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Adapting to Climate Change

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Phase One
Publications

  


Domestic Adaptation Publications
The documents posted below provide information on climate adaptation in the United States.

Phase I: Understanding the Impacts
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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response—Public Infrastructure
RFF Report
James E. Neumann and Jason C. Price
June 2009

This RFF Report looks at how U.S. roads, telecommunications, coasts, electrical systems, and water supplies may be affected by changes in climate and suggests ways to prepare through policy choices.

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Agriculture and the Food System: Adaptation to Climate Change
RFF Report
John M. Antle
June 2009

More than most sectors, agriculture will feel the impacts of climate change. This RFF Report explores the role for public policy in helping U.S. farmers and ranchers as they develop practices to counter inevitable changes in temperature, rainfall, growing seasons, and soil conditions.

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An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment
RFF Report
David Kling and James N. Sanchirico
June 2009

This report assesses policy options for addressing climate change impacts on marine and coastal resources. The study is part of a series on U.S. climate adaptation policy being released by RFF.

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Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds
RFF Report
Alan P. Covich
June 2009

Severe drought, flooding, and other extreme weather events are inevitable in a changing climate. This RFF Report finds this will require the introduction of regional plans to ensure adequate supplies of freshwater for household use, irrigation, fisheries, and recreation.

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation
RFF Report
Steven W. Running and L. Scott Mills
June 2009

The challenges facing terrestrial ecosystems in a warming climate are daunting, according to this RFF Report that explores policies and perspectives on making nature more resilient in the face of climate stress.

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Adapting to Climate Change: Public Health
RFF Report
Jonathan M. Samet
June 2009

A warming world could trigger new perils to public health, but an RFF study finds that adaptation policies could mitigate many of the potential consequences—including risks of illness from heat waves, allergic and infectious disease, and rising air pollution.

Phase II: Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes
Getting Prices Right
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Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long-Term Flood Insurance 
RFF Issue Brief
Howard Kunreuther and Erwann
Michel-Kerjan
December 2009

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Adaptation of Agriculture and the Food System to Climate Change: Policy Issues
RFF Issue Brief
John M. Antle
February 2010

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Pre-Positioned Policy as Public Adaptation to Climate Change
RFF Issue Brief
V. Kerry Smith
June 2010

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Ecosystems and Climate Adaptation
RFF Issue Brief
James W. Boyd
July 2010

Improving Regulation and Management
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Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms
RFF Issue Brief
James E. Neumann
December 2009

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Better-Defined Rights and Responsibilities in Marine Adaptation Policy
RFF Issue Brief
James N. Sanchirico
December 2009

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A Legal Framework for Climate Adaptation Assessment
RFF Issue Brief
Daniel A. Farber
December 2009

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Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management
RFF Issue Brief
Joel B. Smith and William R. Travis February 2010

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Public Health: Adapting to Climate Change
RFF Issue Brief
Jonathan M. Samet
March 2010

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Climate Adaptation and Watershed Transboundary Governance Institutions
RFF Issue Brief
Marc K. Landy
June 2010

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Adaptations to Sustain High-Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change
RFF Issue Brief
Alan P. Covich
June 2010

Providing Information and Managing Extremes
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Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
RFF Issue Brief
Molly K. Macauley
May 2010

 

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Climate Adaptation and Federal Megadisaster Policy: Lessons
from Katrina
RFF Issue Brief
Marc Landy
February 2010

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Adapting to Extreme Events: Managing Fat Tails
RFF Issue Brief
Carolyn Kousky and Roger M. Cooke
May 2010

 

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Climate Dependencies and Risk Management: Microcorrelations and Tail Dependence
RFF Issue Brief
Roger M. Cooke and Carolyn Kousky
May 2010

PDF Promoting Innovative Climate Adaptation through Federalism
RFF Issue Brief
Winston Harrington
August 2010
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