1.2 Prioritizing climate change adaptation options: reality vs. theory

Monday, 18 July 2011: 12:00 AM
Salon A (Asheville Renaissance)
Lara C. Whitely Binder, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and A. K. Snover

As more communities initiate adaptation planning, the question of how to prioritize adaptation actions in a way that is meaningful is becoming increasingly apparent. This presentation will highlight how different planning efforts at state and local levels, as well as guidance documents and published literature on adaptation planning, have approached the challenge of prioritizing adaptation actions. Planning efforts examined include the states of Oregon, California, Maryland, and Washington; New York City; Keene, New Hampshire; Kimberley, British Columbia; King County, Washington; and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington State. Guidance documents reviewed include Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments (2007) and NOAA's Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers. The works also draws on peer-reviewed published literature and discussions with state and local government staff who have been involved in adaptation planning.
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