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United States
39° 31' 5.4048" N, 122° 10' 4.6884" W
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Project Summary

Due to growing recognition that climate change is having and will continue to have a substantial, measureable effect on California’s water resources, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) created climate change adaptation strategies for the state's water supply. These strategies provide a new approach to managing California’s water supply and other natural resources in a way that is more resilient and robust to the effects of climate change.

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In 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin its second century of preserving the Nation’s natural and cultural heritage, a stewardship that now includes protection of more than 84 million acres within the National Park System. Global climate change threatens the integrity of our national parks. It challenges the NPS mission to leave park resources unimpaired for future generations unlike any threat in our history.The NPS is moving rapidly beyond the question of whether the Earth is warming and is focused on what to do about it.

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The IPCC Climate Change and Water Technical Paper concluded that observational records and climate projections provide abundant evidence that freshwater resources are vulnerable and have the potential to be strongly impacted by climate change, with wide-ranging consequences for human societies and ecosystems (Bates, Kudzewicz, and Palutikof 2008).

Location

United States
70° 0' 38.0772" N, 71° 43' 7.5" W
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Project Summary

The Igliniit Project in Nunavut, Canada, supports the use of a GPS device that can be mounted on indigenous Inuit hunters’ snow machines to track routes, weather conditions such as temperature and pressure, and observations of hazards, sea ice, and animals. The data provided in these devices are then used to create community maps that provide qualitative and quantitative information to inform status and trends in hunting patterns and land and sea ice characteristics.

Location

United States
60° 56' 33.0288" N, 164° 38' 30.8976" W
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Newtok is a Native Alaskan village that is being forced to relocate as the river and ocean erode its shorelines. The erosion rates have been exacerbated by thawing permafrost, declining sea ice protection, increased storm surge exposure, and warming temperatures. In 1994, Newtok was one of the first villages to consider relocating to a new, less vulnerable site. In 2003, Newtok negotiated a land exchange agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is now in the process of moving forward with plans to relocate their entire population to a new site.

Location

United States
67° 43' 53.9868" N, 161° 43' 7.5" W
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In Kotzebue, Alaska, the indigenous Qikiktagrugmiut residents developed a study to collect traditional ecological knowledge from tribal members regarding observed environmental changes from the 1950s to 2002. The results detail observed changes in weather, hunting patterns, and snow and ice characteristics; the final report, Documenting Qikiktagrugmiut knowledge of environmental change, serves as a reference point from which to measure further environmental changes and consequences of climate variability in the region.

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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.

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Presentation to the WICCI Green Bay working group, May 11, 2010.Tags: stormwater, water resources, green bay, presentation, coastal communities

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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
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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.

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