Minnesota Climate Adaptation Framework and Menu of Climate Adaptation Strategies

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is working with the organization paleBLUEdot and other agencies to provide assessment services and funding for 23 cities throughout Minnesota to identify climate-vulnerable populations, resilience indicators, and strategies to reduce climate risks. The report includes a climate adaptation Goals for local communities across Minnesota, as well as a comprehensive list of adaptation strategies.  The project initiates the development of adaptation implementation plans for these communities to conserve resources, prioritize cost and benefit balanced strategies, and protect the most vulnerable populations from climate change impacts.

The climate resilience goals for Minnesota’s communities are based on projected climate impacts for the state, as well as the impacts to local vulnerable populations. Some of the goals and strategies identified would work with existing city or state policies, and others would require new policy or program development. Climate adaptation and resilience goals for Minnesota address climate impacts of heat stress, extreme weather events, air quality, flooding, vector-borne disease, water quality, water supply, and waterborne illness. Capacity building and economic resilience are other major focal areas for adaptation and resilience planning.

A Menu of Adaptation and Resilience Strategies was developed to respond to each of the Goals - and to support a local climate adaptation planning effort. The steps are discussed for a community to complete a final Climate Adaptation Implementation Plan with the intended goals.

Individual Vulnerable Population and Climate Adaptation Framework reports were developed for each Minnesota city including Akeley, Albert Lea, Brainerd, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Chisholm, Crookston, Duluth, Faribault, Fairfax, Granite Falls, Kelliher, Morris, Mountain Iron, Oakdale, Ranier, Roseville, St. Charles, St. Louis Park, Warren Winnebago, Winthrop, as well as the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Each Vulnerable Population Assessment and Climate Adaptation Framework report includes a review of past and projected climate change impacts, identification of community vulnerabilities, and development of adaptation strategies.  The assessment identifies climate risks and impacts on the population of the Minnesota community, as well as climate change impact multipliers. 



Publication Date: May 2018

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  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


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