American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “How We Respond” Project

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launched the “How We Respond” Project in order to showcase examples of how communities across the country are using science to effectively respond to climate change. The project includes a report and accompanying multimedia community profiles aimed at demonstrating a variety of approaches and solutions that other communities can model as they seek local solutions to climate change. Case study topics include building regional climate alliances in California and New Jersey, to relocating buildings to escape shoreline erosion in Alaska, to restoring wetlands for flood protection in Iowa and Massachusetts and more. The case studies were selected to showcase success stories from all across the country in different settings and ecosystems, to inspire innovation and action elsewhere.

How We Respond complements and expands on the AAAS’ “What We Know” Initiative communicating the urgency and opportunities to respond to climate change. This report discusses how science can inform adaptation planning and action, identifies some of the funding and resources available to respond to climate change, and summarizes the variety of ways that communities can build resilience by adapting to and mitigating climate impacts. 

The report incorporates examples from 18 case studies of communities and scientists working together on adaptation and mitigation efforts. The profiles each include: 

  • a short video story; 
  • extended descriptions of the case study; 
  • and brief summaries of the project status, community characteristics, major climate threats, community responses, key resources, and key stakeholders. 

AAAS is the world’s largest non-government general science membership organization and is the executive publisher of Science, a leading scientific journal.


Publication Date: September 2019

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