table : fed-adaptation-actions

Examples of Individual Federal Agency Actions to Promote, Implement, and Support Adaptation at Multiple Scales

table 28.1

This table appears in chapter 28 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

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Agency Component Action Decision
All Federal Agencies Developed Adaptation Plans as part of their annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans The 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans for Federal agencies contain specific sections on adaptation. Agencies are required to evaluate climate risks and vulnerabilities to manage both short- and long-term effects on missions and operations.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative Through their first climate change cooperative agreements in 2010, CDC awarded $5.25 million to ten state and local health departments to assess risks and develop programs to address climate change related challenges.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Integrating climate change objectives into plans and networks USDA is using existing networks such as the Cooperative Extension Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Districts, and the Forest Service’s Climate Change Resource Center to provide climate services to rural and agricultural stakeholders.
USDA Forest Service Developed a National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change and a Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options, among many resources The National Roadmap was developed in 2010 to identify short- and long-term actions to reduce climate change risks to the nation’s forests and grasslands. The Guidebook builds on this previous work and provides science-based strategic and tactical approaches to adaptation.
Department of Commerce (DOC) NOAA Supporting research teams and local communities on adaptationrelated issues and develops tools and resources Through the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs) program, develop collaboration between researchers and managers to better manage climate risks. Through the Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) and the Digital Coast partnership, deliver science to support decision-making
Department of Defense (DoD) Developed a DoD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap DoD released its initial Department-level Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap in 2012. The Roadmap identifies four goals that serve as the foundation for guiding the Department’s response to climate change that include using a robust decision making approach based on the best available science.
DoD Developed climate change adaptation plan; making progress in priority areas including vulnerability assessments and development of policy and guidance The USACE Civil Works Program initial climate change adaptation plan in 2011 has a goal to reduce vulnerabilities and improve resilience of water resources infrastructure impacted by climate change. Vulnerability assessments and pilot projects are in progress. Other guidance is underway.
DoD U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Civil Works Program Developed road maps for adaptation in the Arctic and across the globe The Navy Arctic Roadmap (November 2009) promotes maritime security and naval readiness in a changing Arctic. The Climate Change Roadmap (May 2010) examines broader issues of climate change impacts on Navy missions and capabilities globally.
Department of Energy (DOE) Department of the Navy Develop higher spatial and temporal scales of climate projections and integrate adaptation and climate considerations into integrated assessments Develops community-based, high-resolution (temporal and spatial) models for climate projections and integrated assessment models that increasingly reflect multi-sectoral processes and interactions, multiple stressors, coupled impacts, and adaptation potential.
DOE Developed climate change adaptation plan, and completed comprehensive study of vulnerabilities to the energy sector of climate change and extreme weather The 2013 DOE Report “U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather” examines current and potential future impacts of climate trends and identifies activities underway and potential opportunities to enhance energy system climate preparedness and resilience.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Works with communities across the Nation to help them prioritize their activities to reduce risks FEMA released a Climate Change Adaptation Policy Statement establishing the Agency’s approach to supporting the Department in ensuring resilience to disasters in the face of climate change. FEMA’s action areas focus on developing actionable “future risk” tools, enabling state and local adaptation, and building resilience capabilities.
Department of the Interior (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Developed a FWS climate change strategic plan (2010) and established a network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) Established a framework to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats in the face of climate change. Created a network of 22 LCCs to promote shared conservation goals, approaches, and resource management planning and implementation across the United States.
DOI U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Established a network of Climate Science Centers (CSCs) DOI operates a National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and eight regional CSCs, which provide scientific information and tools that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other stakeholders can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
DOI National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Response Strategy (2010), Climate Change Action Plan (2012), and Green Parks Plan (2012) NPS actions span climate change science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication across national parks, including exhibits for park visitors, providing climate trend information for all national parks, risk screening and adaptation for coastal park units, and implementing scenario planning tools.
DOI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rapid Ecoregional Assessments (REAs) REAs synthesize information about resource conditions and trends within an ecoregion; assess impacts of climate change and other stressors; map areas best-suited for future development; and establish baseline environmental conditions, against which to gauge management effectiveness.
Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Developed Risk Assessment Model for transportation decisions DOT worked with five local and state transportation authorities to develop a conceptual Risk Assessment Model to identify which assets are: a) most exposed to climate change threats and/or b) associated with the most serious potential consequences of climate change threats. Completed November 2011.
DOT Comprehensive study of climate risks to Gulf Coast transportation infrastructure followed by in-depth study of Mobile, AL Phase 1 of the 2008 study assessed transportation infrastructure vulnerability to climate change impacts across the Gulf. Phase 2, to be completed in 2013, focuses on Mobile, AL. This effort will develop transferable tools for transportation planners.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Established the Climate Ready Estuaries program, the Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative, and a tribal climate change adaptation planning training program These selected EPA initiatives provide resources and tools to build the capacity of coastal managers, water utilities, and tribal environmental professionals to plan for and implement adaptation strategies.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Initiated NASA’s Climate Adaptation Science Investigator (CASI) Workgroup to partner NASA scientists, engineers, and institutional stewards The CASI team builds capacity to address climate change at NASA facilities by downscaling facility-specific climate hazard information and projections; conducting customized climate research for each location; and leading resilience and adaptation workshops that spur community-based responses.
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