The Carrboro-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina has experienced several severe droughts, is experiencing steady population and economic growth, and may also experience increased flooding and more severe droughts as a result of climate change.
The Town of Cary, North Carolina, recently completed an update to its Long-Range Water Resources Plan. The plan update incorporates a probability-based look at how various factors influence water supply, such as population growth and climate variability.
The City of Oakdale, Minnesota received funding in 2017 to conduct a vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning project. The Population Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Framework report includes a review of past and projected climate change impacts, and the identification of community vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies.
In January 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved the Florida Coastal Management Program’s (FCMP) Coastal Zone Enhancement Grant (Section 309), which supported the statewide Community Resiliency Initiative, coordinated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Center for Resilient Cities (CRC) is expanding its healthy food access programs to include fruit trees that can thrive in changing hardiness zones as well as raised garden bed structures to assist in soil conservation, weed and pest control, and water retention.
The four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team are coordinating the creation of a Community of Practice of extension, outreach, and education professionals around climate change issues.
An increasingly common post-disaster mitigation approach, home buyout programs are generally intended to reduce vulnerability to future disasters. However, to date, there has been virtually no quantitative evaluation of whether or not coastal buyout programs are successful in reducing vulnerability.
To help survey and assess the vulnerability of British Columbia lands to climate change, the BC Ministry of Environment has used GIS technology to create sensitivity maps of the Province. These projects have been conducted in collaboration with students at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC under the mentorship of Ministry of Environment staff.
The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group (WWHCWG) is developing a plan that will identify opportunities and priorities for conserving and restoring wildlife habitat connectivity throughout Washington State.
Oyster reef habitat has disappeared from much of the Gulf Coast. These reefs absorb wave energy, protecting shorelines from erosion and providing habitat for a variety of wildlife. The Nature Conservancy in Alabama conducted a project to restore this habitat to two tracts of shoreline in Mobile County.
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is charged with regulating activities, including planning and development, along the state’s coastline. In January 2008, the CRMC adopted Section 145 of their Coastal Resources Management Program, which specifically addresses climate change and sea level rise.
The National Park Service (NPS), along with the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), are undertaking a cooperative study to track a small number of moose in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota using global positioning system (GPS) collars.
The Many Strong Voices Programme (MSV) was created in 2005 and brings together indigenous people, community organizations, policy makers, and NGOs to promote the well-being of Arctic coastal communities by taking action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to give them a voice on the world stage.
The Local Climate Change Visioning Project provides a participatory, scenario-based lens through which decision makers and planners can examine climate change impacts and develop policy responses at a local level in British Columbia, Canada. The project aims to facilitate connections between scientists and policy makers in addressing global climate change impacts.
The Native Village of Shishmaref is located on Sarichef Island in the Chukchi Sea. This barrier island is highly vulnerable to coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, and flooding. Relocation efforts have been underway since 2001; a lack of funding has delayed the process and the people and infrastructure remain at risk.
The National Park Service (NPS) manages about 7,500 miles of shoreline in its various units throughout the United States. Since 2001, the NPS Geologic Resources Division has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct sea level rise and lake level change hazard assessments for 23 coastal NPS sites.
According to ClimateBC projections, the Xeni Gwet’in Caretaker Area (XGCA) can expect to see increased warming (~+2.5°C) and precipitation (~+104 mm) by 2050. Seasonally, most of the temperature increase will occur in the winter and spring and most of the precipitation increase will occur during the fall and winter, with summers becoming drier overall.
At the core of a 300,000-acre watershed southeast of Tucson, Arizona’s Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA) , includes nearly 50,000 acres of public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).