Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota - 2013 Report of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team

Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) 2013 report highlights how the state is working to reduce impacts, increase resiliency, and adapt to climate change. The report provides a comprehensive overview of climate impacts in Minnesota, followed by all of the state agencies climate adaptation progress.

The report summarizes the climate trends in the Midwest, followed by the currently observed and anticipated impacts of climate change identified by ICAT member agencies, and includes descriptions for each state agency’s related activities. 

ICAT currently includes representatives from the following Minnesota state departments and agencies: Agriculture, Commerce (Division of Energy Resources), Health, Natural Resources, Pollution Control, Public Safety (Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management), and Transportation, as well as the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Metropolitan Council. The report demonstrates what each of these agencies are carrying out related to adaptation.

ICAT also identifies many additional opportunities for agencies to increase their efforts and to collaborate on planning for climate change, which are presented in the report under 7 priority areas:

1. Building resilience to extreme precipitation
2. Implementing best practices that achieve multiple benefits
3. Protecting human health
4. Strengthening existing ecosystems by addressing ongoing challenges and risks
5. Building partnerships with local governments
6. Quantifying climate impacts
7. Conducting public and community outreach, education, and training

To summarize climate impacts, this report draws on climate science and analysis compiled in the National Climate Assessment.


Publication Date: November 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Minnesota Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT)


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  • Assessment
  • Progress report

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