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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report,1 Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, forecasts that climate change will have significant impacts on populations and environments around the world. Furthermore, it is likely that in the absence of concerted efforts to mitigate greenhouse emissions, climate change will have negative effects on business and global markets. It will likely lead to a change in existing business models and current risk management structures.

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The National Climate Adaptation Summit was in response to a conversation the President’s Science and Technology Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, had with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Board members and took place in Washington, DC, on May 25-27, 2010. This event brought together more than 180 users and providers of climate adaptation information to examine the needs, knowledge, and roles required for effective adaptation to climate change.

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The Okanagan Adaptation Strategies planning process was initiated by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative to address priorities identified through both the Climate Change Risk & Opportunity Assessment and the BC Agriculture Climate Change Action Plan (both available at www.bcagclimateaction.ca). 

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Bering Sea
United States
56° 51' 53.0604" N, 177° 27' 4.2192" W
US

Project Summary

Researchers from the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, and the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, are creating downscaled climate models to estimate future abundance of fish stocks in the Bering Sea. By combining physical oceanography, fisheries science, and climate projections, researchers hope to develop climate and fishing scenarios that can facilitate climate-informed fisheries management in the region.

Location

Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem
United States
41° 3' 25.5276" N, 68° 30' 38.6712" W
US

Project Summary

Given the complex life histories, attributes, and environmental interdependencies of marine fish species, decision makers are in need of scientifically-based information on the relative vulnerability of fish species to expected changes in climatic and oceanic conditions. This project applied the NOAA Fisheries Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology to examine 82 species within the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.

Location

Gulf of Maine
United States
42° 47' 23.4888" N, 67° 48' 27.4212" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Kathy Mills

Project Summary

Atlantic salmon populations have declined throughout North America and Europe in recent decades. These declines have exhibited similar patterns over broad geographic areas, and previous studies have shown correlations between salmon declines and changing marine ecosystem conditions. These analyses have specifically identified warming ocean conditions and changes in the prey base as closely linked with Atlantic salmon population trends. The observed ecosystem changes have likely increased the energy requirements of Atlantic salmon and reduced the energy available to them through their prey.

Location

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue NW Room 5128
20230 Washington, DC
United States
38° 53' 34.5336" N, 77° 1' 57.5652" W
US

Project Summary

NOAA Fisheries along with stakeholders, fishery management councils, fisheries organizations, and tribes are developing Regional Action Plans (RAPs) to prepare for and respond to climate impacts on marine and coastal resources. The objective of the RAPs is to develop regional implementation guidance of the seven objectives outlined in the 2015 NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for each region – Alaska, West Coast, Greater Atlantic, Pacific Islands, and Southeast and Caribbean – and to increase the production and use of information to support climate-informed fisheries management.

MACA Statistically Downscaled Climate Data from CMIP5

Location

United States
44° 8' 5.6868" N, 102° 39' 22.5" W
US
Tool Overview: 

A new statistically downscaled climate model dataset covering the conterminous U.S. Statistical downscaling is one of two methods (the other is dynamical downscaling) that uses climate data produced at a large scale (such as global) to make predictions about future climate at a smaller scale (such as a particular watershed).  The downscaling process generates information that is useful for making decisions and adapting to the impacts of climate change on a local or regional scale. 

Abstract

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from scientists from around the world.

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The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issues this guidance to assist Federal agencies in their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change when evaluating proposed Federal actions in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the CEQ Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (CEQ Regulations).

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