finding 28.1 : adaptation-plans-to-implementation

Substantial adaptation planning is occurring in the public and private sectors and at all levels of government; however, few measures have been implemented and those that have appear to be incremental changes.

This finding is from chapter 28 of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment.

Process for developing key messages: A central component of the process were bi-weekly technical discussions held from October 2011 to June 2012 via teleconference that focused on collaborative review and summary of all technical inputs relevant to adaptation (130+) as well as additional published literature, the iterative development of key messages, and the final drafting of the chapter. An in-person meeting was held in Washington, D.C., in June 2012. Meeting discussions were followed by expert deliberation of draft key messages by the authors and targeted consultation with additional experts by the lead author of each key message. Consensus was reached on all key messages and supporting text.

Description of evidence base: The key message and supporting text summarize extensive evidence documented in the peer-reviewed literature as well as the more than 130 technical inputs received and reviewed as part of the Federal Register Notice solicitation for public input. Numerous peer-reviewed publications indicate that a growing number of sectors, governments at all scales, and private and non-governmental actors are starting to undertake adaptation activity.01b45a4a-2021-405d-a65b-2340e9ca9677 9711f2e3-f3b1-4d25-bc0a-47fd17b56e41 Much of this activity is focused on planning with little literature documenting implementation of activities.7406884d-2302-4644-aa50-12ed8baf4fd7 65ce3b87-d63b-4582-a9b5-f25510b64e97 6e2fb7ae-1d84-42c3-b9eb-a215a8c1be86 Supporting this statement is also plentiful literature that profiles barriers or constraints that are impeding the advancement of adaptation activity across sectors, scales, and regions.7350d7b3-6e95-4375-ba23-26756b441fc2 5f2be58e-4fcf-439c-bba8-1ed29be711fe Additional citations are used in the text of the chapter to substantiate this key message.

New information and remaining uncertainties: n/a

Assessment of confidence based on evidence: n/a

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