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Assessing the State of Climate Adaptation in the Marine and Coastal United States, Territories, and Commonwealths
Climate change threatens the success and longevity of conservation, planning, and management. In marine and coastal environments, climate change-driven shifts are resulting in increasing ocean temperatures, changes in ocean chemistry, and sea level rise, which affect species, habitats, infrastructure, cultures, and economies. Identifying what approaches are being implemented and to what degree of success expands the list of options for decision-makers seeking to address climate change.
In 2011, EcoAdapt published a report detailing the results of a two-year survey of adaptation projects from different regions, jurisdictions, and scales throughout North America's marine and coastal environments. In December 2018, we initiated this project, which aims to identify, assess, and synthesize climate adaptation activities in marine and coastal United States and its territories and commonwealths.
This project will examine if and how practitioners have moved from generalities to concrete actions, including implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the effectiveness of adaptation strategies.
How and where is climate change adaptation action happening? What adaptation resources and tools are most useful? What adaptation strategies and actions have worked and why?
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