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The SE USA is characterized by great diversity in terms of climate, natural and managed ecosystems, social and political attitudes, and vulnerabilities. While most of the SE is classified as humid, temperatures vary widely across the regions, with a transition from tropical rainforests in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to temperate forests in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

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In the next few decades, climate change in China will add pressure onto water resources, already under intense stress. China’s successful investments in water-related infrastructure have helped mitigate climate variability and strengthen water, food and energy security; but the country’s water supplies are now dwindling under a combination of population growth, rising per capita demand, urbanization, industrialization and pollution, particularly in the water-scarce north. Per capita water availability is only 25% of the global average.

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The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.

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This report was created by Mayor Menino's Climate Preparedness Task Force, a Cabinet-level group convened in February 2013. The report identifies ways in which the City of Boston has and will prepare for the impacts of climate change on municipal operations.

Climate Change Tree Atlas

Organization: 
Profiles: 

Anantha Prasad
aprasad@fs.fed.us

As the reality of global climate change becomes increasingly apparent to the public and to many policymakers, scientists are being called on to provide information about possible outcomes. Dr. Louis Iverson and Anantha Prasad began modelling and mapping tree species from the eastern United States for their potential response to several scenarios of climate change around 1996.

Type of Tool: 
Modeling and Analysis
Species/Vegetation Models
Sector Addressed: 
Forestry
Wildlife
Taxonomic Focus: 
Plants
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Abstract

Managing natural resources in an effective and cost-efficient way requires responding to changes that are occurring in the climate system. Because rapid changes in climate threaten many of our ecological resources, incorporating ways to both reduce the rate of changes (mitigation), and respond to them in ways that allow us to protect what we value (adaptation) are important components of pro-active planning.

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This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.By the end of the 21st century, forest ecosystems in the United States will differ from those of today as a result of changing climate.

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Scenarios are quantitative and narrative descriptions of plausible future conditions that provide assumptions for analyses of potential impacts and responses to climate change. Scenarios are ways to help understand what future conditions might be, with each scenario an example of what might happen under different assumptions. Scenarios are not predictions or forecasts, and no probabilities are associated with them. Instead, they provide a range of future conditions to bound uncertainty. The scenarios here include climate, sea level change, land use, and socioeconomic conditions.

Location

United States
40° 38' 18.2832" N, 89° 23' 5.1576" W

Project Summary/Overview

The Illinois State Water Survey, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Water Resources and the Illinois State Geological Survey, examined historical climate information and future climate scenarios in order to improve the understanding of and planning for the effects of climate change on supply and demand of regional water resources. The project examined climate impacts (e.g., temperature, precipitation) on surface and groundwater resources and resulting complications for sustainable water supply planning in the state.

Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Location

United States
45° 53' 44.6748" N, 84° 27' 46.4076" W
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This tool, developed collaboratively by GLAA-C and Headwaters Economics, is an interactive look at how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. The map features statistical information on over 225 counties throughout the Great Lakes region.

Type of Tool: 
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Tool Cost: 
Free
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure

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