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Climate Change Response Strategy


The NPS Climate Change Response Strategy provides direction to our agency and employees to address the impacts of climate change. It describes goals and objectives to guide our actions under four integrated components: science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication. The NPS will collaborate with partners to identify and monitor climate change effects in parks and to apply accurate and relevant science to management and policy decisions. In a changing climate, the NPS will adapt through the development of feasible and actionable scenarios and create a flexible framework for dealing with impacts1. We will reduce the National Park Service carbon footprint (the amount of greenhouse gases emitted through NPS activities) through energy-efficient and sustainable practices and integrate these practices into planning and operations. Finally, through clear directed communication, the NPS will raise employees’ and the public’s awareness of the implications of climate change and inspire them to take steps to address this challenge.

Published On

Friday, September 10, 2010


National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Diseases or parasites
Infrastructure damage
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Reduce local climate or related change
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Conduct scenario planning exercise
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies

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Planning for Climate Change in the National Park Service

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Tourism / Recreation

The National Park Service (NPS) manages over 84 million acres in coastal, freshwater, and terrestrial environments in the United States. In September 2010, the NPS released a Climate Change Response Strategy, which includes mitigation and adaptation responses, to address projected climate change effects on these managed areas.