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The State of Climate Adaptation in U.S. Marine Fisheries Management

This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey adaptation action in marine fisheries management by examining the major climate impacts on marine and coastal fisheries in the United States, assessing related challenges to fisheries management, and presenting examples of actions taken to decrease vulnerability and/or increase resilience. First, we provide a summary of climate change impacts and secondary effects on fisheries, focusing on changes in air and water temperatures, precipitation patterns, storms, ocean circulation, sea level rise, and water chemistry.

Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation Activities: A Reference Guide for City Managers

This reference guide is for city managers and other city staff who are creating a citywide climate adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program.The guide details essential components of an adaptation M&E framework and provides a structure for cities to plan and implement an adaptation M&E framework.

This should not be considered a sequential step-by- step guide; components need to be planned for and developed in parallel, as many are interdependent.

Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America

Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy. While rural Americans express support for natural resource conservation, they and their elected officials often voice less support for existing federal environmental policies and laws. Congressional action on a variety of environmental issues has been impeded by opposition from rural stakeholders.

2020 Water Resilience Portfolio

Water is central to nearly everything we value in California. Healthy communities, economies, farms, ecosystems and cultural traditions depend on steady supplies of safe and affordable water.

Those values are increasingly at risk as California confronts more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, depleted groundwater basins, aging infrastructure and other challenges magnified byclimate change. For some of California’s most vulnerable populations, the risks are particularly acute.

The power of place in disaster recovery: Heritage-based practice in the post-Matthew landscape of Princeville, North Carolina

This article examines shortcomings and possible improvements to standard post-disaster recovery processes through the lens of recovery in Princeville, North Carolina, the oldest black town in the United States. Princeville has faced existential challenges since it was settled in the Tar River floodplain in 1865, most recently in 2016 with flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. The article describes the power of place attachment and the trauma caused by place-based disaster. It points out that significant rebuilding typically begins a full three years into a standard recovery timeline.

Sea-level rise and vanishing coastal parks: A call to action for park managers and leaders

This is the debut of “Coloring Outside the Lines,” which will be a regular column authored by Dr. Nina S. Roberts in Parks Stewardship Forum. In “Coloring Outside the Lines,” Nina will be writing about various topics regarding parks, protected areas, cultural sites, and other forms of place-based conservation, with a focus on relevance, equity, access, inclusivity, and related topics.

Repeatable approaches to work with scientific uncertainty and advance climate change adaptation in US national parks

Managers and scientists widely acknowledge climate change as one of the greatest threats to protected areas in the US and worldwide (Gross et al. 2016). The US National Park Service (NPS) began addressing climate change as early as the 1990s, and in 2010 NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis stated that “climate change is fundamentally the greatest threat to the integrity of our national parks that we have ever experienced” (NPS 2010).

Built Environment and Transportation Connections to Climate Change: San Diego County Public Health Services

In San Diego County, governments collaborate with universities, philanthropic institutions, nonprofits, and businesses to develop policies, plans, and programs that address climate change. San Diego County Public Health Services (SDCPHS), a division of the Health and Human Services Agency, began working to identify strategies to address climate change and started to raise awareness through its existing planning and activities for chronic disease prevention, health equity and emergency preparedness.

Planning for Climate Change and Public Health: Santa Clara County Public Health Department

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) has a multi-pronged approach to climate change that emerged from its Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Initially, department staff were exposed to climate issues through programs, organizations, and collaboratives that focus on the upstream determinants of health. Early work included strategies to increase active transportation and food access, which have co-benefits for improving community health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Raising Community Awareness on Climate Change and Health: San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County (SLO) is in the Central Coast Region with just under 300,000 residents. Climate change is projected to increase the risk of heat waves, air pollution, wildfires, water insecurity, economic pressure from damage to agriculture industry, severe storms, and flooding from sea level rise and storm surges.