The State of Adaptation in the
United States: An Overview is a synthesis report funded by the MacArthur Foundation and undertaken by EcoAdapt, the
Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, the Georgetown Climate
Center at Georgetown University, and the University of California-Davis and
provides examples of societal responses to climate change in our planning and
management of cities, agriculture and natural resources. These examples include
regulatory measures, management strategies and information sharing.
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In addition to the activities
already underway, which could serve as models for others wishing to address
climate change in their own communities, The
State of Adaptation in the United States also identifies the gaps that need
to be filled to better prepare society for climate change, as well as actions
that could fill those gaps.
“Climate change is something you can plan on
and it's something forward thinkers are starting to plan for,” said Dr. Lara Hansen, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt. “The State of Adaptation in the United States
shows you where to find the emerging new ideas, as well as where the
opportunities exist to leap-frog the process ahead more quickly so we can all
benefit from this innovative, early learning.”
- The Inaugural
National Adaptation Forum: Action Today for a Better Tomorrow. The Forum was held in April 2013 in Denver, CO, serving as a capacity-building
opportunity and means to increase cross-sectoral linkages
among adaptation practitioners. Participants included >500 governmental, NGO,
academic, and private sector representatives.
- American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). Launched in 2013, this society
aims to organize and support the needs of climate change adaptation
professionals – in academia, public, and the private and non-profit sectors –
working on adaptation from national to local scales and within or across
multiple sectors. This group used the National Adaptation Forum as an
opportunity for its first public convening.
stock of existing guidance. Direct people to what is already available, assess the efficacy of the tools, and
create what is still needed.
change adaptation marketing.
Most people don’t know what adaptation is by name and many don’t know what it
is even when you explain it. It needs to be made understandable, approachable,
adaptation implementation (especially
at the state and local level). Provide incentives to implement more challenging
or experimental approaches that include mechanisms for assessing efficacy
through monitoring and evaluation.
Pathways for Success.This includes an analysis and synthesis of technical mechanisms (including
project, process, and monitoring design), legal mechanisms, and metrics of
success for effective adaptation. From this, good replicable models of
successful adaptation can be developed.
- Move the climate change agenda
beyond its current perception as being an environmental issue.
Make it central to good planning and management for social and economic
sustainability and well-being. This includes efforts to broaden the scope of
climate change adaptation to show cross-sectoral linkages and the synergies
that evolve through multi-sectoral cooperation.
For more information, contact Lara Hansen or Rachel M. Gregg.
Hansen, L., R.M. Gregg, V. Arroyo, S. Ellsworth, L. Jackson
and A. Snover. 2013. The State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview.
A report for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. EcoAdapt.