Adapting to Climate Change - A Call for Federal Leadership

This report discusses the federal government’s importance in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change on the U.S. economy and domestic natural resources. This report presents analysis and recommendations for creating a National Adaptation Program in the U.S. federal government, including a suggested organizational structure and key federal roles. The recommended program has three major components: an Adaptation Strategic Planning Initiative, a National Climate Service, and an Adaptation Research Program. 

Drawing on the expertise of local, state, federal, and international leaders in this area, the authors provide concrete proposals for a governance structure at the federal level for climate change adaptation, and for incorporating the consideration of climate change into federal agency government operations and planning. 



Publication Date: March 2010

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Joel B. Smith
  • Jason M. Vogel
  • Terri L. Cruce
  • Stephen Seidel
  • Heather A. Holsinger

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  • Policy analysis/recommendations

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