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Climate Change and Health: A Tool to Estimate Health and Adaptation

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The WHO Regional Office for Europe prepared this economic analysis tool to support health adaptation planning in European Member States. It is based on a review of the science. It is expected to be applied in Member States mainly by line ministries responsible for climate change adaptation. It provides step-by-step guidance on estimating (a) the costs associated with damage to health due to climate change, (b) the costs for adaptation in various sectors to protect health from climate change and (c) the efficiency of adaptation measures, i.e.

Informing Plans for Managing Resources of Cape Lookout National Seashore under Projected Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Associated Impacts: Stakeholder Studies Synthesis Report

This report synthesizes select findings from four separate stakeholder studies aimed at documenting preferences for adapting cultural resources at Cape Lookout National Seashore. The four stakeholder studies included: (1) on-site structured interviews with park visitors, (2) interviews with community members, (3) online survey questionnaires with members of Cape Lookout National Seashore partner organizations, and (4) an online survey with cultural resource management and historic preservation experts.

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

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The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment. Integrated ocean information is available in near real time, as well as retrospectively. Easier and better access to this information is improving our ability to understand and predict coastal events - such as storms, wave heights, and sea level change. Such knowledge is needed for everything from retail to development planning.

Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience: Legal, Policy, and Regulatory Assessment Guide

The following “Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience: Legal, Policy, Regulatory Assessment Identifying Options for Advancement of Natural/Green Infrastructure Projects and Improve Resilience in Coastal Municipalities” guide is part of a larger project to assess and advance opportunities to reduce risk from large-scale storm events, increase the viability and resiliency of natural ecosystems in the project area, and initiate a Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience across ten coastal municipalities in Southern Connecticut.

Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience Final Report

In the aftermath of Tropical Storms Irene and Sandy, the population centers of Greater New Haven and Bridgeport (Fairfield east to Madison – Fairfield and New Haven County) collectively recognized a significant level of exposure and vulnerability to the infrastructure, environment, and socio-economic assets from extreme weather events and a changing climate. To counteract immediate and longer-term risks and broaden dialogue on community resilience building, the Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience project was launched.

The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCog) is a multi-discipline, regional planning organization with six member communities — Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull — centered on the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is a public agency with representatives from twenty-two towns, cities, and boroughs, formed to provide a basis for intergovernmental cooperation in dealing with a wide range of issues. The Council was organized in October of 1992, taking over the mission of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (SCRPA), which had been in existence since January 1961.  

South Florida Rising Tides: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

This case study was developed in 2015 as part of the of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. In this case study, all students assume the role of a concerned citizen scientist living in one of four south Florida counties. Each student is assigned to a county/city committee and to one of three stakeholder perspectives – water managers, residents, and business leaders.

Can Land Management Buffer Impacts of Climate Changes and Altered Fire Regimes on Ecosystems of the Southwestern United States?

Climate changes and associated shifts in ecosystems and fire regimes present enormous challenges for the management of landscapes in the Southwestern US. A central question is whether management strategies can maintain or promote desired ecological conditions under projected future climates. We modeled wildfire and forest responses to climate changes and management activities using two ecosystem process models: FireBGCv2, simulated for the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, and LANDIS-II, simulated for the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona.

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