Adaptation Resources

There are a large number of resources that are available to help communities and businesses to adapt to a changing climate.

Join one of the groups below…

If you are really serious about doing something about climate change and being active inCambridge_Guided_Busway the profession, you need to join at least one of these membership groups below. There are three membership organizations that I work closely with that greatly advance the adaptation profession and support communities in implementing best practices in climate adaptation.   These groups allow for peer interaction, provide credentialing opportunities, adaptation resources and some advocacy. (I am a member of each of these groups, but I receive no compensation for mentioning them here.)

American Society of Adaptation Professionals – Focuses specifically on building capacity within the climate adaptation professional community through webinars, affinity groups, research and national meetings. They also conduct a bit of advocacy.

Association of Climate Change Officers – Focuses on professional development and capacity building for climate change professionals. They also offer the Climate Change Professional Credential.

International Society of Sustainability Professionals – Focuses more on the overall sustainability of organizations and community. They offer the ISSP Sustainability Associate and the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional credential.

Climate Adaptation Tools –

Short list of sources, but some of the best options available. 

Hurricane Harvey Story MapHurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston; the resulting flooding led to regional devastation, impacting lives, homes, and livelihoods. harvey story mapThe storm also had numerous environmental impacts. The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) mobilized swiftly to acquire and process data and information about the flooding and related environmental impacts, such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund site impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation. The resulting analysis is shown through narrative summaries, maps, and infographics in the story map, “Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts”

Climate Feedback – Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. Our goal is to help readers know which news to trust.

US Climate Resilience Toolkit – Probably one of the most comprehensive set of tools for

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Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map

climate resilience and adaptation in the United States. The site provides planning frameworks, models, tools, data, case studies, etc.

National Climate Assessment – 2014 – The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. The 2017 assessment should be out soon.

NEW – Challenge for Sustainability – Building Resilience Toolkit – The Building Resilience Toolkit was developed to accompany A Better City’s research paper on climate adaptation in buildings for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission to support the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan. It is designed to give Challenge participants, commercial building owners, and the public guidance on potential structural interventions for increasing the resilience of commercial buildings to climate change.

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) – A great resource that assesses and vets a variety of climate research and best practices. It aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change and build a community of practice.

EPA Climate Change Adaptation Center – A good overall resource for identifying planning frameworks and specific planning tools for a variety of climate issues from green infrastructure to environmental justice tools to reduce impacts on low income communities.

Climate Central – Different from the other sites, as it is not tool or data heavy, rather this is a good site for climate journalism and some peer-reviewed climate research.