The Whys and Hows of Adapting to Climate Change. Lara Whitely Binder Climate Impacts Group University of Washington February 12, 2009 Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference. Climate Science in the Public Interest. Dealing with Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation.
Lara Whitely Binder
Climate Impacts Group
University of Washington
February 12, 2009Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference
Climate Science in the Public Interest
Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases
Managing the change that occurs as mitigation strategies are implemented.
What is Adaptive Planning?
Developing more “climate resilient” organizations, communities, economies, and ecosystems
What does this mean?
Taking steps to avoid or minimize the climate change impacts we can address while increasing the ability of human and natural systems to “bounce back” from the impacts that cannot be avoided (or anticipated)
Both are ways of adapting to climate change, however…
Two-Pronged Approach: MoleculesBuilding Capacity and Delivering Action
Building Adaptive Capacity
Delivering Adaptive Actions
Examples of Building Adaptive Capacity Molecules
Thanks to Tom Pagano, USDA NRCS, for much of this slide
At its core, planning for climate change is about Moleculesrisk management
Planning for Uncertainty Molecules
Look to implement
Provides benefits now with or without climate change
Provide climate change benefits for little additional cost or risk
Reduce climate change impacts while providing other environmental, social, or economic benefits
How do we get past, cont’d Molecules