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ClimAID Writing Guidelines & Style Guide

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WRITING GUIDELINES

• Page length à ~50 single-spaced Word text pages

• Word count à maximum of 25,000 words, including case studies, + 20
“displays” (tables or figures), + references

• Page format à justified, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman font, Single text
columns, page numbers bottom center.

• Pagination à heading and subheading numeration, example on Central Desktop

• Units  All English Units

• Citations & references à
– Parenthetical referencing within text (Author et al., 2012)
– References format: Author, F. 2012. Title. Journal Name, Vol#, pgs. Will post
citation and reference examples on Central Desktop.
– Endnotes for supplemental information

• Audience à decision and policy-makers, other state climate change adaptation
projects, researchers, general public, federal government

• Glossary à Explain terms in each chapter

OVERALL REPORT OUTLINE

Summary for Policymakers
Introduction
Section One
1. Vulnerability and Adaptation
2. Equity and Environmental Justice, Economics, and Science-Policy Linkages
3. Climate Risks

Section Two
4. Water
5. Coastal Zones
6. Ecosystems
7. Agriculture
8. Energy
9. Transportation Infrastructure
10.Communication Infrastructure
11.Public Health
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendices; Glossary & Acronyms (?); b. Benchmark Adapt. Study Review; Other
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CROSS-CUTTING ELEMENTS TEMPLATE

• Integrating Mechanisms
– Introductory stand-alone chapters (V&A; CR) at the beginning of the
document
– Sub-sections within each sector chapter

• Cross-Cutting Elements
– Introductory stand-alone chapter at beginning of document
– Text within each sector chapter to cover general information
– Specific analysis of one case study

• Conclusions and Recommendation Chapter
– Includes IM and CCE wrap up

SECTOR CHAPTER TEMPLATE

A. Sector Description, including
- Economics input, with subsection heading if appropriate
- Non-climate stressors, with subsection heading

B. Sector-specific Climate Risk Factors/Variables/Issues (Short; Key information
needed; Reference Climate Chapter)

C. Sector-specific Vulnerabilities, including
- Equity Environmental Justice subsection from Template
- Sector-specific Climate-related Vulnerabilities/Decisions (Table)

D. Sector-specific Adaptation Strategies

E. Highlighted Case Study with CCE Input

F. Sector-specific Science-Policy Linkages

G. Conclusions and Recommendations

ADAPTATION STRATEGY CATEGORIES

Type
• Management/operations
• Infrastructure – physical components of each sector
• Policy

Administrative
• Private vs. public
• Governance scale – local/municipal, county, state, national
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Condition
• Incremental action
• Paradigm shift

Timing
• Time of implementation - Short term < 5years; med. term 5to15 years; long
term >15 years;
• Speed of implementation – presence of tipping points/policy triggers

Geography
• Spatiality: wide-spread, clustered, isolated/unique

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