Advancing Adaptation in the City of Chicago: Climate Considerations for Management of Natural Areas
Managing natural resources in an effective and cost-efficient way requires responding to changes that are occurring in the climate system. Because rapid changes in climate threaten many of our ecological resources, incorporating ways to both reduce the rate of changes (mitigation), and respond to them in ways that allow us to protect what we value (adaptation) are important components of pro-active planning. This guide focuses on adaptation, with the aim of helping resource managers in the Chicago Wilderness region jump-start the process of updating approaches to management to better incorporate, and reduce the rate of, climate change. Specifically, the goal is to help resource managers identify options that can reduce the exposure of key species or systems to change, reduce their sensitivity to change, or increase their ability to adapt to change.