The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Jun 2015

#ClimateIsWater - Value of Coastal Watersheds, Living Shorelines, and Blue Carbon

In the sixth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Coordinator for Restore America's Estuaries (www.estuaries.org). This episode features Ms. Simpson discussing the value of coastal watersheds, living shorelines, and "blue carbon" in climate adaptation and mitigation. She also spends time discussing some of the problems facing coastal wetlands such as ocean acidification, habitat loss, and carbon emissions due to wetland degradation. Make sure to check out this episode and keep checking on the AGWA Blog and the #ClimateIsWater Vimeo Channel (vimeo.com/channels/918234) for future installments.

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Call for Abstracts: AGU Session on Integrated Observations and Modeling of Water Cycle (Variability) Extremes (WCEs)

Extremes in the water cycle are becoming more frequent and intense as the climate changes. Many of the impacts of these climate-related extremes are mediated through the water cycle. They are particularly important because of their large impacts on socio-economic structures/activities and on natural ecosystems. WCEs are at the center of changes in the water-food-energy-health-ecosystem nexus. They provide a cross-cutting focus for water cycle research and applications. Adequately characterizing WCEs (in space/time) is a challenge to both space-based and in-situ observing systems, and data assimilation/modeling systems. These topics will be discussed in a session at the AGU Conference taking place 14-18 December 2015 in San Francisco, CA, USA. Read More...
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WWF7 AGWA Panel Highlights

At the Seventh World Water Forum in South Korea, AGWA coordinated a thematic session on "Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation into Water Management, Planning, and Policy." It was co-convened by UNESCO-IHP. This video highlights a few of the panelists as they discuss a variety of climate adaptation issues. Featured panelists are Cees van de Guchte (Deltares), Christine Chan (AGWA), and Will Logan (USACE).

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Cresting Research: June 2015 Selected AGWA Reading

Bridging the gap between climate science and engineering practice

How can we balance future needs for engineered infrastructure with the risks posed by the effects of climate change on long-term engineering projects? How do engineers plan for the likely effects of climate change while acknowledging the uncertain nature of when, where, and how they will manifest? The second installment of “Cresting Research” (AGWA’s research spotlight) will focus on the technical requirements and civil engineering challenges raised by adaptation to a changing climate.
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