The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework

Oregon's Climate Change Adaptation Framework is the result of a collaborative effort between Oregon's state agencies with support from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This report provides a framework for the continued development of strategies and plans to address future climate conditions in the state. Priority climate risks and their respective impacts on key sectors are outlined, followed by over 100 adaptation strategies for near- and long-term planning and implementation. 

This framework identifies 11 key risks that are likely to occur. For each risk, it provides: 1) risk assessment results; 2) consequences of the risks to key sectors and communities (ecosystems, built environment, public health, and economy - forestry and agriculture); 3) current state agency efforts to address the risks; 4) gaps in agency capacity; 5) needed actions; and 6) priority implementation actions including coordination, research, and resource needs.

Working from a list of 119 recommended state agency actions, short-term high priority actions were identified that were limited to current agency authorities, capacities, and responsibilities. The cost-benefit approach used to analyze and select priority, short-term actions is detailed in the report. The report also acknowledges it will be necessary to continue to develop adaptation strategies and plans, in particular at the regional and local levels.

The framework was developed in parallel with the Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR) by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI). The OCAR and this framework are intended to complement each other. The OCAR identifies the most likely impacts from climate change, which will help the state prioritize resources to prepare for and adapt to a changing and variable climate.


Publication Date: December 2010

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