Synthesis of Indicators, Datasets, and Frameworks Available to Establish Resilience and Adaptation Indicators: Case Study of Chesapeake Bay Region, USA
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Synthesis of Indicators, Datasets, and Frameworks Available to Establish Resilience and Adaptation Indicators: Case Study of Chesapeake Bay Region, USA

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    Current Climate Change Reports
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    Adaptation planning and evaluation ischallenging because adaptation is occurring on complex systems that are notcompletely understood. Though assessment is more straightforward for single projects, the larger question often askedis whether multiple adaptation actions, developed by differentactors and for different purposes, are making a region moreresilient. One way to comprehensively assess adaptation is through indicators—a promising decision support tool becausethey can be designed to efficiently and comprehensively summarize system behavior even if significant uncertainty exists.In practice, choosing indicators requires navigating a rich and often contradictory information landscape of peer-reviewedand non-peer reviewed documents and data products, largely produced for other purposes. In this paper, we review theavailable information applicable to resilience indicators for the Chesapeake Bay region of the USA. To provide consis-tency across such diverse projects and information sources, we develop a resilience framework through literature andstakeholder engagement that provides a consistent definition of objectives and frame for evaluation. Using systematicsearch methods, we identified 283 relevant documents, which were then qualitatively assessed for climate change andresilience themes. Predominant themes emerge around key regional impacts—sea level rise, water quality, flooding, andaquatic ecosystems—as well as magnitude of, exposure to, and impactsof climate hazards. Notably, relatively littleinformation was found for designing indicators for coping and adaptive capacity and adaptation responses. This resulthighlights that even for well-known problems in the Chesapeake Bay region, much work remains in translating the existinginformation landscape into actionable indicators.
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    Curr Clim Change Rep 7, 35–44
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