Good ideas, like water on stairs, flow. This page is a simple, edited, and personal set of arbitrary links to sites that have seemed interesting and useful for the theme of water and climate. Suggestions for additions are most welcome!
Education Sites on Climate Change Adaptation
- The University of Copenhagen, University of California at Berkeley, and Australian National University have developed an online course on impacts, adaptation, and mitigation.
- Columbia University’s Earth Institute has workshops and internships on climate change adaptation on their “Education Events” and “Education News” site.
- The Stockholm Environmental Institute runs workshops and programs on adaptation and vulnerability assessment.
Eco-hydrology Jobs Sites
- http://www.gethydrologyjobs.com. An online community for hydrology professionals seeking employment or places to list open positions.
- The American Water Works Association has a job center as well: www.awwa.org/careercenter
Water and Adaptation Networks
Climate 1-Stop. A non-denominational climate adaptation site with a strong focus on economic development, sponsored by US AID.
WaterWiki.net. A site focusing on all types of water issues, run by UN Water, a consortium of about two dozen United Nations branches and agencies that touch on water issues.
Climate.gov. A site operated by the US government agency NOAA to provide climate and climate change data for adaptation professionals.
ClimateChange.dk. Developed by the Danish government in Danish and English, this is an excellent resource site, with a strong water element.
New Journals on Water and Climate
ClimatePrep.org. A general-audience climate adaptation magazine to tell the stories of adaptation on the ground and through thought leaders in the field.
Journal of Water and Climate
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management
Disaster Prevention and Management Foresight
Climate and Development
Tiempo Climate Newswatch
- The Dutch Portal to International Hydrology is an excellent resource for global water issues, with climate a very palpable theme here. The supporting partners are very good.
- SouthwestClimateChange.org is a super site discussing climate shifts in the southwestern arid and semi-arid parts of North America.
- Circle of Blue — probably the best one-stop water news site on the web
- African Woman in Conservation — a lovely blog by a colleague in east Africa, with a strong water-based conservation and development theme
- Dartmouth Flood Observatory — a very interesting site that looks at where and when floods occur globally, including climate change impacts on flooding
- WaterWired — a great site on many water-related issues. Also derived from Corvallis, Oregon.
- Waterblogged — an extremely comprehensive site on a wide range of water issues
- Oregon State — Several academic talks that involve water and climate change are available for streaming here
- African Water — water and climate change in Africa (including a page on the effects of climate change on water resources generally)
- Water in Australia — an NGO focused on Australian water issues
- Columbia Water Center — a center at Columbia University in the U.S. focused on water policy and science, with good material on the developing world
- WorldWater — the site of the Pacific Institute, an organization associated with Peter Gleick, perhaps the best-known advocate of sustainable water policy in our time
- The World Resources Institute has a good reference site with maps and recent data on water resources and ecosystem health
- WaterConserve — a wide-ranging site largely focused on freshwater conservation, that brings in climate issues as well
- EcoEarth — affiliated, I believe, with WaterConserve, but bringing in a broader perspective on environmental and conservation issues — again with climate and water as regular topics
- OOSKAnews is a weekly water news site. Many abstracted stories on water and climate from a broad range of sources.
- WaterChannel.tv is a relatively recent site, with a section of short climate-related videos.
- The Compleat Wetlander — brought to you by ASWM, this blog focuses on a lot of wetlands issues, mostly from a North American perspective
- The Reef Tank — A blog that largely focuses on marine issues but includes sections on climate change and freshwater as well.
- Dauria Rivers is a wonderful site about freshwater conservation in the region spanning Mongolia, Russia, and China.
- TNC's Virtual Freshwater Conference — available online 24/7! The Nature Conservancy with support from WWF ran a Virtual Freshwater Conference between December 2008 and May 2009. The conference included 29 sessions, 75 speakers, and over 1500 participants from 23 countries and 48 US states. Recorded sessions and the conference program are still available at http://conserveonline.org/workspaces/vfc.
Water & Climate
- DAPA (Decision and Policy Analysis) has a Latin American–focused blog (in English) that targets adaptation from an agro-ecosystem perspective.
- H2OonCoast is a Pacific Northwest blog that explores the linkages between communities, climate change, water resoures, and Pacific Northwest of North America. An excellent regional blog.
- Nature — one of the world’s leading science journals — prepared a special 2002 issue on the challenges surrounding water and climate worth looking over.
- WWF has two good sites. The UK site has a set of excellent pdf pubs on a wide range of freshwater issues, and they’ve posted a video on water issues (marginally including climate) on an independent water site. The US site is more news-oriented.
- IPCC freshwater report — an excellent 2008 report, but also a big PDF download
- The IUCN has a good set of basic documents on water, water and climate, environmental flows, allocation and development, and freshwater conservation issues
- Climate-and-Freshwater — an interesting, more technically oriented site that looks at climate change impacts and cases from a European and water monitoring perspective. A good place for to start for European water professionals.
- IWMI is one of the world’s leading water management consulting organizations, primarily based in Sri Lanka. They have an interesting water and climate atlas.
- CoastalResilience.org focuses on estuarine and coastal-marine climate issues, with a strong mapping component. I believe TNC and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are the sponsors.
Water Policy & Law
- Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) on water management — a plucky UK-based organization that represents and connects a massive variety of water-sector (or just water interested) groups
- International Water Law — Much of the water policy on the web is very nation-centric. But this is a leading expert on the topic, with a strong interest in transboundary water issues
- The Natural Heritage Institute — An excellent organization that works extensively in North America, South Asia, and Africa on water policy
- The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is, somewhat like GPPN, a network of networks focused on water issues. Their site has a large body of policy and technical documents. Perhaps the best place to start is the Dublin Statements and Principles, which have had a critical role in water policy for 20 years.
- Aguanomics is a great blog on the intersection of water, policy, and finance. Very relevant in the run-up to the 2009 UNFCCC CoP.
- The Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, USA, has a growing interest in transboundary water and climate adaptation issues.
Weather & Climate
- ESRI has created as site with downscaled climate models set as spatial files. Conservation International and TNC have prepared similar conservation-oriented sites.
- ClimateImpacts.org — an excellent site by a friend and colleague in the NGO world now but who knows intimately the good and bad of climate change mitigation and adaptation issues within the U.S. government
- ClimateScienceWatch.org — a site put together by a climate scientist embroiled in a scandal similar to what engulfed NASA’s Jim Hansen
- RealClimate — a site that provides a good overview of anthropogenic climate change and specifically includes rebuttals to a variety of arguments that climate skeptics have made
- PewClimate — a nonpartisan group that has been involved for some time on climate change issues from a policy and public awareness/survey perspective and in commissioning reports on the best-available science on a variety of topics.
- ClimateChangeTriage — a nice mix of policy and science on a wide variety of climate-related topics
- Climate Ark — very good news site for climate change issues
- Global Leadership for Climate Action — an NGO sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and the Club of Madrid. They have a strong adaptation focus.
- Tiempo Climate is a mixture of two sites: an information portal and a climate news service, both mixing adaptation and mitigation, with a regular print journal associated with the site. Tiempo Climate is put together by the University of East Anglia in the UK, the Stockholm Environmental Institute, and the International Institute for the Environment and Development.
- PAGES is a scientific site focused on paleo-climate. PAGES is a great organization.
- GCCA (or Global Campaign for Climate Action) is an excellent resource for information on international mitigation and adaptation efforts, with a strong emphasis on moving towards a strong climate mitigation treaty in Copenhagen in December 2009.
- Another activist site is the ClimateWitness “channel” on YouTube.com, which focuses on how climate change impacts affect real people globally and progress on climate change mitigation policy efforts. Updates regularly.
Wetlands & Climate Change
ASWM — this association keeps an excellent record of scientific, gray lit, and media sources on how wetlands are bing affected by climate change. They have an excellent blog too called the Compleat Wetlander, which often discusses climate adaptation and change. They put together an interesting set of recommendations for climate-adaptive management of wetlands here.
Pacific Institute — a searchable database of articles on freshwater and climate change.
Oregon, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., western North America, & Climate Change
— The current governor of Oregon recently compiled a site to show some of the realized and potential impacts on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, as well as policy approaches to mitigation and climate adaptation at the regional, state, and local level.
— H2OonCoast is a Pacific Northwest blog that explores the linkages between communities, climate change, water resoures, and Pacific Northwest of North America. An excellent regional blog.
— A new report on biological impacts from climate change for the Pacific Northwest has recently been posted. It looks very promising and useful.
— A great set of resources on climate change and western water, especially the Colorado River
— A 2009 adaptation plan for Oregon put together by committee of state and non-state personnel. The main report, an atlas, and the methods/data.