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Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation TooL (CCORAL)

Tool Overview

The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tooL – CCORAL - is an online support system for climate resilient decision making. CCORAL is a system which helps decision makers to see all kinds of activities through a ‘climate’ or ‘climate change’ lens, and to identify actions that minimise climate related loss, take advantage of opportunities and build climate resilient development in their countries.

CCORAL will help you undertake the following activities:

A Risk Management Approach to Decision Making in the Caribbean

The countries of the Caribbean community (CARICOM) have great cause for concern when it comes to climate change: the impacts of climate change could severely impact their development. Building and planning for climate resilient, low carbon economies is a tall challenge, and will require a transformational approach. This knowledge brief by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or ‘5Cs’), with support from CDKN, describes how decision-making processes based on risk management will help Caribbean leaders rise to the challenge.

Simulation of Salinity Intrusion Along the Georgia and South Carolina Coasts Using Climate-Change Scenarios

Potential changes in climate could alter interactions between environmental and societal systems and adversely affect the availability of water resources in many coastal communities. Changes in streamflow patterns in conjunction with sea-level rise may change the salinity-intrusion dynamics of coastal rivers. Several municipal water-supply intakes are located along the Georgia and South Carolina coast that are proximal to the present day saltwater-freshwater interface of tidal rivers.

Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into Florida's Wildlife Planning Processes

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.

Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: The Caribbean

Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant rise in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including the Caribbean. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively.

Puerto Rico Coastal Adaptation Project

The Puerto Rico Coastal Management Program (PRCZMP) is conducting a two-year Coastal Adaptation Project. The goal is to develop a coastal zone vulnerability assessment and appropriate adaptation strategies to help Puerto Rico cope with existing coastal hazards and future climate changes. The project is utilizing participatory stakeholder processes, spatial analysis tools, geophysical and chemical scientific knowledge, and utilization of the best available data from Puerto Rico’s experts in order to develop broadly applicable outputs.

Climate Change and Biodiversity: Forecasts from the Past

Part of the Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series, this webinar explores the approaches most commonly implemented to model the large-scale response of amphibians and reptiles to climate change. Steven Jackson, professor of Botany and director of the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming, discusses what conclusions can be drawn from vulnerability assessments and what kinds of data are necessary to execute an assessment.

Initial Estimates of the Ecological and Economic Consequences of Sea Level Rise on the Florida Keys through the Year 2100

Climate change is happening now at an unprecedented rate. Sea level rise is one of the more predictable and most profound consequences of climate change. In the next one to three centuries, sea level rise is likely to nullify most, if not all, that has been done over the past century to protect the terrestrial plants, animals and natural communities of the Florida Keys. Negative impacts on the built environment and human communities are also likely to be serious and irreversible.

Climate Change in Southwest Florida

In the absence of effective avoidance, mitigation, minimization and adaptation, climate-related failures will result in greater difficulty in addressing the priority problems identified in the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP): hydrologic alteration, water quality degradation, fish and wildlife habitat loss, and stewardship gaps. This study examines the current climate and ongoing climate change in southwest Florida along with five future scenarios of climate change into the year 2200. These scenarios include: