Reef Resilience Network Toolkit

Location

Reef Resilience Network
74 Wall St.
98121 Seattle , WA
United States
47° 36' 50.5512" N, 122° 20' 58.614" W
Washington US
Tool Overview: 

The Reef Resilience Network Toolkit provides marine managers and practitioners with easy access to the latest science and strategies and networking opportunities to help them better manage and protect coral reefs, reef fisheries, and associated marine habitats. Created and updated by global experts, the Toolkit features:

LANDFIRE

Tool Overview: 

LANDFIRE is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, and The Nature Conservancy to produce seamless national mapping products that inform conservation and land management. It comprises a collection of data, ecological models and tools representing vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics for the United States and insular islands.

Plan or React? Analysis of Adaptation Costs and Benefits Using Integrated Assessment Models

Financing for adaptation is a core element in the ongoing international negotiations on climate change. This has motivated a number of recent global estimates of adaptation costs. While important from an agenda setting perspective, many of these estimates nevertheless have a number of limitations. They are typically static (i.e. estimated for one specific year), do not differentiate between investments in various types of adaptation or quantify the resulting benefits, and are delinked from policies and investments in greenhouse gas mitigation.

This report examines adaptation and mitigation within an integrated framework. global and regional costs of adaptation are assessed dynamically and the resulting benefits are also quantified.

Climate: Opportunities for Improving Engagement Between NOAA and the US National Security Community

Six themes emerge from a workshop that discussed potential new climate products and services from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that could serve needs in the national security community. These themes are the following:

  1. Prepare and respond to climate variability and adapt to climate change.
  2. Develop climate change predictions endorsed by the federal government.
  3. Support national security with NOAA climate products.
  4. Move from data access to data application.
  5. Sustain cooperation.
  6. Consider emerging product areas.

The first theme addresses published statements that imply adaptation to climate variability will help to adapt to climate change. This is not always true. A counterexample is coastal adaptation now in an area that a rising sea level will inundate soon. Greater clarity can help ensure appropriate allocation of adaptation resources. This issue is important to the national defense community both because of its large investment in infrastructure and possible compromise of continuity of operations.The second theme responds to the lack of any official federal statement of what projected climate changes agencies are obliged to consider in adaptation plans. Such plans are required by laws and regulations that do not stipulate which potential changes to consider. This disconnect could compromise national security planning.NOAA produces an official forecast of climate for the United States that extends to 1 year in the future. Forecasts are available from NOAA international desks for areas outside the United States. Theme 3 proposes a dialogue on greater use of NOAA products outside the United States.New software, new media, and new hardware offer opportunities for NOAA to develop better ways to access data that would nurture greater use. Users also need tools (“apps”) for deeper and more efficient analysis of existing data. Theme 4 shows how NOAA could partner with the national security community to address both of these opportunities.Effective use of the climate products and services NOAA now provides can be enhanced through a program that facilitates more productive interaction with the national security community. Such interaction can identify, develop, and apply useful products and services. Theme 5 lays the groundwork for effective partnership dealing with the long-term challenges that climate change poses to US national security.Theme 6 describes several opportunities for early focus. Two are ripe for early action. First, NOAA could use the existing official long-term forecast to develop predictions of active layer thickness in permafrost within Alaska. This information can help protect energy supplies and improve planning for military mobility in Arctic regions. Second, NOAA could work in cooperation with the Naval Oceanographic Office to calculate estimates of tidal range with higher sea level. Such information informs the vulnerability of coastal military installations.These six opportunities could allow NOAA to better serve the needs of the country and NOAA’s mission to “understand and predict changes in climate.” Together, they could help the national security community respond to challenges from climate variability and climate change.

LMI-CliCKE (Climate Change Knowledge Engine)

Tool Overview: 

LMI is a not-for-profit strategic consultancy for the public sector. The CliCKE (Climate Change Knowledge Engine) is a collaborative effort of many LMI research staff over the past several years with the goal of providing meaningful and comprehensive access to the otherwise nearly impenetrable literature on climate change. In this initial version we concentrate on the findings about climate change that are presented in the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

NEclimateUS.org

Location

United States
39° 23' 37.518" N, 75° 35' 9.3768" W
US
Tool Overview: 

NEclimateUS.org (a.k.a. 'NExUS') is a searchable online database that provides a gateway to climate information for the Eastern US, Atlantic Canada and the maritime region known as the Northwest Atlantic.

NExUS summarizes available data, tools, plans and reports; climate-related organizations; ongoing projects; and needs for climate information identified largely in publications. This search tool for regional climate information seeks to foster collaborative opportunities for climate-related work in the Eastern US and Atlantic Canada.

Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning

Cities around the world are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for greater variability in temperature, precipitation and natural disasters expected to take place as a result of global climate change. In recent years, numerous reports and manuals have been written and networks formed to offer guidance and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. However, since systematic studies have not been conducted, the information and methods being disseminated often are based on the efforts of a limited number of cities and wisdom drawn from experience in other domains. To gain insight into the status of adaptation planning globally, approaches cities around the world are taking, and challenges they are encountering, a survey was sent to communities that are members of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.

The Urban Climate Adaptation Planning report examines a multitude of approaches to adaptation planning in numerous different cities and urban settings. Along with tests of climate risk and vulnerabilities and explaining modern challenges to adaptation planning, the authors include comprehensive charts and graphs to properly display an informational and interesting report.

Adapting Tropical Production Forests to Global Climate Change: Risk Perceptions and Actions

As sustainable forest management is threatened by climate change, adaptation measures may be needed to maintain the productive capacity of tropical forests. Yet the extent to which foresters across the tropics implement adaptation actions in anticipation to climate change impacts remains largely unexplored. In this paper, an assessment of the perceptions of climate risks and the implementation of adaptation actions by forest managers and decision makers dealing with natural and planted tropical forests destined for production purposes is presented. An electronic questionnaire was disseminated globally during 2009, and 152 responses were received from Africa, the Americas, and Asia and the Pacific. Respondents perceived that natural and planted forests are at risk from being affected by climate change. However, they seemed ambivalent when asked if investing in adaptation was currently justified. The results of this survey provide initial insights into how climate considerations are being anticipated in tropical forest management and planning yet further examination at the national and local levels is warranted on how foresters, including those from the tropics, perceive climate change risks and handle current uncertainties in order to take action. The fact that climate change ranked below other threats to forests such as commercial agriculture and unplanned logging nevertheless suggests that long-term forest planning and management is not perceived by respondents as viable given other major drivers of forest loss and degradation.

 

Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

Developed cooperatively by DWR, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Legacy Fund, and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning. Key decision considerations, resources, tools, and decision options are presented that will guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate.

The handbook uses DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning framework as a model into which analysis of climate change impacts and planning for adaptation and mitigation can be integrated.

The Handbook includes:

  • The science of climate change, tools and links;
  • Evaluating the energy-water connection and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Assessing regional vulnerability to climate change;
  • Measuring regional impacts;
  • Evaluating projects, resource management strategies, and Integrated Regional Water Management Plans with respect to climate change;
  • Implementing and quantifying uncertainty; and
  • Case studies illustrating a range of climate change adaptation and mitigation issues within and outside of California.