Report from the National Climate Adaptation Summit

This report summarizes the priorities and conclusions of the National Climate Adaptation Summit, which was convened by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in May 2010. The goal of the Summit was to inform climate adaptation planning at the local, state, regional and federal levels and within the public and private sectors, including efforts by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). This report transmits the key findings, conclusions, and near-term priorities derived from the Summit, and offers these as inputs to broader federal efforts in climate adaptation, assessment, research, services, and related planning.

Seven priorities for near-term action which were identified during the Summit:

  1. Develop an overarching national strategy to guide federal climate change adaptation programs,
  2. Improve coordination of federal plans and programs,
  3. Create a federal climate information portal,
  4. Create a clearinghouse of best practices and toolkits for adaptation,
  5. Include support for assessment in USGCRP agency budgets,
  6. Increase funding for research on vulnerability and impacts, including economic analyses, and intergovernmental pilot projects to develop and test adaptation measures and tools, and
  7. Initiate a regional series of ongoing climate adaptation forums.

The report elaborates on the priorities and offers policy recommendations for each. For example, Summit participants recommended increased presidential engagement and revision of policies and regulations to ensure that they are consistent with climate adaptation needs.

The report contains the following conclusions:

  1. The United States' response to climate change must include both adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  2. The current suite of federal adaptation activities and plans lacks clear organization and is confusing to potential state, regional, and local partners and other stakeholders.
  3. The federal government’s production and dissemination of materials to raise public awareness about climate change has been sporadic and inconsistent.



Publication Date: September 29, 2010

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