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The new Climate Change Adaptation Program Area supports Federal agency climate adaptation planning. Please check in periodically for new information.

What is Climate Change Adaptation & Why is it Important?

Climate change adaptation means adjusting to a changing climate to minimize negative effects and take advantage of new opportunities. Climate change directly affects a wide range of Federal services, operations, programs, assets, and our national security. Through adaptation planning, an agency can identify how climate change is likely to impact its ability to achieve its mission, operate, or meet its policy and program objectives. By integrating climate change adaptation strategies into its planning, the Federal Government can ensure that resources are invested wisely and Federal services and operations remain effective in current and future climate conditions.

Background on the Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation

Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, establishes an integrated strategy for sustainability within the Federal Government. Under the Executive Order, each agency is required to evaluate their climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage the effects of climate change on the agency's mission and operations in both the short and long-term as part of the formal Strategic Sustainability Performance Planning process. In it's October 2010 Progress Report, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force recommended that CEQ issue climate change adaptation planning implementing instructions. The Implementing Instructions for Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning identify how agencies should respond to the adaptation requirements under the Executive Order.

Federal Framework for Adaptation Planning, and Guiding Principles

CEQ based its adaptation planning requirements on a six-step, flexible planning framework and eight Guiding Principles, as recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The planning framework is not meant to be prescriptive or to provide detailed recommendations for project-level adaptation, those detailed options will be developed over time by each agency with the help of a growing set of planning tools, illustrative case studies, and lessons learned. In addition, climate change adaptation planning in an iterative process; our knowledge of climate change is evolving, as is our understanding of different types of adaptive actions.

Please click on the links below for more information on specific planning actions.

Regulations, Guidance, and Policy
 
Federal
This EO, dated 30 January 2015, incorporates the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to ensure that agencies expand management from the current base flood level to a higher vertical elevation and corresponding horizontal floodplain to address current and future flood risk and ensure that projects funded with taxpayer dollars last as long as intended. This EO also amends EO 11988.
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
19 March 2015
The goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).
These instructions, dated 10 June 2015, provide Federal Executive departments and agencies with clarifying instructions for implementing EO 13693.
Released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on 28 October 2011 this plan identifies steps that Federal agencies can take to improve management of freshwater resources in a changing climate.
This report was published 5 October 2010 by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The report outlines recommendations on how Federal Agency policies and programs can better prepare the United States to respond to the impacts of climate change.
This document, prepared by the Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup and adopted on 7 April 2015, highlights progress made in 2014 implementing the National Action Plan and describes the specific tasks that federal agencies are planning to undertake in 2015 to build resilience of water resources.
State
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change's website for information on actions and policies at the state-level.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) provides information on the role of states in a federal climate program, and facilitates discussions between state officials and federal policymakers so that regional efforts support, inform, and influence the creation of federal policy.
Agency-Specific Climate Change/Adaptation
This website includes links to the current Climate Adaptation Plans for both Federal agencies subject to OMB's sustainability scorecard and those not subject to the scorecard.
The Farm Credit Administration's policy statement on climate change adaptation planning, as required by Executive Order 13514, Section 8(i), and the Council on Environmental Quality's "Instructions for Implementing Federal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in accordance with Executive Order 13514."
This site provides access to NOAA's climate change and climate adaptation policies as well as outlining the strategies they are implementing to reduce their carbon footprint. Additional there are multiple publicly-available tools which can be used to track the progress of climate change.
The U.S Social Security Administration's policy statement on climate change adaptation planning, as required by Executive Order 13514, Section 8(i), and the Council on Environmental Quality's "Instructions for Implementing Federal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in accordance with Executive Order 13514."
Supporting Information and Tools
 
Databases/Software Tools
Need help understanding Executive Order (EO) 13653, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change? GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool) can walk you through a hot annotated, or clickable terms, version of EO 13653 and provide information on definitions, strategies, and resource links along the way.
Developed by EPA, BASINS is a multi-purpose, environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art watershed modeling tools, including the Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model, into one package. Specifically, BASINS CAT provides flexible capabilities for creating climate change scenarios allowing users to quickly assess a wide range of what if questions about how weather and climate could affect their systems. BASINS CAT does not provide climate change data for specific regions and watersheds. Combined with the existing capabilities of HSPF for assessing the effects of land-use change and management practices, BASINS CAT can be used to assess the coupled effects of climate and land-use change, and to guide the development of effective management responses.
This DOE tool is an interactive framework that lets users explore the energy and carbon implications of altering the current U.S. energy profile. Using 'what-if' scenarios, users are able to adjust inputs to the electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation sectors in order to compare outcomes to baseline reference cases.
This is a NOAA and USDA-developed visualization program used to "see" potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. Users can download background pictures and insert the objects (hotel, house, marina, or other objects) of their choosing. The software is used by municipalities to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentations.
This toolkit provides downloadable and customizable outreach materials to use during an extreme heat event.
The Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) is an information and analysis tool on global climate change developed by the World Resources Institute. CAIT provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas emissions data (including all major sources and sinks) and other climate-relevant indicators.
This is an interactive map-based platform that contains layers of news and information on climate change in the United States. The map combines recent data on climate change indicators and emissions with geo-tagged stories on climate change.
From the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), this is a web-based source for scientifically sound information and advice on the strengths, limitations, and applications of climate data. Experts who construct, evaluate, and compare climate data sets contribute their perspectives and advice on climate data and analysis methods for a broad community of data users. Users may participate by posting comments, questions, and links. NCAR has designed the tool to act as a living repository for the climate community's collective knowledge and expertise on a broad array of observational datasets and their appropriate use in analyses and model evaluation.
Find resources to help companies, communities, and citizens understand and prepare for the impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise. Over time, you'll find more datasets, web services, and tools, as well as other themes such as the vulnerability of the food supply and the threats to human health from climate change. Check out the data catalog to browse relevant datasets. If you are looking for a streamlined list, the resources page features datasets and services on coastal vulnerability.
The Toolbox provides access to more than 500 resources that support climate adaptation planning at water utilities including: reports and publications; information about funding programs that could support climate-related actions by utilities and municipalities; upcoming workshops and training sessions; models and tools; and climate response materials that focus on mitigation and adaptive strategies. The Toolbox is organized into two sections: a highlighted resources section provides a selection of resources from each category and a map to help users select resources by geographic region; and a second section that features a search function that helps users to select resources based on their location, the size and type of their utility, and resources of interest.
This EPA tool provides a structured approach for water utilities to assess climate change risks and identify adaptation options. CREAT includes information on climate change impacts and associated threats to utility assets and helps the user through an assessment process that helps to generate reports to evaluate different adaptation options. CREAT will evolve to meet utility needs as new resources become available.
This USGS tool gives you access to coastal-hazards information along America's coasts. Pick your favorite beach location, type in the name, zoom in, and view potential impacts of extreme storms, historic shoreline changes, and coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. The tool runs on standard smartphone, tablet, and desktop web browsers, so you can overlay other geographic information easily without the need for GIS programs.
This toolkit was developed by the Digital Coast Partnership to help communities understand and address coastal inundation issues. Website components include: • Understand – What is coastal inundation, its causes, and impacts? • Identify – How do I recognize community risks? • Visualize – How can visualizations improve understanding of inundation? • Communicate – What are the best ways to communicate risk and vulnerability information? • Discover – What are others doing to address coastal inundation? This toolkit is an example of how the data, tools, and other information within Digital Coast can be used to address coastal issues. The toolkit provides the context and guidance for connecting the resources in the Digital Coast to the needs of coastal managers.
This is an interactive suite of tools that help users visualize risks to coastal communities and habitats, and help decision makers reduce and mitigate the risks from storms and other hazards like coastal erosion and flooding. This interactive suite of tools allows users to examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets. It also allows users to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions. The Coastal Resilience tools build from critical resources provided by many groups and agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), The Nature Conservancy, and the Natural Capital Project.
An online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape the world. "Climate and Atmosphere" is one of the ten topic areas. For each topic area there is a searchable database, country profiles, maps, feature stories, and global snapshots of each topic area by synthesizing country and region-level information. As of December 2010, WRI no longer actively maintains EarthTrends or its data collections. WRI has no plans to continue support for EarthTrends and cannot respond to requests for information or assistance. However, the site is still available for your convenience, with the understanding that the data sets available here may be out of date, and in many cases more recent information is available elsewhere.
This is a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of government, professionals, researchers, educators, non-governmental organizations, and anyone interested in considering the benefits or impacts of a decision, such as siting a new road or city park. EnviroAtlas uses seven broad benefit categories to organize its information and data on ecosystem services: Clean Air, Clean and Plentiful Water, Natural Hazard Mitigation, Climate Stabilization, Recreation, Culture and Aesthetics, Food, Fuel and Materials, and Biodiversity Conservation.
This tool includes data reported by the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The data reported by direct emitters provides a "bottom-up" accounting of the major sources of GHG emissions associated with stationary fuel combustion and industrial processes. Well over half of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are accounted for in this facility level data set, including nearly complete coverage of major emitting sectors such as power plants and refineries.
The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Planning section of the FEMP website is designed to provide Federal agency personnel with guidance to achieve agency GHG reduction goals in the most cost-effective way. Using a portfolio-based management approach for GHG mitigation planning, agencies will be able to prioritize strategies for GHG mitigation. Agencies can also use this guidance to set appropriate GHG reduction targets for different programs and sites within an agency
This EPA database currently contains traits data for 3,857 North American macroinvertebrate taxa, and includes habitat, life history, mobility, morphology and ecological trait data. These data were compiled for a project on climate change effects on river and stream ecosystems. The traits data were gathered from multiple sources, which are listed on the web site under, "Data Source". Data gathering efforts focused on data that were published or otherwise well-documented by trustworthy sources, accessible, appropriate for the regions being studied, in a standardized format that could be analyzed or easily converted to a format that could be analyzed, and ecologically relevant to the gradients being considered.
This website provides ready access to federally maintained geospatial data, services and applications. The website makes it possible for users to create customized maps using federal geospatial data and common geographic maps. They also can integrate their own data into the maps, and share the maps through Web browsers and mobile applications. The platform was developed by the Federal Geographic Data, an interagency committee chaired by the Secretary of the Interior. The panel also includes members from the Office of Management and Budget, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Examples of maps in the system include: EPA cleanup sites; National Wetland Inventory; USA Soil Survey; and the USGS National Map.
This is GSA's innovative green building learning simulation which is a part of GSA's SFTool. Green the Building places you in the role of a resource-constrained decision-maker, charged with greening buildings through strategic energy, waste, water and occupant satisfaction improvements. You must choose technologies, implement best-practices, support behavior changes and plan carefully to create buildings that conserve resources, reduce waste, save money and keep occupants happy and healthy. Need help? Don't worry! Embedded links connect you directly to the clear explanations you've come to expect from SFTool.
The purpose of this DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) website is to assist Federal agencies with strategic planning for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The website will help agency personnel to evaluate mitigation strategies for different emission sources, including buildings, fleet vehicles, business travel and employee commuting, and prioritize projects to achieve reduction goals in the most cost-effective manner.
This Geographic Information System (GIS) tool can be used to generate scenarios of housing-density changes and calculate impervious surface cover for the conterminous United States. The ICLUS User s Guide accompanies the tool. This product distributes the population projections and creates land use data described in the 2009 EPA report "Land-Use Scenarios: National-Scale Housing-Density Scenarios Consistent with Climate Change Storylines".
This is an array of 24 climate and water information graphics for our region, covering recent and current precipitation, snowpack, drought, streamflow, reservoir, and ENSO conditions, and climate and ENSO forecasts. These graphics are served directly from their providers so that they are automatically updated in the Dashboard as often as the respective provider updates them. The user can select graphics to enlarge to full size, and move them around the Dashboard to compare with other information.
This tool will help communities along the Great Lakes plan for, and adapt to climate change and changes in lake water levels. The viewer uses high-resolution elevation data, enabling users to display and visualize water levels associated with different lake level scenarios with a high degree of accuracy ranging from zero to six feet above and below average lake level. Users can view elevation models, determine lake water depths at specific locations, examine data confidence, and view societal and economic impacts. More than 4,900 miles of U.S. shoreline ring the Great Lakes, of which 3,800 miles are currently mapped on the Lake Level Viewer. The tool covers areas in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The tool was developed by the National Ocean Service's Office for Coastal Management as part of its Digital Coast initiative.
This watershed modeling system includes streamlined Hydrologic Simulation Program Fortran (HSPF) algorithms for simulating hydrology, sediment, and general water quality on land as well as a simplified stream transport model. LSPC is derived from the Mining Data Analysis System (MDAS), which was developed by EPA Region 3 and has been widely used for mining applications and TMDLs. A key data management feature of this system is that it uses a Microsoft Access database to manage model data and weather text files for driving the simulation. The system also contains a module to assist in TMDL calculation and source allocations. For each model run, it automatically generates comprehensive text-file output by subwatershed for all land-layers, reaches, and simulated modules, which can be expressed on hourly or daily intervals. Output from LSPC has been linked to other model applications such as EFDC, WASP, and CE-QUAL-W2. LSPC has no inherent limitations in terms of modeling size or model operations. The Microsoft Visual C++ programming architecture allows for seamless integration with modern-day, widely available software such as Microsoft Access and Excel.
This wiki is a materials management toolkit of: climate protection actions, example climate action plans, new approaches to GHG inventories, measurement tools, and links to additional resources.
This is a climate-visualization website tool from the Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey. The tool gives citizens and resource managers the opportunity to look at climate-driven impacts on watersheds and map projected changes at the local, regional, state and watershed levels. The tool includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 of the downscaled models for two of the RCP emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5. The tool also allows users to visualize projected changes in climate (maximum and minimum air temperature and precipitation) and the water balance (snow water equivalent, runoff, soil water storage and evaporative deficit) for any state, county and USGS Hydrologic Units (HUC).
This is the National Ocean Council's portal for data, information, and tools to support people engaged in planning for the future of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. The goal is to be a one-stop hub to support planners and to provide useful information to the public.
This is a searchable online database that provides a gateway to climate information for the Eastern US. It summarizes needs for climate information as articulated in publications; identifies available data, products and services; and captures planned and on-going projects. The goal is to offer a tool to search for regionally relevant climate information, and to facilitate collaborative opportunities across the network of climate-focused programs and partners in the Eastern US.
This is an open-source tool which aids users in accessing and interpreting complex climate data. OpenClimateGIS serves users who are already familiar with GIS systems, enabling them to access data for specific regions and sectors and providing access to recent data such as outputs from climate models.
This website is a gateway to a broad range of information related to climate in the Pacific Islands. It includes summaries of programs, projects, and activities, as well as products and services. Formed through the collaboration of and contributions from a family of agencies, institutions, and organizations, this website is intended to serve as a shared resource for research scientists, service providers, and decision-makers. The website provides access to a broad range of region specific information related to historical hindcasts and multi-decadal projections. For example, users can search, by region and/or climate variable, and find a list of relevant products along with a brief summary and a direct link to each. This developmental website was put together by representatives of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center working in support of the Pacific Climate Information System. For more information on the site, visit:
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has released this online idea database of actions on adaptation to help businesses and communities adapt to climate change. The adaptation practices listed in the database include ensuring access to safe and clean drinking water, promoting resilience of business operations to disasters, providing technologies or services to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change impacts, increasing agricultural yields in climate-vulnerable areas, developing climate-friendly goods and services, and "climate proofing" the supply chains of companies.
An online map that provides easy access to localized scenarios of projected changes in annual total precipitation, precipitation intensity, annual average temperature, 100-year storm events, and sea-level rise from EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool. To explore local climate change projection data across the United States, simply zoom in on a location of interest or type a location into the search field of the map. Climate change projection data within this map is provided by grid cell, illustrated as a square grid with 1/2-degree resolution, approximately 32 x 32 miles, for the United States.
This portal provides a centralized, comprehensive catalog of observational networks associated with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the southeastern United States that may be influenced by climate change. The Portal is in the first phase of development and is being actively populated with new program and site information. The Portal was developed as part of the Southeast Climate Science Center research project, Assessment of Terrestrial and Aquatic Monitoring Programs in the Southeastern United States, which aims to support the efforts of multiple federal, state, and other organizations in the development of a comprehensive and integrated assessment of monitoring programs associated with atmospheric, stream, and terrestrial ecosystems.
States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway. This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan. This site provides a map that highlights the status of state adaptation efforts. By clicking on a state you can view a summary of its progress to date and to access its full profile page. State profile pages include a detailed breakdown of each state's adaptation work and links to local adaptation plans and resources.
This is an interactive map that illustrates the current worst-case storm surge and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The map combines data layers from FEMA 100 and 500 year flood maps as well as NOAA's Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) and National Hurricane Center's coastal county hurricane strike maps.
SWMM is widely used throughout the world and is considered the "gold standard" in the design of urban wet-weather flow pollution abatement approaches. It is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model used for single event or long-term (continuous) simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas and allows users to include any combination of low impact development (LID)/green infrastructure controls to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater and sewer overflows. SWMM-CAT is an easy to use add-on that applies monthly climate adjustment factors onto historical precipitation and temperature data to consider potential impacts of future climate on stormwater.
The site provides a straightforward interface to data for 195 sites on streams and rivers throughout the West. This tool is intended for western water managers and the public to help increase accessibility of science-based information and understanding of how climate variations will impact the availability of water to communities.
This database includes the results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide. Called "Tethys," after the Greek titaness of the ocean, the database will help industry regulators and energy project developers deploy sustainable ocean energy projects in an environmentally responsible manner.
The USGCRP recently announced the online availability of a suite of scenarios on climate, sea level rise, land use and land cover, and other conditions. These scenarios were developed as input to the U.S. National Climate Assessment. The scenarios were developed by multiple agencies in consultation with a National Climate Assessment working group whose members include both university-based and federal research scientists.
Developed by EPA, this an on-line tool that provides a flexible capability for creating user-determined climate change scenarios for assessing the potential impacts of climate change on sediment loading to streams using the USDA s Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) Model. In combination with the existing capabilities of WEPP for assessing the effectiveness of management practices, WEPPCAT also can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for managing the impacts of climate change.
To facilitate TMDL analysis and watershed planning, WARMF was developed under sponsorship from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a decision support system for watershed management. The system provides a road map to calculate TMDLs for most conventional pollutants (coliform, TSS, BOD, nutrients). It also provides a road map to guide stakeholders to reach consensus on an implementation plan. The scientific basis of the model and the consensus process have undergone several peer reviews by independent experts under EPA guidelines. WARMF is now compatible with the data extraction and watershed delineation tools of EPA BASINS. WARMF is organized into five (5) linked modules under one, GIS-based graphical user interface (GUI). It is a very user friendly tool suitable for expert modelers as well as general stakeholders.
WAM is a tool that has been shown to be useful in the assessment of watershed-related properties. WAM was developed to allow engineers and planners to assess the water quality of both surface water and groundwater based on land use, soils, climate, and other factors. The model simulates the primary physical processes important for watershed hydrologic and pollutant transport. The WAM GIS-based coverages including: land use, soils, topography, hydrography, casin and sub-basin boundaries, point sources and service area coverages, climate data, and land use and soils description files.
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Directories/Catalogs/Newsletters
Created by the EPA National Water Program, this is a directory of regional climate change adaptation programs of federal natural resource agencies to be used as a tool to strengthen coordination to assist in preparing for a changing climate. The first section of this directory provides a short summary of the various federal natural resource agency programs that are deployed on a regional basis to support climate change adaptation, as well as a map of the region or area served by the program. The second section of this directory is organized by the eight regions described in the Third National Climate Assessment released May 6, 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
EPA's Heat Island Listserv keeps registrants informed with periodic announcements of funding opportunities, webcasts, publications, and events of interest to the urban heat island community.
This listserv issues news of important state and local developments in cost-effective climate and energy policies and technologies that can help address state and local concerns with air quality and greenhouse gases; energy prices, demand, and reliability; and economic development. Listserv messages announce new policy developments; highlight technology advances; share information on new studies, reports, and upcoming events; and note new funding opportunities.
Libraries/Repositories
This section of EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Toolkit provides information on climate change adaptation options and other resources that can help coastal managers develop adaptation strategies.
A virtual library of guidebooks, adaptation plans and case studies, including a map search feature. The site also hosts a directory of organizations and climate change professionals, and climate change tools.
This website serves as a hub for recent climate-related work at the Academies. It highlights climate studies that have been produced by committees of leading scientists and other experts convened by the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and numerous other entities within the National Research Council. At this site, you will find brief summaries, booklets, videos, and other resources related to these reports. You will also find information about significant ongoing climate activities across the Academies.
The Toolbox provides access to more than 500 resources that support climate adaptation planning at water utilities including: reports and publications; information about funding programs that could support climate-related actions by utilities and municipalities; upcoming workshops and training sessions; models and tools; and climate response materials that focus on mitigation and adaptive strategies. The Toolbox is organized into two sections: a highlighted resources section provides a selection of resources from each category and a map to help users select resources by geographic region; and a second section that features a search function that helps users to select resources based on their location, the size and type of their utility, and resources of interest.
Sponsored by the U.S. DOT, the clearinghouse is designed as a one-stop source of information on transportation and climate change issues. It includes information on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, analytic methods and tools, GHG reduction strategies, potential impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure, and approaches for integrating climate change considerations into transportation decision making.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has created this website featuring an easy-to-access collection of resources to help federal agencies with planning and implementation for climate change adaptation. Resources include relevant federal executive orders and strategic plans, selected technical reports on adaptation research, frameworks and other information to help agencies adapt their operations to changing climate conditions, and overview reports for higher-level decision makers.
The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States--policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. The Georgetown Climate Center is part of Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. The Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.
A library of all GAO publications related to climate change since 1990.
The Division of Earth and Life Sciences of the NAS publishes climate and weather related publications. Both finalized publication and in-progress studies are available.
This Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government. The site includes: case studies, a visualization tool, maps, pointers to training courses, catalog of freely available tools, and a five-step process you can follow to initiate, plan, and implement projects to become more resilient to climate-related hazards.
Organizations/Programs
CICERO is an independent research center associated with the University of Oslo, Norway. CICERO conducts research on and provides information and expert advice about national and international issues related to climate change and climate policy.
The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC), hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation. The CCRC addresses the manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" by providing information about basic climate sciences and compiling knowledge resources and support for adaptation and mitigation strategies. The site offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and toolkits.
This website summarizes DOI offices and programs in the area of climate change.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website.
The GHG Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 to build the GHG management infrastructure of the future, with a focus on training and supporting a global community of qualified professionals to work on GHG measurement, accounting, auditing and management.
The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC doesn't conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
A network of organizations working with the National Climate Assessment (NCA) to engage producers and users of climate assessment information across the United States.
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research climate change program website.
The center provides analysis and resources on climate change science, technology, policy, markets, and initiatives through an extensive website.
EPA's SmartWay program provides information and tracking abilities for federal agencies sustainable transportation (freight and cargo). Agencies can download and review data on the carriers they are considering as part of their best value determination as well as obtain sustainable data information for their agencies transportation activities using SmartWay haulers. Data includes carbon accounting and reporting.
Website of US State Department global diplomatic efforts on climate change, including international efforts through the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
USGCRP coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Thirteen federal departments and agencies participate in the USGCRP. The site provides access to up-to-date research and publications concerning global warming as well as regional and sector climate information.
Website of the UN for activities under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, including the Conference of Parties (COP) meetings (Cancun 2010). The website contains introductory and in-depth publications on the science of climate change, adaptation, mitigation, and international cooperation and treaties.
A multi-agency research and development program for the development of climate change technology. The mission of the program is to accelerate the development and adoption of technologies that can reduce, avoid, or capture and store greenhouse gas emissions by strengthening the Federal research and development portfolio across more than a dozen participating agencies.
An EPA-led partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions.
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. AS one of their four programmatic goals, WRI seeks to " Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change."
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The purpose of this paper is to identify research needs for all aspects of the research-to-decision making pathway that will help us understand and mitigate the health effects of climate change, as well as ensure that we choose the healthiest and most efficient approaches to climate change adaptation. The paper is authored by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH) an ad hoc group formed by participating federal agencies and organizations at the invitation of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This April 2012 guide provides federal, state, tribal and other natural resource managers with tools to more effectively address the complexities and uncertainties involved in natural resource management, especially under challenging conditions such as climate change. The Applications Guide includes case studies ranging from river flow management and protecting migratory birds to siting renewable energy projects. These are drawn from four areas important to Interior and its partners: climate change, water resources, energy, and human impacts on the landscape. The examples show the breadth of adaptive management applications at different scales and different levels of complexity.
This December 2012 report is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Stream Systems Technology Center. The report summarizes findings of a collaborative effort between land managers and researchers in which at least one national forest from each of the Forest Service's nine regions participated. Eleven National Forests from throughout the United States conducted assessments of potential hydrologic change due to ongoing and expected rapid climate warming. Each National Forest identified water resources important in their area, assessed climate change exposure and watershed sensitivity, and evaluated the relative vulnerabilities of watersheds and water resources to climate change. The report provides an overview of core assessment components and highlights similarities and differences of the eleven pilot assessments. Important concepts that emerged during the pilot assessments are emphasized.
The EPA workbook provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds or coastal environments.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of Chicago case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of Keene case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A King County, WA case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A Miami-Dade County, FL case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A city of New York City, NY case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A state of Maryland case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
A state of Oregon case study in agency level adaptation planning from the Implementing Instructions for Agency Adaptation Planning: Support Document, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, February 24, 2011.
This guide examines how climate change is already affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats and addresses how natural resource managers will need to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes. Developed by a collaboration of experts from federal, state, and non-governmental institutions, the guide offers practical steps for crafting conservation actions to enhance the resilience of the natural ecosystems on which wildlife and people depend. This publication was developed by a workgroup convened by the National Wildlife Federation and included individuals from: Desert Research Institute, EcoAdapt, U.S. EPA, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Geos Institute, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, National Park Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Dated February 2014, this report for the U.S. Department of Energy summarizes the lessons learned from 16 government, educational and nonprofit groups that received grants to advance the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Participants in projects across 24 states and the District of Columbia assessed the barriers to and opportunities for PEV deployment in their regions and prepared and executed readiness plans. The report is designed to be an accessible primer to the key issues in PEV deployment and a roadmap to the detailed research, toolkits, and sample language for local policies contained in the readiness plans.
This document outlines the necessary steps for cost-effective creation of a bicycle-friendly environment for employees at and visitors to Federal facilities.
This analysis reviews the current major monitoring and evaluation frameworks, identifying key strengths, gaps, and the most suitable audiences for each resource. Their analysis highlights the opportunities and challenges facing the implementation of climate change adaptation programs, and most importantly, enables busy professionals and practitioners to identify which materials will help them most.
This GAO report, dated 29 July 2014, found that climate change and related extreme weather impacts on infrastructure and federal lands increase fiscal exposures that the federal budget does not fully reflect. Investing in resilience--actions to reduce potential future losses rather than waiting for an event to occur and paying for recovery afterward--can reduce the potential impacts of climate-related events. Implementing resilience measures creates additional up-front costs but could also confer benefits, such as a reduction in future damages from climate-related events.
This December 2014 document is a Guide and Toolkit designed to assist healthcare providers, design professionals, policymakers, and others with roles and responsibilities in assuring the continuity of quality health and human care before, during, and after extreme weather events. The guidelines are focused on healthcare infrastructure resilience to climate change impacts as manifested primarily by extreme weather events. This document also provides key tools and insights to improve the climate resilience of the full spectrum of healthcare delivery settings at the institution (campus or facility) level. Hazard vulnerabilities addressed in the Guide and Toolkit include: planning (service locations, stormwater, site and transportation access issues); structural (fixed structural element, such as roofs and walls); nonstructural (utilities, electro-mechanical systems, communications systems); and organizational (supply chain and staff accommodation). The document was developed by Department of Health and Human Services.
This December 2014 guide is intended to address a wide range of health care facility vulnerabilities. It spans risks related to buildings, utilities and infrastructure, including IT infrastructure, supply chain issues, the needs of staff, and the role of the healthcare facility in the broader community. It is intended to be helpful to a broad spectrum of facilities from complex university hospitals to outpatient service providers and nursing facilities. This guide was developed as part of the President's Climate Action Plan by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This report to Congress was prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation and is dated April 2011. This report was prepared to fulfill the requirements of section 9503 of the SECURE Water Act and addresses the elements of section 9503 part (c): 1. each effect of, and risk resulting from, global climate change with respect to the quantity of water resources located in each major Reclamation river basin; 2. the impact of global climate change with respect to the operations of the Secretary in each major Reclamation river basin; each mitigation and adaptation strategy considered and implemented by the Secretary of the Interior to address each effect of global climate change; and 4. each coordination activity conducted by the Secretary with the USGS, NOAA, USDA, or any appropriate State water resource agency.
Developed by The Nature Conservancy's California Program, this report evaluates nine green infrastructure case studies in California and makes a case for conservation as an effective tool to reduce risks of a changing climate. Each case study improves flood or coastal protection, provides habitat and preserves or restores the natural dynamics between water and land. The report reviews the available data on the costs and benefits of each case and, where possible, compares this information with the costs and benefits of a gray alternative at the same site.
This EPA report, issued May 2011, identifies the top ten materials in California, Oregon, and Washington with the greatest potential for reducing GHG emissions if diverted from landfill disposal through recycling and composting. The report was produced by the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and is EPA Report Number 910-R-11-003.
The purpose of this report is to provide the transportation community (including highway engineers, planners, NEPA practitioners) with digestible, transparent, regional information on projected climate change effects that are most relevant to the U.S. highway system. This information is designed to inform assessments of the risks and vulnerabilities facing the current transportation system, and can inform planning and project development activities. The report is dated May 2010 and is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT.
This report provides information on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change.
Construction Design
Produced February 2011 by The Center for Clean Air Policy the goals of the project were exploring and catalyzing adaptation to climate change at the local level, spreading adaptation best practices from partners to other local and professional communities, and influencing national and state climate adaptation policies. This report provides an assessment of general lessons learned over the course of the project and thoughts about future directions for local climate adaptation.
Produced February 2011 by The Center for Clean Air Policy this paper provides information on the costs and benefits of "green" infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change. This report will evaluate the performance and benefits of a selection of green infrastructure solutions, using their range of technological, managerial, institutional, and financial innovations as a proxy for their value for climate adaptation.
Water
This 2015 guide introduces climate change and adaptation planning to water sector utilities by outlining climate challenges based on type and geographic region. The Guide provides suggested adaptation strategies for system impacts associated with climate change challenges such as drought, water quality degradation, ecosystem changes, and changes in service demand and use. New features of the 2015 edition include: information based on updated models data from the U.S. Global Change Research Program 2014 Report, sustainability briefs addressing green infrastructure, energy management, and water demand management, and updated water utility climate adaptation case studies.
This conference brings together federal, state and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; and businesses to share information and attend technical training concerning pollution prevention, resource conservation and the appropriate management of used oil, household hazardous waste, and other toxins. The conference is co-sponsored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN). All sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2012, and are 90 minutes in length. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 30, 2012.
This report, "Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Exercise with North Hudson Sewerage Authority and New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program", is a product of an EPA-facilitated exercise, joined by EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative and Climate Ready Estuaries program to support watershed partners, such as the National Estuary Programs, by using the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to help collaboratively identify climate change threats, assess potential consequences, and evaluate adaptation options at the utility and in the estuary. The report documents the methodology used and the outcomes of the exercise so that other water utilities and National Estuary Programs could conduct a similar exercise of their own as drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities fulfill their public health and environmental missions.
Released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Center in April 2011, this guidebook describes adaptation strategies in the categories of water conservation; storm water control and capture; resilience to water quality degradation; preparation for extreme weather events; diversification of water supply; and mitigation. The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provided technical and methodological expertise.
Training, Presentations, and Briefings
The 2015 symposium was the platform for releasing the new implementing instructions for EO 13693 as well as providing updates on numerous other sustainability efforts by Federal Agencies. See the website for a full list of presentations and speakers as well as links to videos. The symposium was held on 10 June 2015 and hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and George Washington University.
This is the first education module in a series of three developed by the USDA's Climate Change Resources Center. It gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed. The expected time commitment for this module is about 20 minutes, plus the activity. Time spent exploring the many outward links and interactive features within the module will be at the user's discretion.
The U.S. FWS is offering this course designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners through two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans and provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes. Vulnerability assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.
The U.S. EPA, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), developed this toolkit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become "climate stewards." This kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc. The new case studies and activities have been reviewed by scientists and educators in all 7 agencies involved in the creation of the kit.
Presentation given by Gary Clow, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies to enable attendees to complete all required training CCO Training Bootcamps (including electives) for the Climate Governance Certificate. These academies will provide curriculum on topics including understanding climate science and variability, identifying climate hazards and conducting vulnerability assessments, basics of greenhouse gas accounting, the food-water-energy nexus, and fundamental governance and stakeholder engagement strategies.
Climate Insights 101 is a short course series designed to provide users with an in-depth understanding of climate science and related issues. 101 is produced as a series of modules, each with several animated lessons. The course is offered by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
This training series consists of three modules designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is "climate ready." Toward this end, these modules provide stakeholders and decision makers with clear information about Great Lakes climate, as well as what we need to adapt to, why, and how. This project was sponsored by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team.
This training provides an overview of climate change impacts and the methodology and functionality of CREAT. EPA's CREAT software was developed under the EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, which provides drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with practical tools, training, and technical assistance to confront climate change through climate related risk assessment.
This training uses an example utility to demonstrate how to input utility information, identify threats, and access the climate information in CREAT. EPA's CREAT software was developed under the EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, which provides drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with practical tools, training, and technical assistance to confront climate change through climate related risk assessment.
This training demonstrates how to complete an assessment, develop an implementation plan, and generate reports. EPA's CREAT software was developed under the EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, which provides drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with practical tools, training, and technical assistance to confront climate change through climate related risk assessment.
Learn more about the Climate Ready Estuaries' "Being Prepared for Climate Change" workbook and the San Juan Bay Estuary Program's vulnerability assessment project. The Workbook is a tool that can be used by any place-based organization to identify and prioritize actions needed to address climate change vulnerabilities. This webinar was originally broadcast 29 October 2014.
Offered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center and based on the new guide, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice", this course is designed to clarify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance on how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. Course participants will learn to become knowledgeable consumers of climate information, tools, and models. The target audience includes conservation practitioners and natural resource managers working at multiple scales to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of their work in an era of climate change.
This course was designed to provide land managers with a range of presentations by experts on carbon science, management, and policy. The three themes of the course are "The Carbon Cycle and the Role of Experts," "Carbon and Wildland Management," "Carbon Assessments and Markets." Fifteen presentations are included here, accompanied by references and links, and a set of quizzes on the material.
The NWS Climate Services Division Seminar Series was created to build capacity in NWS field offices on climate-related topics. Speakers are chosen based on suggestions from NWS field offices for topics of interest. Topics previously addressed included: sea level rise, global warming issues, new tools/software, and communicating climate change to the public.
This is an online course focused on the preparation of hydro-climate inputs for incorporating climate change in water resources planning.
The Pew Center convened a workshop addressing the use of cost-benefit analysis in determining climate change costs. A major focus of the workshop was the inadequacy of traditional analytical tools, such as CBA, for guiding policy decisions about non-incremental changes in economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Many participants recommended a risk-management approach that views climate stabilization as insurance against uncertain but intolerable outcomes. The workshop report contains an extended summary of 17 presentations and the full text of nine background papers by experts in climate science and economics.
Conferences and Events
August 2015
The forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, and emergency response. However, this year we will also be including breakout session tracks related to tribal water programs – water quality, drinking water, and habitat restoration (including wetlands, streams and fisheries).
This summit convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security. These joint events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change.
The symposium focuses on the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state's strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2015 is convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.
September 2015
Topics for the conference include: the future of coal, smart grids, public lands, energy and water nexus, climate change, bioenergy, transportation, energy R&D, microgrids, natural gas, wind, and solar to name a few.
The event is designed to provide transportation agencies with information, research results, and sample practices to assist in their ability to anticipate and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will promote international dialogue on research, implementation, and lessons learned.
October 2015
This is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making so that this knowledge can accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. BECC is currently in its ninth year and is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.
The 2015 Groundwater Foundation National Conference will serve as a call to action on behalf of groundwater. The future is upon us, and action is needed to identify challenges and develop approaches and solutions to address them. From climate change and growing societal needs to a wide variety of emerging contaminants, each of us will need to be prepared to prevent and mitigate the potential risks to this precious resource. Through knowledgeable speakers, educational workshops, and unique tours, conference participants will find tools and experiences to help them take action to protect groundwater in their communities.
November 2015
The theme of the summit is "Bridging the Gap: Collaborative Science for Adaptation Management." The conference will be organized around broad topic areas, including climate science, key natural resources and systems, and social context. Keynote speakers include Secretary of the Interior Jewell (invited) and Lynn Scarlett (confirmed), former Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
The 2015 Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals together to advance capacity in responding to sea level rise and highlight innovative strategies for adaptive planning. As the recent findings related to the Antarctic ice shelves cast clearer light on rates of sea level rise, the coastal ecosystems and inland water systems are at even greater risk, and the recent catastrophic impacts from hurricanes and typhoons have made the need to plan for adaptation a clear and present necessity. These emerging and increasing environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental, economic and social degradation induced by climate change.
This conference brings together researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, as well as information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.
The theme of the 2015 summit is "Transforming Decision Making, Developing Adaptive Infrastructure & Advancing Solutions."
December 2015
The purpose of CATEE is to help communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment – and reduce related emissions.
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