Case Studies

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  • Climate Science
  • Communications
  • Watershed Investment
  • Adaptation
CMIP5: What’s New and How to Integrate it Into Your Planning Process

Many western water managers have been using the CMIP3 downscaled climate projections to plan for the effects of climate change on their water systems. Now that the CMIP5 projections have been released

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Embrace Climate Uncertainty and Implement No-Regrets Solutions with Scenario Planning

While downscaled projections have their place in preparing for climate change, some significant climate uncertainties will not be reduced before decisions need to be made, such as those related to fut

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Effective Messaging: Communicating Nature's Benefits

Recent communications research has revealed a growing public awareness of the economic benefits of preserving and restoring key ecosystems to protect water supplies. In the Academy’s April 30, 2013

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Avoided Costs: The Economics of Watershed Restoration

Forested headwaters are the source of much of the West’s drinking water. Protecting and restoring these watersheds makes economic sense, especially in forests prone to catastrophic wildfire, as many

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Effective Messaging: Communicating Nature's Benefits

Recent communications research has revealed a growing public awareness of the economic benefits of preserving and restoring key ecosystems to protect water supplies. In the Academy’s April 30, 2013

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Avoided Costs: The Economics of Watershed Restoration

Forested headwaters are the source of much of the West’s drinking water. Protecting and restoring these watersheds makes economic sense, especially in forests prone to catastrophic wildfire, as many

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Valuing a Watershed’s Natural Capital

The Academy’s June 21, 2012 webinar, with guests Rosalind Bark, Resource Ecological Specialist at Australia’s CSIRO Ecosystem Services and Karl Morgenstern, Drinking Water Source Protection Specia

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Avoided Costs: The Economics of Watershed Restoration

Forested headwaters are the source of much of the West’s drinking water. Protecting and restoring these watersheds makes economic sense, especially in forests prone to catastrophic wildfire, as many

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Valuing a Watershed’s Natural Capital

The Academy’s June 21, 2012 webinar, with guests Rosalind Bark, Resource Ecological Specialist at Australia’s CSIRO Ecosystem Services and Karl Morgenstern, Drinking Water Source Protection Specia

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How to Get Started on Your Vulnerability Assessment

In the Academy’s first webinar, we talked about the “Adaptation Bottleneck.” This phenomenon describes the challenges facing decision makers who have awareness of the broader impacts of climate

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Vulnerability Assessment Components and Approaches

Vulnerability assessments can help water managers understand what aspects of their system are at risk due to climate change and formulate a plan to manage those risks. The Academy’s September 20, 20

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Scoping for Adaptation

The first step towards implementing any climate assessment or adaptation project is determining project scope. While “climate change” is an extremely broad topic to tackle in a single project, a s

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Why Robust Decision Making Supports Risk Management and What You Can Do About It

When there is significant uncertainty about how the future might unfold, it can feel impossible to optimize your resource management plan. What works under one scenario might fail catastrophically und

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Embrace Climate Uncertainty and Implement No-Regrets Solutions with Scenario Planning

While downscaled projections have their place in preparing for climate change, some significant climate uncertainties will not be reduced before decisions need to be made, such as those related to fut

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