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Climate Change Reports and Case Studies

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Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC is a scientific body under the United Nations. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C

One Story: A Report of the First Peoples Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement
In October 2018, over sixty representatives of First and Indigenous communities met in Girdwood, Alaska, for a first-of-its-kind gathering: the First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement. Representatives came from Alaska, Louisiana, Washington, Bangladesh, and the Pacific. The group met for three days to power-fully share the ways in which rapid climate change is impacting their communi-ties and traditional ways of life, share traditional knowledge and practices, and begin to develop a collective vision for the future. Participants were all representatives of First Peoples and Indigenous Peoples who face the threat of displacement by slow-onset changes to their ancestral and traditional lands.

https:// www.uusc.org/ wp-content/uploads/ 2019/04/ UUSC_Report_ ALASKA_web_ 2april.pdf
Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation
Co-published by UNESCO and UNU, references 280 publications from the scientific literature and covers themes at the core of the Fifth IPCC assessment report, such as foundations for decision-making on indigenous knowledge, traditional livelihoods, vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation policy and planning.

http://unesdoc. unesco.org/ images/0021/002166 /216613E.pdf


U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) Reports
The National Climate Assessments are comprehensive reports, published approximately every four years, discussing climate change and its impacts in the United States, now and in the future. The assessments contain chapters on the latest climate science as well as chapters on regional and sectoral impacts and adaptation actions underway. The third NCA, completed in 2014, and the fourth NCA, completed in 2018, also contain chapters specific to Tribes and Indigenous Peoples. We’re including links to both the third and fourth NCAs here because they build on one another and contain somewhat different but complimentary information.

In addition, as part of the fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a glossary of Indigenous Peoples Terminology was developed. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Resilience Program also created an interactive U.S. Indigenous Peoples Resilience Actions map to highlight planning, adaptation, monitoring, governance, and youth/Traditional Ecological Knowledge actions been undertaken by Indigenous peoples throughout the U.S. A feedback form on the site allows Tribes to submit new actions for inclusion in the map.

U.S. Global Change Research Program: Climate and Health 2016 Assessment
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment has been developed to enhance understanding and inform decisions about the growing threat of climate change to the health and well-being of residents of the United States.

SCAN: Science for Climate Action Network
The report is based on ideas and inputs from state, local, and tribal officials, researchers in all areas of climate science, experts in non-governmental and community-based organizations, professionals in engineering, architecture, public health, adaptation, and other areas.

2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2)
The goal of the second (2018) State of the Carbon Cycle Report was to summarize scientific understanding of the U.S. and North American carbon cycle stocks and fluxes. Various chapters focus on carbon stocks and fluxes in soils, waters including oceans, vegetation, estuaries and wetlands, agriculture, forests, and human settlements. Chapter 7 focuses on Tribal Lands.

ITEP Tribal Profiles
ITEP’s Tribal Profiles are from a tribal perspective that represent a small percentage of tribes actively working to address climate change issues.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit – Case Studies
These case studies highlight tribes and others who are taking action to assess their vulnerabilities and build resilience to climate-related impacts.
University of Oregon Tribal Climate Change Project Tribal Profiles
The Tribal Climate Change Profiles are intended to be a pathway to increasing knowledge among tribal and non-tribal organizations interested in learning about climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.


California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment
California’s Climate Change Assessments (2018) contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions, while also directly informing State policies, plans, programs, and guidance, to promote effective and integrated action to safeguard California from climate change.

Montana Climate Assessment
The 2017 Montana Climate Assessment focused on three sectors that Montana stakeholders identified as important: water, forests, and agriculture. The MCA found that all three of these sectors have experienced impacts from climate change over the last half century. In addition to exploring how the past climate has changed and its effects on Montana, the MCA explored how future projected climate change would also affect water, forests, and agriculture across the state. The overall objective of the MCA is to inform Montanans about the state’s changing climate so that they can better plan for the future.


Colorado River Basin Ten Tribes Partnership
Tribal Water Study Report

The Study documents how Partnership Tribes currently use their water, projects how future water development could occur, and describes the potential effects of future tribal water development on the Colorado River System. The Study also identifies challenges related to the use of tribal water and explores opportunities that provide a wide range of benefits to both Partnership Tribes and other water users.