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Resources by Climate Change Region

This Web page provides numerous resources by geographical climate change region.

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Note: Several of the links listed below will take you to non-EPA websites. In doing so, EPA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, or applications. Exit EPA Disclaimer

Alaska

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy
The Center’s mission is to improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate.

Alaska Climate Science Center
The Alaska Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives for Alaska
Landscape conservation cooperatives are applied conservation science partnerships between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, states, tribes, non-governmental organizations, universities, and stakeholders within a geographically defined area. They are intended to be true cooperatives, formed and directed by their partner agencies and organizations.

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Great Lakes

Great Lakes Regional Collaboration
Great Lakes Regional Collaboration is a wide-ranging, cooperative effort to design and implement a strategy for the restoration, protection, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center
The Center aims to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region in the face of climate and social changes, and to improve the utility of scientific knowledge to decision-making.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed an action plan to implement the initiative.

Lake Superior Binational Forum
This forum is part of the broader Lake Superior Binational Program to Restore and Protect the Lake Superior Basin as agreed to by all state and provincial governments around Lake Superior as well as by the federal governments of Canada and the United States. The program is focused on the entire ecosystem of Lake Superior, its air, land, water, human life, and wildlife.

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Great Plains

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program
Since 1990, EPA Region 6 has been working in partnership with five federal natural resource agencies and the state of Louisiana on the CWPPRA Program, funded by several tax revenue streams. The CWPPRA interagency model ensures that multiple perspectives and priorities are brought to the table to develop diverse projects with broad support.

Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
The Great Plains LCC seeks to address critical science needs and gaps in the area and connect them to conservation practices on the ground, building synergies with efforts already underway.

Mountain-Prairie Region LCC
LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource management actions responding to climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes.

South Central Climate Science Center
The Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

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Midwest

Lake Superior Binational Forum
This forum—the Lake Superior public stakeholder group which helps the governments implement priority Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan actions—focuses on climate change adaptation measures.

Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP)
Federal, state, provincial, and tribal agencies consider climate change to be one of the major stressors on the Lake Superior ecosystem. Consequently, the LaMP agencies and other Lake Superior partners are developing an action plan that will recommend actions and activities to respond and adapt to climate change.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Midwest Region
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives provide scientific and technical support for conservation at “landscape” scales—the entire range of an identified priority species or groups of species.

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Montane

Mountain-Prairie Region Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource management actions responding to climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes.

North Central Climate Science Center
The Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Western Water Assessment
Using multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, hydrology, ecology,law, and policy, the Western Water Assessment works with decision-makers across the Intermountain West to produce policy-relevant information about climate variability and change.

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Northeast

Chesapeake Bay Program
Like countless other parts of the world, the Chesapeake region has begun to feel the effects of a changing climate. As warmer temperatures and higher sea levels are noted in the region, Bay scientists are working to understand the possible effects of these changes on the Bay and its watershed, including how; they may affect Bay restoration efforts already in progress.

Coastal Flooding in the Northeastern United States Due to Climate Change (PDF) (22 pp, 979K, About PDF)
A detailed assessment of coastal flooding in the northeastern United States.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
The Council was established in 1989 by the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to foster cooperative actions within the Gulf watershed. Its mission is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean
The ocean waters of the Mid-Atlantic, stretching from New York to Virginia,provide a wealth of economic and environmental services to local communities, states, and the nation. At the same time, the people of the Mid-Atlantic region are a significant force that influences our ocean and coastal environment.

Northeast Climate Science Center
The Northeast Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Northeast Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The Northeast Landscape Conservation Cooperative helps ensure that the right science is in the right places to support the most effective conservation of America's resources.

Northeast Regional Ocean Council
The Council is a state and federal partnership with the goal of engaging in regional protection and balanced use of ocean and coastal resources. Its coordinated approach reaches across state boundaries to find and implement solutions to the region’s most pressing ocean and coastal issues.

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Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands Climate Science Center
The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment
This program supports the efforts of Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated islands of the Pacific to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change in diverse island settings.

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Pacific Northwest

California Ocean Protection Council
After extensive public participation and close coordination with three federal co-leads from the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. EPA, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington released their Action Plan in July 2008.The Action Plan highlights two overarching actions: establish a national ocean trust fund and mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.

Climate Impacts Research Consortium
The Consortium focuses on providing information and tools for people making decisions about landscape and watershed management in a changing climate.

North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
Managing North Pacific natural resources and infrastructure in the face of climate change impacts and other landscape-scale stressors will be extremely challenging. The North Pacific LCC gives partners the critical bridge to link science and management to more effectively address these hurdles.

Northwest Climate Science Center
The Northwest Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

West Coast Governors’ Alliance on Ocean Health
On September 18, 2006, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington announced the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health. The Agreement (now called an Alliance) launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast, as called for in the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.

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Southeast

Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments
This organization works with stakeholders across North Carolina and South Carolina to incorporate climate information into resource management decisions.

Charlotte Harbor Climate Ready Estuaries Program
The U.S. EPA has selected Charlotte Harbor to be a case study for local action to protect sensitive coastal ecosystems and economies from the potential effects of climate change. This website describes the projects that the Program implemented.

Chesapeake Bay Program
Like countless other parts of the world, the Chesapeake region has begun to feel the effects of a changing climate. As warmer temperatures and higher sea levels are noted in the region, Bay scientists are working to understand the possible effects of these changes on the Bay and its watershed, including how they may affect Bay restoration efforts already in progress.

Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in Florida: An Update on the Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources (PDF) (36 pp, 6MB, About PDF)
The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council prepared this report to provide a foundation for discussions of the effects of sea-level rise on Florida’s ocean and coastal resources and to inform Floridians about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding sea-level rise and how it is likely to affect Florida. It provides important information for legislators, policymakers, governmental agencies, and members of the public who are working to address, or who are interested in, issues related to sea-level rise in Florida.

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program
Since 1990, U.S. EPA Region 6 has been working in partnership with five federal natural resource agencies and the State of Louisiana on the CWPPRA Program, funded by several tax revenue streams. The CWPPRA interagency model ensures that multiple perspectives and priorities are brought to the table to develop diverse projects with broad support.

Florida Ocean Council
The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council was created by the 2005 Legislature through the Oceans and Coastal Resources Act. The Council is charged each year with developing priorities for ocean and coastal research and establishing a statewide ocean research plan. The Council also coordinates public and private ocean research for more effective coastal management.

Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance
A program to increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, and sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership, initiated in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, intent on significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.

South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The Cooperative provides a broader geographic scale to respond to the effects of climate change and other critical challenges such as competition for water, wildlife disease, and exotic species invasion.

Southeast Climate Consortium
The SECC aims to use advances in climate sciences, including improved capabilities to forecast seasonal climate and long-term climate change, to provide scientifically sound information and decision support tools for agricultural ecosystems, forests and other terrestrial ecosystems, and coastal ecosystems of the southeastern United States.

Southeast Climate Science Center
The Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
This climate research initiative’s goal is to help communities better plan for weather and climate-related disasters in the southern United States, particularly in the face of a changing climate.

Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group
The Group is a collaboration of regional federal executives who lead agencies with natural resource conservation as part of their mission. The members are committed to the common purpose of fulfilling agency mandates in ways that promote conservation and restoration of important natural resources; wise management and sound stewardship of natural, biological, and cultural resources; and ecologically sustainable development.

The Effects of Climate Change on Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Resources (PDF) (40 pp, 780K, About PDF)
The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council prepared this report to provide a foundation for future discussions of the effects of global climate change on Florida’s ocean and coastal resources, and to inform Floridians about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change and how it is likely to affect Florida. It provides important information for legislators, policymakers, governmental agencies, and members of the public who are working to address, or who are interested in, issues related to climate change in Florida.

Gulf of Mexico Restoration Task Force
The Task Force has developed a restoration strategy that proposes a Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration agenda: define ecosystem restoration goals and describe milestones toward reaching those goals, consider existing research and ecosystem restoration planning efforts, identify major policy areas where coordinated actions between government agencies is needed, and evaluate existing research and monitoring programs and gaps in data collection.

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Southwest

California Ocean Protection Council
After extensive public participation and close coordination with three federal co-leads from the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. EPA, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington released their Action Plan in July 2008.The Action Plan highlights two overarching actions: establish a national ocean trust fund and mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.

California-Nevada Applications Program
The Program aims to work directly with users to develop and provide better climate information and forecasts for decision-makers in California, Nevada, and the surrounding region.

Climate Assessment for the Southwest
This program aims to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program
Since 1990, EPA Region 6 has been working in partnership with five federal natural resource agencies and the state of Louisiana on the CWPPRA Program, funded by several tax revenue streams. The CWPPRA interagency model ensures that multiple perspectives and priorities are brought to the table to develop diverse projects with broad support.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership, initiated in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, intent on significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.

Southwest Climate Science Center
The Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

West Coast Governors’ Alliance on Ocean Health
On September 18, 2006, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington announced the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health. The Agreement (now called an Alliance) launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast, as called for in the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.

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