Survey Says. . .Great Lakes Coastal Communities Choose Climate Adaptation!

Location

United States
44° 49' 10.2648" N, 82° 15' 56.25" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Katherine Kahl, Heather Stirratt
Summary: 

Climate change adaptation can be broadly defined as the process of evaluating the changes in climate that are occurring and that are expected to occur, linking those climatic changes to impacts on the things we value, identifying ways to address those impacts, and ultimately updating and implementing strategies to reduce future risks.

Addressing Climate Change Impacts in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Location

United States
45° 28' 2.3664" N, 82° 58' 7.5" W
US
Summary: 

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (Agreement), initially signed in 1972, is a binational accord between the United States and Canada to protect regional water quality in the Great Lakes basin. An amendment to the Agreement was released in September 2012; among the additions is an annex dedicated to climate change.

Anticipating Climate Change in Montana’s Sagebrush-Steppe and Yellowstone River Systems

Location

United States
45° 50' 9.3984" N, 111° 53' 5.1576" W
US
Summary: 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) held a workshop to discuss the impacts and opportunities of multiple future climate scenarios on fish and wildlife species in the Yellowstone River and sagebrush-steppe habitats. Participants identified potential management actions to conserve current native species and habitat as well as maintain recreational opportunities.

A Roadmap for Action: The Chicago Climate Action Plan

Location

United States
41° 53' 6.864" N, 87° 37' 37.0308" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

In 2006, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley established a Climate Change Task Force (Task Force) that was charged with evaluating the potential impacts of climate change and developing an action plan for the city. After conducting impacts, economic costs, and risk assessments, the city released the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) in late 2008. The plan functions much like a roadmap for climate action with five overarching strategies, including nine adaptation actions.

Climate Change, the Great Lakes, and Mining

Location

United States
46° 48' 56.7252" N, 87° 43' 42.4704" W
US
Summary: 

In 2006, Kennecott Minerals applied for permits to develop a mine in the Yellow Dog Plains located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. To garner support for enhanced environmental protection, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, a watershed protection group, solicited a report to assess the impacts climate change may pose to regional mining practices. The report reviews climate change projections and impacts and then attempts to assess how this will affect the mining industry and its environmental footprint. 

Designing a Decision Support System for Harvest Management of Great Lakes Lake Whitefish in a Changing Climate

Location

United States
44° 18' 5.67" N, 82° 47' 28.0968" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Abigail Lynch, William W. Taylor
Summary: 

This research project will make a significant contribution to understanding the biology and production dynamics of the Great Lakes' Lake Whitefish fishery and improve the ability of Great Lakes fishery managers to adapt their behaviors and regulations to be responsive to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Fresno County, California

Location

United States
36° 44' 48.6312" N, 119° 46' 21.3132" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

Climate change is a global phenomenon that has the potential for severe local impacts to natural systems in Fresno County. These impacts in turn will affect agriculture, human health, infrastructure, forestry, emergency response, tourism, and many other facets of society. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate existing problems in Fresno County while also imposing new ones.

Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into Florida's Wildlife Planning Processes

Location

United States
28° 43' 33.312" N, 81° 25' 50.3904" W
US
Author Name(s): 
Sara O’Brien, Natalie Dubois, Judith Boshoven, Katie Theoharides, Beth Stys, Tim O’Meara
Summary: 

Defenders of Wildlife (DoW) is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Climate Change Team and Workgroups to define a process to incorporate climate change information into agency planning and decision making. This process will be designed to help guide agency efforts to develop an integrated climate change response strategy that can fulfill the needs of the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) and other agency planning efforts.

Watershed Resilience: Addressing Climate Change Planning in Watershed Assessments

Location

United States
42° 56' 25.2204" N, 117° 56' 57.1884" W
US
Summary: 

The guidebook, Toward a Resilient Watershed: Addressing Climate Change Planning in Watershed Assessments, is intended to complement or supplement a watershed assessment process by posing questions related to how climate change will impact the structure and function of the watershed.

Ocean of Grass: An Ecoregional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Northern Great Plains

Location

United States
45° 40' 37.5276" N, 111° 2' 6.5148" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

The Northern Great Plains stretch 450 miles long and 175 miles wide across Canada and the United States. Identified as one of the World Wildlife Fund’s most biologically significant places on Earth, the area was the subject of a 2004 ecoregional assessment (Ocean of Grass: A Conservation Assessment for the Northern Great Plains).