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Public Listening Sessions Report: Sea Level Rise and Population Growth in North Carolina

The Albemarle-Pamlico Conservation and Communities Collaborative (AP3C), in partnership with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, hosted a series of seven public listening sessions during the summer of 2008. The goal of these sessions was to provide residents of the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed with an opportunity to voice their concerns about the combined impacts of sea level rise and population growth and elicit their ideas about solutions.

Florida Oceans and Coastal Council

The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council was created by the State of Florida to guide research priorities for Florida’s vulnerable coasts and oceans. The Council's mission is to coordinate public and private research to address emerging management needs in the state and develop a statewide research plan. It was developed by the Florida Legislature through the Oceans and Coastal Resources Act in 2005. Each year the Council reviews critical needs for the state and develops priorities for ocean and coastal research.

Broward County Climate Change Task Force and Climate Change Initiatives

As a response to global, national, and state initiatives and to south Florida’s vulnerability to climate change, Broward County initiated a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a resolution to support the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement in 2007. One of the methods to address climate change impacts in the county was the creation of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force in 2008. The Task Force was created to provide recommendations on strategies for Broward County to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report for the City of Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina is in the process of writing a sea level rise adaptation report, which is expected to be released in 2010. The report will assess the likely impacts of sea level rise and present adaptation strategies. Information from this report may be incorporated into the county’s coastal zone management plan update and will be used to educate city officials.

Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee: An Update to Tennessee's State Wildlife Action Plan

From the Executive Summary:

The focus of this document centered on identifying the potential impacts, both positive and negative, to wildlife and their habitats that a changing climate will cause. This was accomplished by conducting a literature review of pertinent climatological and biological research papers and reports; then where possible relating those findings to the habitats and faunal groups of Tennessee.

City of Punta Gorda Adaptation Plan

Southwest Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the consequences of climate change, especially sea level rise and increased hurricane activity and severity. Regardless of the underlying causes of climate change, global glacial melting and expansion of warming oceans are causing sea level rise, although its extent or rate cannot as yet be predicted with certainty.

Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

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:1) a condition that involves a future in which mitigative actions are undertaken to reduce the human influence on climate change2) a 90% probable future predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change3) a 50% probable future predicted by IPCC,4) a 5% probable future predicted by the IPCC, and5) a ―very worst‖ future in which no actions are taken to address climate change.

Technical Framework for the Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) has instituted a collaborative partnership among the Gulf States to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team (HCRT), established under GOMA, has recognized that sediment resources are integral to and a critical resource necessary in accomplishing many of the GOMA conservation and restoration initiatives and objectives.