climate scenarios, management plans, and costs and is able to assess vulnerabilities and trade offs in comparison with other plans. For the IEUA case, results indicate that their long-term water management plan would perform best in light of climate change if it were augmented with near-term water efficiency strategies. In a survey, water planners found the RDM results as a useful tool to help them incorporate the impacts of climate change into long-term planning.

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82222 Lance Creek, WY
United States
43° 1' 56.8848" N, 104° 38' 30.8508" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) is a coalition formed in 2007 to help water and wastewater utilities prepare for the impacts of climate change. WUCA is dedicated to collaborating on climate change issues affecting drinking water utilities. Members are located throughout the United States from southern California to New York City. Some of these members are now engaged in the Piloting Utility Modeling Applications for Climate Change project, which seeks to identify the best climate modeling tools and data to assist utilities respond to climate change.

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2700 NE 135th St
33181 Miami, FL
United States
25° 54' 3.3516" N, 80° 8' 37.2264" W

Project Summary/Overview

The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) completed the Sea Level Rise Project in 2005. The study examined the effects of sea level rise on seven coastal counties under the purview of the SFRPC and the Treasure Coast Florida Regional Planning Council. Inundation maps for each county were created and are available for public use.

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2642 HI HI 340
96793 Waihee-waiehu, HI
United States
20° 56' 31.7832" N, 156° 30' 49.3452" W

Project Summary/Overview

Waihe’e Refuge was purchased by the Maui Coastal Land Trust in 2004. The refuge has a total area of 277 acres and houses vital habitats such as wetlands and marine shoreline and has one of the largest remaining, intact sand dune systems in all of Hawaii; the site is also a place of historical significance in the Hawaiian culture. Climate change will have unavoidable impacts on the site, in particular because of sea level rise. To increase the site’s resilience to climate change, managers are working with volunteers to remove all the invasive plants and replant the area with native plants. Volunteers are also educated about the effects climate change is projected to have on the site; Waihe’e Refuge serves as a living classroom to showcase climate change.

Location

United States
55° 10' 43.9248" N, 170° 30' 28.1268" W

Project Summary/Overview

The North Pacific Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity (NPCREP) program is charged with conducting research on ecosystem responses to climate variability in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Research conducted through this program will improve scientific understanding and guidance for marine resource management in the North Pacific Ocean.

Location

United States
67° 9' 21.1824" N, 96° 30' 14.0616" W

Project Summary/Overview

Permafrost in Northern Canada provides a foundation upon which ecosystems and human communities can build. Increased air temperatures associated with climate change are expected to thaw or melt permafrost across the region; land use decisions and plans need to adjust to these changing climate conditions. This study will provide scientific understanding and tools to assist land use planning and management decisions within the context of climate change in Canada’s northern communities in Inuvialuit, Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, and Yukon.

Location

United States
42° 8' 37.8816" N, 70° 5' 33.9828" W

Project Summary/Overview

The StormSmart Coasts Network was piloted in 2008 in Massachusetts and has since been expanded to include Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Florida; sites in progress include Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. There are plans to expand to other coastal states as well. The program works to provide local coastal communities and decision makers with up-to-date and relevant information on storms, flooding, sea level rise, and climate change.

Location

United States
37° 43' 14.7468" N, 122° 17' 49.4088" W

Project Summary/Overview

In September 2009, two workshops were held in the Bay Area to educate and train local planners on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. These workshops were based on the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Planning for Climate Change workshop, originally developed and piloted in Washington State by the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Location

687 W Napa St
95476 Sonoma, CA
United States
38° 17' 34.1808" N, 122° 28' 14.7864" W

Project Summary/Overview

In 2009, a three-day conference was held on strategies for adapting watershed ecosystems to climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area. The conference culminated with the development of the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI), a collaborative effort between regional scientists, conservationists, government officials, and interested stakeholders. The goal of the NBCAI is to promote information exchange and research to develop strategies to effectively adapt the North Bay area to climate change. The NBCAI is divided into three working groups that meet monthly: habitat conservation and stewardship; science, technology, and land management nexus; and policy and funding development.

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