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Abstract

All around us, the chorus of voices calling for renewed investment in our nation’s critical water infrastructure is growing. Yet while the calls amplify, harmony remains elusive.There is widespread agreement that our water systems desperately need investment if they are to sustain the critical services they provide to economies. As to how those systems should perform, how we should pay for them and how we should value them—there, unanimity dissolves.

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Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein, recent graduates of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, spent three months traveling around the United States collecting 'stories of climate resilience'--examples of people and places adapting to the impacts of climate change. They visited 31 states and conducted 158 interviews with natural resource managers, climate scientists, farmers, city planners, business owners, artists, and more. This is the 7-minute version of their summer.

The Carbon Map

Tool Summary / Overview: 

This website uses an animated, distorted, shaded, interactive map to help convey how different countries fit into the climate change picture – both the causes and the risks. It was created as an entry for the World Bank’s Apps for Climate competition.

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This document was developed by Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee and by staff of the Delaware Coastal Programs section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). It is intended to assist government agencies, businesses and individuals make well-informed choices about preparing for and responding to sea level rise. Its central component is a set of recommendations for building the state’s ability to adapt to sea level rise.

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The Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change. It builds upon the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 and incorporates subsequent new findings from the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, as well as from research published in the extensive scientific and technical literature.

Location

United States
50° 1' 28.434" N, 114° 55' 24.708" W

Project Summary/Overview

Grizzly bears, moose, mountain goats, deer, elk—all call Elkford, British Columbia home. Wild at Heart is the community slogan and the area is known as the wilderness capitol of British Columbia. As a Rocky Mountain town, the local economy is dependent on the surrounding natural resources—coal mining, logging and increasingly, tourism. How does a community that values it wilderness, wildlife, and depends on the natural resources adapt to climate change? By finding solutions that are in sync with community values.

Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool (COAST)

Tool Summary / Overview: 

COAST (COastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool) is a process that helps users answer questions in regards to the costs and benefits of actions and strategies to avoid damages to assets from sea level rise and/or coastal flooding.

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As more cities and regions are hit hard by storms, public pressure for better infrastructure planning is growing. A consensus is emerging that in many cases, “putting it back the way it was” is not the right answer. Community leaders may be ready to take new actions to adapt to changing conditions, but may also be unsure whether such new ideas are good investments.

Location

United States
43° 17' 48.9588" N, 70° 53' 1.6404" W
Author Name(s): 
Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows at the Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute

Project Summary/Overview

In Hampton and Seabrook, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, climate change adaptation processes are underway, but stand to be greatly enhanced by their use of the Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool (COAST). The primary objective of the COAST project is to provide support for climate change adaptation planning processes in the cities, by providing visual, numeric, narrative, and presentation-based products based on the COAST decision-support tool. It is anticipated these products will increase support for processes underway and represent specific actions to be evaluated.

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Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities is a report aimed at assessing the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the Northwest United States.

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