Preparing for Climate Change in the Upper Willamette River Basin

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44° 24' 32.1588" N, 122° 32' 29.4144" W
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The Upper Willamette River Basin of western Oregon borders the Coast Mountain Range to the west and the headwaters of the Cascade Mountains to the east. The Basin encompasses nearly two million acres, 90% of which is forested. Climate change is likely to alter natural systems and resources of the Upper Willamette River Basin, subsequently affecting ecosystem services in the region.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning in San Luis Obispo County

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United States
35° 16' 57.9072" N, 120° 39' 34.6176" W
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Climate change is likely to affect natural and human systems in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County including impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, and tourism. The National Center for Conservation Science and Policy (now the Geos Institute), in partnership with the Local Government Commission, convened a series of workshops in SLO County to identify resources and populations that are most vulnerable to climate change and then to develop initial strategies to increase the capacity of human and natural systems to adapt to these changes.

Coastal Community Resilience in Maine

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United States
45° 22' 54.2424" N, 69° 3' 36.2124" W
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As part of its mission, Maine Sea Grant educates communities on important marine and coastal issues. This project was developed to 1) uncover the barriers that coastal property owners and officials are faced with in preparing for climate change and coastal hazards, and 2) encourage collaboration between stakeholders to create and implement responses.

Alaska’s Climate Change Strategy

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United States
65° 10' 14.6424" N, 151° 10' 18.75" W
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Alaska is in the process of creating a statewide Climate Change Strategy to guide its programs and policies. Under the leadership of the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet, different advisory groups have provided recommendations on potential responses to climate change, including those on mitigation and adaptation. Using these recommendations, the Sub-Cabinet will develop a Climate Change Strategy for consideration by the Governor.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations in the Rogue River Basin

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United States
42° 12' 24.552" N, 123° 22' 35.274" W
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Located in southwest Oregon, the Rogue River Basin consists of unique ecological areas and natural resources that provide important ecosystem services to the region. Climate change is likely to generate significant new stresses and exacerbate current stressors to water quantity and quality, species, habitats, and ecosystem processes of the Rogue Basin.

Adapting to Climate Change in Olympic National Forest

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United States
47° 42' 17.3988" N, 123° 34' 27.1884" W
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Olympic National Forest (ONF) is comprised of approximately 600,000 acres on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. The ONF Land Management Plan (OLMP), which is focused on maintaining biodiversity and restoring important habitats, acts as the guide for natural resource management activities in ONF. By promoting landscape diversity and biodiversity, the OLMP facilitates resilience and increases adaptive capacity. In addition to the OLMP, the U.S.

Preparing for Climate Change in the Klamath Basin

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United States
42° 13' 23.1384" N, 121° 48' 59.0616" W
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Located across southern Oregon and northern California, the Klamath Basin consists of unique ecological areas and natural resources that provide important ecosystem services to the region. Climate change impacts, such as warmer air temperatures and decreases in water levels, are likely to significantly affect natural systems and resources of the Klamath Basin.

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Hayward, California

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United States
37° 40' 7.7556" N, 122° 4' 50.8656" W
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The Hayward shoreline, located along east San Francisco Bay, is susceptible to inundation from wave action and flooding. Increasing sea level, which is predicted to rise by 16 inches in 2050 and 55 inches in 2100 in the bay, further threatens the area. To assess the impacts of anticipated sea level rise along the Hayward shoreline, the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) commissioned a study by an engineering consulting firm, Philip Williams and Associates (PWA), to evaluate vulnerable infrastructure and examine strategies to protect wetlands and shoreline development.

Preparing for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the California Coast

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United States
37° 21' 30.654" N, 122° 12' 42.8904" W
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The California coastline extends for more than 2,000 miles and is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards such as storms and extreme high tides that will be made worse by sea level rise. In 2003, the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program established the California Climate Change Research Center to sponsor climate change research focusing on regional and sectoral impacts.

Goleta Beach 2.0: Managed Retreat to Mitigate Coastal Erosion

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United States
34° 25' 0.9624" N, 119° 49' 51.222" W
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Goleta Beach State Park is located just north of Santa Barbara, California. Goleta Beach is a dynamic coastal system, with alternating patterns of accretion and erosion throughout its history. However, since the 1970s, it appears that Goleta Beach has eroded substantially, prompting Santa Barbara County to examine potential strategies to mitigate beach loss. In 2009, the Goleta Beach 2.0 Concept Planning Process (“Goleta Beach 2.0”) was established to reexamine managed retreat options for the park in order to mitigate coastal erosion.