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Fact Sheet: Climate Adaptation at the Federal Level

Rachel Hampton and John-Michael Cross
Created: 1/21/2014 - Updated: 8/12/2019


Climate change adaptation is a risk-management strategy characterized by adjustments to natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climate change. Climate adaptation (or resiliency) efforts can vary widely based on the needs of a region, but they commonly include better climate information and decision-making tools, new building and infrastructure standards, and infrastructure modifications that improve resiliency to storm water or extreme temperatures.Due to concerns over national climate vulnerability and unavoidable increases in climate risk in the coming decades, policymakers have expanded their focus beyond climate mitigation to include resiliency efforts. Many efforts are ongoing at the state and local level. Although progress by the federal government has lagged, strides have been made in the last few years. Action at the federal level can serve to provide guidelines and resources to states and cities, promote collaboration, and improve financing availability. This fact sheet will explore federal climate resiliency efforts, the majority of which are in progress.

Published On

Thursday, January 16, 2014


National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies