Climate Change Adaptation

Building Community Resiliency: Engaging Local Governments, Regional Land Use Planners and Decision-Makers in Climate Change Adaptation

It is increasingly believed that no matter how aggressive localities are in reducing greenhouse gases, some amount of climate change and resulting impacts will continue due to the effects of gases that already have been released. Our nation’s local governments – cities, counties, towns and townships –will be on the front lines reducing the negative consequences of climate change – which may play out differently in different locations. Some regions are already seeing changes in the climate, and others may expect to see changes over the next several decades; this may include extreme weather events or temperature changes, increased flooding or drought, coastal storm surges, sea level rise and urban heating. Because these problems reach across jurisdictional boundaries, they are best addressed by regional councils, including councils of government (COG) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). These entities play a critical role in bringing together local elected officials and planners of multiple jurisdictions to successfully plan for the complex challenges of climate change. In addition, climate data is most readily available on a regional scale, making regional councils the most appropriate organizations to implement successful adaptation programs.

NARC, through funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is working to investigate the readiness and needs of local government and regional land use planners and decision-makers to enhance their ability to plan for and respond to climate change. NARC will determine the type, scale, and format of climate information, data, and tools needed by land use planners and decision-makers to assist their development and implementation of climate change adaptation plans.

Climate Adaptation Report

NARC worked with the University of Colorado at Denver to explore how regional planning organizations are responding to climate change, as part of the Building Community Resiliency project. The results of this research are detailed in a white paper, Regions Planning for Climate Adaptation, which is located HERE. In addition, a synopsis of the paper and the key survey findings are included on the Environmental Reports webpage.



Climate Adaptation Information/News/Links:

Email Mia Colson or call 202.986.1032, x218

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