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Engineer III

Southern California Desert Habitats - Climate Change Adaptation Actions Summary

This document represents an initial effort to identify adaptation actions fordesert habitats in southern California based on stakeholder input and existing information. Specifically, the information presented below comprises stakeholder input during a two-day adaptation workshop, peer-review comments and revisions, and relevant examples from the literature or other similar efforts. The aim of this document is to expand understanding of possible adaptation actions for southern California desert habitats in response to climate change.

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Southern California Desert Habitats - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Summary

This document represents an initial evaluation of vulnerability for desert habitats based on expert input and existing information. Specifically, the information presented below comprises habitat expert vulnerability assessment survey results and comments, peer- review comments and revisions, and relevant references from the literature. The aim of this document is to expand understanding of habitat vulnerability to changing climate conditions, and to provide a foundation for developing appropriate adaptation responses. 

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Southern California Climate Adaptation Project

Location

CA
United States
34° 21' 19.0908" N, 116° 54' 41.9544" W
California US
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The Southern California Climate Adaptation Project was initiated to improve understanding about the vulnerability of important southern California habitats to climate change and to develop adaptation strategies designed to reduce vulnerabilities and/or increase resilience of habitats. This project used a collaborative, stakeholder-driven process that involved soliciting input from land and resource managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and others from federal and state agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.

Preliminary Study of Climate Adaptation for the Statewide Transportation System in Arizona

This research study presents recommendations for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to continue working toward being more resilient, flexible, and responsive to the effects of global climate change. The main objectives were to identify key individuals within ADOT with decisionmaking authority relevant in incorporating climate change adaptation in planning, design, and operations; review literature and best practices for climate change adaptation as relevant to the desert Southwest; develop a research agenda for ADOT to further understand the impacts of climate change on the agency (including a knowledge-mapping exercise using an online survey questionnaire, structured interviews, and focus groups); and identify key areas for further research.

By initiating this study, there is already an internal interest and momentum at ADOT for climate adaptation planning. Without institutional support, however, it will be difficult to continue forward with the research agenda in a more extensive study. To move beyond a preliminary assessment, ADOT will have to find ways to bring its lessons learned to the forefront and into the national spotlight. This study reveals that ADOT already experiences extreme heat and dust storms, and thus it will be the first to develop tools and techniques that can be applied to other states and regions that will experience climate impacts that Arizona will face first. The study provides some recommendations for ADOT to tap into the national dialogue on climate adaptatio

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Chief Sustainability Strategist

Climate Change Scenario Planning Workshop: Joshua Tree National Park and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

This report summarizes the processes and outcome of a scenario planning workshop held in November 2007 at Joshua Tree National Park. It was produced by the National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis (NCLFA) at the University of Montana. Most of the content in the report was written by NCLFA staff, which organized and facilitated the pre-workshop exercises as well as the workshop itself. The workshop was conducted for the NPS using a task agreement through the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit at the University of Montana. Funding was provided by the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. The report reflects the major elements of the processes leading up to the workshop and the workshop results. It is intended to provide guidance on scenario planning with particular applications to resource management and to inform the development of scenario planning as tool for adaptation planning in the NPS. The report summarizes the processes and outcome of a scenario planning workshop held in November 2007 at Joshua Tree National Park. It was produced by the National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis(NCLFA) at the University of Montana. Most of the content in the report was written by NCLFA staff, which organized and facilitated the pre-workshop exercises as well as the workshop itself. The workshop was conducted for the NPS using a task agreement through the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit at the University of Montana. Funding was provided by the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. The report reflects the major elements of the processes leading up to the workshop and the workshop results. It is intended to provide guidance on scenario planning with particular applications to resource management and to inform the development of scenario planning as tool for adaptation planning in the NPS.