Nunavut Climate Change Strategy

Location

United States
64° 23' 3.39" N, 90° 21' 5.6268" W
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Summary: 

Nunavut has already experienced a number of climate change impacts, including loss of sea ice, permafrost, and habitat for key species. The Nunavut Department of the Environment developed a climate change strategy to address and prepare the province for future climate change.

Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Management Plan

Location

United States
23° 38' 16.134" N, 164° 5' 30.4692" W
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Summary: 

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) is situated in the northwestern portion of the Hawaiian Archipelago and is one of the world’s largest marine protected areas. Management of the Monument is the responsibility of three co-trustees: the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2008, the co-trustees developed the PMNM Management Plan for ensuring coordinated management of the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Monument.

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: Planning for Climate Change

Location

United States
34° 0' 53.01" N, 119° 58' 14.5308" W
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Summary: 

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), located off the southern coast of California, consists of approximately 1,110 square nautical miles of ocean and coastal waters. The primary objective of the CINMS is to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of marine resources surrounding the Channel Islands for current and future generations. In 2009, a final management plan for the sanctuary was released that sets out priority management issues and actions for the next five to ten years.

Sea Level Rise Guidance for Somerset County, Maryland

Location

United States
38° 0' 15.0804" N, 76° 0' 22.194" W
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Summary: 

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.

Sea Level Rise Guidance for Dorchester County, Maryland

Location

United States
38° 30' 14.1768" N, 76° 4' 49.1592" W
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Summary: 

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.

Maryland's Coast-Smart Communities Initiative

Location

United States
39° 17' 20.2668" N, 76° 39' 5.7996" W
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Summary: 

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.

Relocating the Native Village of Shishmaref, Alaska Due to Coastal Erosion

Location

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

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.

North Carolina Climate Change Initiative

Location

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

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.

U.S. Global Change Research Program

Location

United States
40° 37' 30.2772" N, 100° 32' 48.75" W
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Summary: 

The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s mission is “to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support.” The Program produces assessments of climate change and its implications, participates in the U.S. Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, and provides educational materials to support climate literacy and educational development.

Alaska’s Climate Change Strategy

Location

United States
65° 10' 14.6424" N, 151° 10' 18.75" W
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Summary: 

Alaska is in the process of creating a statewide Climate Change Strategy to guide its programs and policies. Under the leadership of the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet, different advisory groups have provided recommendations on potential responses to climate change, including those on mitigation and adaptation. Using these recommendations, the Sub-Cabinet will develop a Climate Change Strategy for consideration by the Governor.