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Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources (SAP 4.4)

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EPA has announced the final report entitled, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources . This Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4 (SAP 4.4) analyzes information on the state of knowledge of adaptation options for key, representative ecosystems and resources that may be sensitive to climate variability and change.

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Background

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Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources document The SAP 4.4 has been prepared by a team of experts from academia, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in response to the mandate of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s Strategic Plan (2003). This report examines (1) the combined effects on ecosystems of climate changes and non-climate stressors, and consequent implications for achieving specific management goals; (2) adaptation approaches that reduce the risk of negative impacts on management goals; and (3) ways to overcome barriers or take advantage of opportunities to improve the likelihood of successful adaptation implementation. Through the provision of this information, the desired outcome of this report is an enhanced adaptive capacity to respond to future changes in climate.

This SAP, complies with the requirements of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The implementation of this Act is under the the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), the forerunner to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, to which EPA is a partner agency. There are 21 mandated SAPs, with NCEA's Global Change Assessment Staff taking the lead on this report. This effort is coordinated with the USGCRP Interagency Committee and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

History/Chronology

Jun 2006Draft prospectus released along with an invitation for public review and comment.
Jul 2006Final prospectus is issued along with comments on the draft prospectus.
May 2007Establishment of the Adaptation for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Advisory Committee (ACSERAC), as posted in a May 10, 2007 Federal Register Notice.
Aug 2007USGCRP releases a Public Comment Draft along with an invitation for public review and comment.
Feb 2008EPA releases a Final (Third) Draft along with an invitation for public review and comment.
Jun 2008EPA releases the final report. Simultaneously, USGCRP released the SAP 4.4 Final Report as well.

Next Steps

This is the final report.

Citation

USGCRP. Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources (SAP 4.4). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 2008.

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