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State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries

State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries

State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) queried the 50 states for information on any wetland-related climate change adaptation efforts they have initiated as of 2010. Since the term ‘global warming’ first appeared in scientific literature in 1975, human understanding of our role in the greater ecological system has rapidly evolved.  The scientific consensus is that the planet is warming, and that human activity is (at least) partially to blame.  This consensus also holds that the warming trend will have profound adverse impacts on many species, habitats and human systems. What silver linings are presented by current projections, such as increased opportunity for agriculture in presently colder climate zones, will likely be realized at the cost of many natural resources, already strained. There are a number of efforts underway to lessen the extent to which human activity contributes to climate change.  Many states have sought ways to reduce greenhouse gases, implementing things such as emissions standards, energy portfolios, and carbon reduction targets.

Planning and adjustments to states’ coastal management programs should be evaluated and implemented.  Such changes are known as adaptation.  Changes in temperature and precipitation as well as the timing and intensity of flooding and drought will also require adaptive measures in the interior of the United States.  Collectively these changes can be expected to have a significant impact on wetland resources.  For the 2010 full report, click here. For technical information on how to use these webpages, click here.

These summaries are updated on an ongoing basis as information about new tools and adaptation planning becomes available for each state. These summaries have been updated in 2013.

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Wetlands are a profoundly diverse category of ecosystems. Climate change impacts will be different from one state to another. In addition, states vary in the activities they have undertaken in response to climate change, to date. In order to help users find the most relevant data, ASWM has categorized state actions and perceived threats from climate change. These categories are symbolized at the top of each state’s summary page as in the legend below:















Threats


The top line of icons represents the threats from climate change identified by the state.
Below is a list of states that face the same threat or are engaged in the same activity. Click on a state to view the state summary. Click on a symbol within a state summary to navigate to a list of state(s) facing that same threat.






Threat from sea level rise




Alabama


Mississippi
Alaska


New Hampshire
California


New Jersey
Connecticut


New York
Delaware


North Carolina
Florida


Oregon
Georgia


Rhode Island
Hawaii


South Carolina
Louisiana


Texas
Maine


Virginia
Maryland


Washington
Massachusetts















Threat to water supply or
water quality

Alabama


New Jersey
Arizona


Nevada
California


New Hampshire
Colorado


New Mexico
Connecticut


North Carolina
Delaware


North Dakota
Florida


Ohio
Georgia


Oklahoma
Hawaii


Oregon
Idaho


Pennsylvania
Illinois


Rhode Island
Indiana


South Carolina
Iowa


South Dakota
Kansas


Texas
Maine


Utah
Michigan


Vermont
Minnesota


West Virginia
Mississippi


Washington
Missouri


Wisconsin
Montana


Wyoming
Nebraska




















Threat from storm surge/weather events


Threat from storm
surge/weather events




Alabama


Missouri
Alaska


Montana
California


New Hampshire
Colorado


New Jersey
Connecticut


New York
Florida


North Carolina
Georgia


North Dakota
Hawaii


Ohio
Idaho


Oklahoma
Illinois


Oregon
Indiana


Pennsylvania
Iowa


Rhode Island
Kansas


South Dakota
Louisiana


Tennessee
Maine


Vermont
Maryland


Virginia
Massachusetts


Wisconsin
Mississippi
















Threat from drought


Threat from drought




Colorado


North Carolina
Connecticut


Oklahoma
Idaho


Oregon
Iowa


South Dakota
Kansas


Tennessee
Minnesota


Texas
Missouri


Utah
Montana


Wisconsin
Nebraska


Wyoming
Nevada












Threat to wildlife or habitat


Threat to wildlife or habitat




Alabama


Montana
Alaska


Nebraska
Arizona


New Hampshire
Arkansas


New Jersey
California


New Mexico
Connecticut


New York
Delaware


North Carolina
Florida


North Dakota
Georgia


Ohio
Hawaii


Oklahoma
Idaho


Oregon
Illinois


Pennsylvania
Indiana


Rhode Island
Iowa


South Dakota
Kansas


Tennessee
Kentucky


Texas
Louisiana


Utah
Maine


Vermont
Maryland


Virginia
Massachusetts


Washington
Michigan


West Virginia
Minnesota


Wisconsin
Mississippi


Wyoming
Missouri





















State Actions


The bottom line of icons represents the types of actions taken by the state in response to those threats.
Below is a list of states that face the same threat or are engaged in the same activity. Click on a state to view the state summary. Each state summary will include links to other states that also face the same threat or are engaged in the same activities.


Adaptation planning in progress


Adaptation planning in progress



Arkansas

New Jersey
Idaho

New York
Iowa

Oregon
Massachusetts

Pennsylvania
New Hampshire

Rhode Island







Adaptation planning completed


Adaptation planning completed


Kansas









Adaptation planning includes wetlands


Adaptation planning includes
wetlands

Alaska

Vermont
Connecticut

Washington
Maine

Wisconsin
Minnesota









Completed plan includes wetlands


Completed plan includes wetlands



California

Florida
Colorado

Maryland







Studies in progress


Studies in progress



California

Kansas
Delaware

Maryland
Florida

Minnesota
Hawaii

Montana
Idaho

Oklahoma
Iowa

Wisconsin







Studies completed


Studies completed



Delaware









State is engaged in monitoring


State is engaged in monitoring



Arizona

Minnesota
Delaware

Vermont
Maine

Wisconsin
Massachusetts









Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:33