Find State and Local Adaptation Plans The Georgetown Climate Center tracks progress states are making in implementing their adaptation plans and provides quick access to local plans in every state on their main website.
Developed at the University of Southern Maine with funding from the EPA, the COAST program predicts damages from varying amounts of sea level rise (SLR) and storms of various intensities, and evaluates relative benefits and costs of response strategies. Although it is a technical tool, COAST can connect the technical with the social, political, and economic realities of local adaptation. Stakeholders are involved when they parametrize the model. Being entirely driven by the participants, the tool uses locally derived data on vulnerable assets such as real estate, economic activity, infrastructure, and natural resources.
Climate and land-use change are major components of global environmental change with feedbacks between these components. The consequences of these interactions show that land-use may exacerbate or alleviate climate-change effects. Based on these findings it is important to use land-use scenarios that are consistent with the specific assumptions underlying climate change scenarios.
In a world where industries are dependent on water, where water sustains our global economy, and climate change is likely to exacerbate already diminishing water supplies, few business have contemplated the risks of a diminishing water supply. This report covers global water trends and climate change, analyzes water-related business risks, and evaluates industry sector risks. Water-related risks discussed are specific to eight water-intensive industry sectors: high-tech, beverage, agriculture, electric power/energy, apparel, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, forest products, and metals/mining.
This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.