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Meeting the Challenge - Strategies for Adapting Watershed Ecosystems to Climate Change. Proceedings of the 2009 State of the Laguna Conference and Science Symposium

Global change is driven by a variety of forces that have combined into a major world challenge as a globalizing human population is continually expanding, and its technological advances of the past centuries have begun bearing unwanted fruit.

Preliminary Study of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Resources of the Hayward Shoreline

Sea level is anticipated to rise by as much as 55 inches over the next century, which will have major implications for many of the cities that surround San Francisco Bay. The Hayward Shoreline, from San Leandro Creek to the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel, is a typical East San Francisco Bay low-lying shoreline which provides vital ecological, industrial and residential functions yet is already vulnerable to inundation from both tidal and fluvial sources.

Climate Change and Natural Resources in Pima County: Anticipated Effects and Management Challenges

Climate change (also referred to as climate disruption) is a considerable threat to the biota of Pima County and beyond and therefore warrants special attention in any large‐scale planning process such as Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and Multiple‐species Conservation Plan. During the 20th Century, the earth’s surface warmed by approximately 1.0°F, a trend that appeared to be even more severe in the Southwestern United States. Climate models for the 21st Century show ever‐increasing temperatures and prolonged drought in the Sonoran Desert.

California Water Plan Update 2009: Volume 1 - The Strategic Plan

California Water Plan Update 2009 presents the latest statewide strategic plan for water management - a roadmap to year 2050. Updated every 5 years, the California Water Plan provides a framework for water managers, legislators, and the public to consider options and make decisions regarding California's water future. Our goal is to meet Water Code requirements, receive broad support among those participating in California's water planning, and create a useful document for the public, water managers and planners throughout the state, legislators, Tribes, and other decision-makers.

2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Led by the California Natural Resources Agency, numerous other state agencies were involved in the creation of the strategy including Environmental Protection; Business, Transportation and Housing; Health and Human Services; and the Department of Agriculture. This report focuses on sectors that include: Public Health; Biodiversity and Habitat; Ocean and Coastal Resources; Water Management; Agriculture; Forestry; and Transportation and Energy Infrastructure. The strategy is in direct response to Gov.

How Should Conservation Groups Respond to Climate Change? Interview with Dr. Rebecca Shaw

One of the most urgent challenges facing conservation organizations around the world is the crisis of climate change. Climate change has the potential to unexpectedly alter practically every aspect of the natural world, making it a really slippery problem for conservation groups to deal with. In this podcast, we talk about how The Nature Conservancy, one of the biggest conservation groups in the world, is responding to climate change. Dr.

Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing the assumptions and uncertainties

As the rate and magnitude of climate change accelerate, understanding the consequences becomes increasingly important. Species distribution models (SDMs) based on current ecological niche constraints are used to project future species distributions. These models contain assumptions that add to the  uncertainty in model projections stemming from the structure of the models, the algorithms used to translate niche associations into distributional probabilities, the quality and quantity of data, and mismatches between the scales of modeling and data.

San Francisco Bay: Preparing for the Next Level

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, along with a consortium of leading Dutch researchers and consultants, which are part of the Delta Alliance, conducted a joint study on the impact of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay. The results of the study and adaptation measures for shoreline development were presented at a symposium on September 21, 2009. At the symposium new ideas for future cooperation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the San Francisco Bay of California, and the Delta in the Netherlands were also explored.

Potential for Adaptation to Climate Change in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central Valley of California - Final Report

This interdisciplinary document is intended to build awareness about the urgent need to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change for specific agricultural regions. It addresses planning issues at both the farm and landscape levels, using a process that has engaged stakeholders.

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