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Planning for Climate Change

Marcus Griswold, Zoë Johnson, Marcus Griswold, Caroline Wicks, and Zoë Johnson
Created: 12/18/2013 - Updated: 2/12/2019


In order to protect local citizens from public health and safety risks and to protect public and private investments, communities should begin to plan for the impacts of climate change that our state is experiencing now and will continue to experience in the future.

Climate change will affect communities and local government functions in a variety of ways. Likely impacts include an increased risk for extreme events such as drought, storms, flooding, and forest fires; more heat-related stress; the spread of existing or new vector-borne disease into a community; and increased erosion and inundation of low-lying areas along coastlines. When assessing what the future climate holds, local governments may find that many of the projected climate change impacts are in fact more extreme versions of what communities are already experiencing today as a result of present-day climate variability and extreme events. Being proactive and strategic in planning for climate change impacts can create opportunities for modifying present-day policies and practices that can increase vulnerability to climate change.

Published On

Saturday, August 31, 2013


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations