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The year [2009] was characterized by a transition from a waning La Niña to a strengthening El Niño, which first developed in June. By December, SSTs were more than 2.0°C above average over large parts of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. Eastward surface current anomalies, associated with the El Niño, were strong across the equatorial Pacific, reaching values similar to the 2002 El Niño during November and December 2009.

Abstract

Presentation to the WICCI Green Bay working group, May 11, 2010.

Overvview of Topics Covered:

  • What the historical record tells us
  • Future scenarios of precipitation 
  • High water impacts
  • Adaptation strategies

 

Abstract

EPA's Climate Change Indicators in the United States (PDF) (80 pp, 13.2MB) report will help readers interpret a set of important indicators to better understand climate change. The report presents 24 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison.

Location

United States
37° 49' 4.1232" N, 122° 19' 43.1184" W
US

Project Summary

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has developed mitigation and adaptation strategies to address the effects of climate change on water resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. These strategies include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, incorporating climate change into planning efforts, and creating a monitoring and response plan to inform planning for infrastructure and water quantity and quality in the face of climate change.

Location

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

Project Summary

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).

Location

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

Project Summary

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.

Location

United States
47° 2' 39.12" N, 122° 54' 2.52" W
US

Project Summary

Climate change is expected to have many social, economic, and ecological repercussions for Washington state. Through an executive order, six state agencies have formed a working group to develop a adaptation strategy by December 2011. In addition to creating an adaptation plan, this effort will coordinate the management activities of major state agencies in addressing climate change.

Location

201 S. Jackson St.
98104 Seattle , WA
United States
47° 35' 55.7484" N, 122° 19' 51.3768" W
Washington US
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Project Summary

The Salmon Watcher Program is one of the “Climate Steward” examples provided in the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. The program trains volunteers to collect information on spawning salmon in streams and rivers throughout two Washington counties; these monitoring efforts help scientists determine natural and climate-based fluctuations in populations.

Location

10441 Bayview-Edison Road
98273 Mt. Vernon , WA
United States
48° 29' 39.4368" N, 122° 28' 51.168" W
Washington US

Project Summary

Pilot workshops were conducted in March 2009 to educate and train coastal managers and planners in Washington State on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. These workshops were developed by an interdisciplinary team from the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), Washington Sea Grant, the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group, and King County with assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Washington Department of Ecology.

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