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United States
39° 5' 50.262" N, 120° 1' 52.0608" W

Project Summary/Overview

Agencies and stakeholders working in the Lake Tahoe Basin initiated a project to provide guidance and create procedures to address current and projected climate change impacts in the region. The project developed tools to evaluate and communicate climate adaptation and mitigation actions for the Basin. A working group composed of multiple agencies and stakeholders was created to provide input and guidance, and share findings and products within their organizations.

Abstract

This report summarizes for 18 regions, the observed climate trends to date and some climate related factors. Projections are then given to 2050 of these key climate and climate-related factors. These related factors emphasize events or trends which result in hardship or damages or benefits, and are often felt most strongly in communities. An emphasis has been placed on extreme events when data and projections were available, since they often cause the largest damages and human disruptions.

Location

College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences 326 Strand Ag Hall
97331 Corvallis, OR
United States
44° 33' 47.718" N, 123° 16' 55.4052" W
Organization Overview: 

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), based at Oregon State University (OSU), is a network of over 100 researchers at OSU, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and affiliated federal and state labs.

Abstract

Climate change is now widely acknowledged as a global problem that threatens the success of marine and coastal conservation, management, and policy. Mitigation and adaptation are the two approaches commonly used to address actual and projected climate change impacts. Mitigation applies to efforts to decrease the rate and extent of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or the enhancement of carbon uptake and storage; adaptation deals with minimizing the negative effects or exploiting potential opportunities of climate change.

Abstract

The Lower Willamette region of western Oregon will face significant impacts across its natural, built, economic, human, and cultural systems as a result of increasing temperature, changes in precipitation patterns, and loss of snowpack. Climate change will challenge decision makers due to the complex interactions and linkages between changing climatic patterns, biological systems, and socioeconomic factors and the present uncertainties inherent in modeling projections.

Abstract

The Plan was prepared by the Rocky Mountain Youths Corps (RMYC) in collaboration with Climate Solutions University (CSU). CSU is a partnership between the Model Forest Policy Program and The Cumberland River Compact. CSU provided a highly interactive educational program to bring climate resilience to communities specifically through forest and water resource protection strategies. It was designed to guide selected communities through a process of training, assessment, and planning related to forest, water, and climate vulnerabilities and opportunities.

Location

United States
62° 27' 14.2992" N, 114° 22' 18.4404" W

Project Summary/Overview

With a grant from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs the City of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Canada, engaged a group of stakeholders in an extensive adaptation planning process. The city, with the support of the Pembina Institute, hosted three workshops to discuss impacts to the region and viable local adaptation options. The project results were written up in a summary document authored by the Pembina Institute and included recommendations for the city to take to make Yellowknife more resilient to climate change.

Location

United States
64° 32' 9.0528" N, 66° 53' 5.1576" W

Project Summary/Overview

To increase provincial and local ability to adapt to climate change, the Government of Nunavut joined together with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) to form a partnership to support local communities while helping to develop Nunavut’s climate change adaptation strategy.

Abstract

Climate change is already altering historical expectations regarding water supply and aquatic ecosystems. In turn, changes in water supply may call into question the continued utility of existing water law rules in many areas of the country, unsettling private rights and expectations in water allocations in favor of more public interests and values in water, including protections for ecosystems and their services.Water law is already more sensitive than many other kinds of law to the ecological conditions that dominate in an area.

Location

United States
49° 16' 0.0012" N, 121° 43' 0.0012" W

Project Summary/Overview

Seabird Island is located in British Columbia, Canada, and is home to a First Nation population. Increased precipitation and snowmelt threaten to flood the community of Seabird Island. To proactively prepare the community for possible flooding, the Seabird Island Emergency Response Team has developed an emergency preparedness plan that was distributed to community members through a door-to- door awareness and educational campaign spearheaded by the local fire department.

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