Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future

The North Carolina Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) - a group of 11 state and federal agencies - developed this coordinated climate adaptation strategy providing a framework for planning an integrated climate adaptation response for North Carolina. The report discusses how the state can proactively prepare for projected impacts of climate variability and weather extremes, with the emphasis on practical, economically feasible options that can be undertaken by state agencies, working with willing partners at local, regional, and federal levels.

This report presents the potential climate impacts on the state’s economy, infrastructure and natural resources, as well as strategies for considering those risks in planning, design, and implementation of projects within the framework.

Chapter 2: “Climate and Weather-Related Trends” summarizes climate trends beginning with the global scale, progressing to trends in the Southeast region, and then addresses trends that have been observed in North Carolina.

Vulnerability assessments were conducted and revealed five climate conditions that are most likely to impact North Carolina including drought, sea-level rise, tropical cyclones, heavy precipitation, and increased heat - all of which are reviewed in Chapter 3: “Climate-Related Impacts, Risks and Vulnerabilities for North Carolina.”

Two kinds of adaptation strategies are described in this report: Overarching cross-sector strategies and Sector-specific adaptive response options. These “climate ready” strategies are intended to address common concerns across sectors and regions, and to serve as a resource to support adaptive planning. The early efforts outline adaptive responses that build on existing processes using current resources, focus on “no-regrets” actions that are good to do for other reasons beyond climate adaptation, and show tangible results and responsible use of tax dollars. This initial effort concentrates on collaborative activities that can be accomplished in the next 3–5 years.

Cross-sector strategies recommended by the ILT are to:

1. Promote comprehensive adaptation planning among state agencies.

2. Facilitate communication and education to support local, regional and state planning efforts.

3. Collaborate with partners to provide relevant information for decision making.

4. Encourage broad collaboration and partnerships to leverage resources.

5. Partner with communities to facilitate local climate adaptation efforts.

6. Refine adaptation strategies as information becomes available and tools improve.

Appendix A provides more detail about the process that the N.C. Interagency
Leadership Team used to assess vulnerability and develop the coordinated adaptation strategy framework.

Publication Date: August 2012

Related Organizations:

  • North Carolina Interagency Leadership Team (ILT)


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  • Adaptation plan
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