In 1997 President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore visited Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border. The lake’s famed clarity had been declining since the 1960s due to land conversion and development in the Basin – each additional square foot of coverage meant slightly more fine sediment being washed from roofs and pavement through the storm sewer system into the lake. Their visit triggered the launched of a joint federal-state-local government partnership called the Environmental Improvement Program. Since 1997 the EIP has invested over $2 billion in over 600 EIP projects.
On August 7, 2018, four American Senators (Dianne Feinstein, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Dean Heller, and Lisa Murkowski) hosted the 22nd annual summit. As part of the summit, the state agency that I work for – the California Tahoe Conservancy – released the following infographic.
The infographic describes a few of likely impacts of climate change to the Tahoe Basin’s social-ecological resources. These include its lakes and streams, forests, meadows, highways and trails, water and energy infrastructure, cultural landscapes, and recreation and tourism industry. You can see this by scrolling down to the centerfold — we formatted the infographic for 11×17 inch glossy paper, and printed it accordingly.
The infographic signifies the launch of a new Basin-wide Climate Adaptation Action Plan (CAAP) development process that the Conservancy has convened and is collaboratively leading.
The CAAP project involves
- modeled climate projections and assumptions scaled down to the Basin
- synthesis of recent scientific literature
- a vulnerability assessment
- an analysis of project and policy gaps
- discrete actions taken by partner agencies and stakeholders, and
- corresponding economic analyses and performance measures.
The project includes a Science & Engineering Team, State Agency Partners team, Peer Partners Group, and a contracted project manager and scientific editor. It also combines seed funding from the Conservancy with state Department of Transportation climate adaptation grant, and state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund grant; we will continue to look for supplemental grants to fund projects that emerge from the action plan.
With regard to resilience, the project’s third goal is to enhance the Basin’s resilience to climate change – the ability of its communities, resources, assets and landscape to withstand and adapt climate-amplified disturbances and extreme events. Performance measures will include the Basin’s institutional capacity to adapt to climate change.
In what ways have you used infographics to help teach people about socially-ecologically resilient landscapes?