The State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview

Susan Ellsworth, Louise Jackson
Posted on: 4/11/2013 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Rachel Gregg



The State of Adaptation in the United States, a synthesis commissioned and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and undertaken by EcoAdapt, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University, and the University of California-Davis, provides examples of societal responses to climate change in our planning and management of cities, agriculture and natural resources. These examples include regulatory measures, management strategies and information sharing.

Chapter 1: An Overview of Opportunities
Lara J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Focus: Climate Change Adaptation and the U.S. Military
Rachel M. Gregg, M.M.A.
Chapter 2: Promoting Adaptation through Policy
Vicki Arroyo, J.D.
Chapter 3: Scope of Agricultural Adaptation in the United States: The Need for Agricultural Adaptation
Louise Jackson, Ph.D. and Susan Ellsworth, M.S.
Chapter 4: Preparing Human Communities and the Built Environment for Climate Change
Amy Snover, Ph.D.
Focus: Climate Change and Human Health
Amy Snover, Ph.D.
Chapter 5: How Climate Savvy is Natural Resource Management in the United States?
Lara J. Hansen, Ph.D. and Rachel M. Gregg, M.M.A.


Hansen, L., R.M. Gregg, V. Arroyo, S. Ellsworth, L. Jackson, and A. Snover. (2013). The State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview. A report for  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. EcoAdapt.

Affiliated Organizations

EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation innovation. We provide support, training, and assistance to make conservation and management less vulnerable and more Climate Savvy. Over the past 200 years, great strides have been made in the world of conservation and now all of that is at risk because of climate change. EcoAdapt is working to ensure the success of these past efforts by delivering a framework for climate adaptation.

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

The Center performs a vital role in the development of policy by:

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). Research at the CIG considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most work focused on the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with stakeholders, the CIG works to increase community and ecosystem resilience to fluctuations in climate.

As a leading global university, UC Davis and its community of faculty, students and staff are dispersed throughout the state, nation and world.

They are also home to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the Natural Reserve System, and the Bodega Marine Laboratory.