DEEP: Getting Started with Climate Adaptation

Getting Started with Climate Adaptation

Knowing where to begin with climate change adaptation planning can seem overwhelming. However, many communities are just getting started with climate adaptation planning and there are many resources to help you begin. This page contains resources specific to each of the following five steps to help you get started with adaptation:
  1. Understand Climate Impacts
  2. Make a Case for Climate Change Adaptation and Create a Climate Preparedness Message
  3. Build a Climate Adaptation or Preparedness Team
  4. Formalize your Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation
  5. Finance Adaptation
Understand Climate Impacts

Understanding how climate change and weather impact your community is a critical first step in making the case to begin an adaptation planning process. These links provide climate change impacts information at the national or regional scale to help you make the case for climate change adaptation:
The Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment page has detailed information on climate impacts at the state and local level.
 
Make a Case for Climate Change Adaptation & Create a Climate Preparedness Message

Once the potential impacts of climate change are understood, the next step is to create a clear message to gain support for climate adaptation from citizens, elected officials, and municipal staff. The Communicating Climate Change page provides resources and tools for carefully crafting climate change messages.
 
Build a Climate Adaptation or Preparedness Team

Preparing your community for existing and future climate change impacts will require input and collaboration from a wide array of stakeholders. It is critical that your community pull together the right composition of individuals who have the knowledge, interest, and authority to help move your community forward with creating and implementing a climate preparedness plan. The links below contain examples from local climate change adaptation committees:
Formalize Your Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation

A formal commitment to climate change adaptation, such as a resolution or executive order supporting climate adaptation, can be key to community’s success. Similarly, integrating climate change into existing planning efforts – master plans and natural hazard mitigation plans for example – can ensure the communities long term resilience. Here are a few examples of community’s commitments to climate change adaptation:
Finance Adaptation
 
Although climate change adaptation planning can be done through the passion and commitment of hard working individuals, money often helps to provide support for such efforts. The Financing Climate Adaptation page provides resources and tools to help raise funds to plan for climate change and implement specific actions.
 
 
 
Content Last Updated November 2013