Planning Step: Evaluate and Learn

Successful climate adaptation requires ongoing monitoring and evaluation of adaptation planning efforts to continually assess the effectiveness of actions and adjust as necessary. Because of the uncertainties inherent in projecting future climate conditions, impacts, and responses and because our understanding of different types of adaptive actions is evolving, adaptation cannot be simply a policy or action that requires a one-time change. Adaptation plans should allow for a "feedback" mechanism, whereby new knowledge and information, lessons learned (including costs of implementation), and modified priorities can be accounted for and incorporated into the ongoing adaptation process.

For additional discussion, see Section III.D and IV.E of the Support Document.

  • During 2011, participate in Council on Environmental Quality sponsored climate change adaptation planning workshops to share lessons learned with other agencies.